ITA 2018 Conference Information

The International Tar Association (ITA) is pleased to announce the Association’s 2018 Annual Conference will be held in San Francisco, California from Sunday, September 16th, through Tuesday, September 18th. The Annual Conference will be hosted at The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square, 335 Powell Street. Conference delegates will enjoy this location for the close proximity to shopping, restaurants, museums, cable cars and popular locations around the city including The Wharf, China Town and The Golden Gate Bridge! The International Tar Association is excited to bring the conference to San Francisco for the 2018 Annual Conference.

Both Conference Registration and Hotel Reservations are available on the ITA website for attending the Annual Conference. The International Tar Association looks forward to welcoming you to San Francisco!

Conference Itinerary and Information:

The ITA 2018 Annual Conference will begin on Sunday, September 16th with two afternoon options for conference delegates to select from. Option one will be to join the ITA for an afternoon baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies. Option two will be to join the ITA for an afternoon musical performance of ‘On Your Feet, The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan’ at the Golden Gate Theater.

The ITA 2018 Annual Conference will officially commence with a Welcome Reception on Sunday, September 16th, at 18:30 PM. This Reception is a great opportunity for our Member Company Delegates and Conference Delegates to come together ahead of the two day intensive conference. This year, the ITA Welcome Reception will be held at The Press Club, where we will enjoy tasting some of California’s finest wines and micro-brewed beers. The Press Club is located a short distance from The Westin St. Francis. The ITA warmly invites and encourages all conference delegates to attend this reception.

On Monday, September 17th, the International Tar Association Member Companies meet for a morning ITA General Assembly meeting at 9:00 AM. The ITA Membership Committee will then hold a 30 minute informational presentation for Prospective New Members starting at 11:30 AM followed by the Conference Lunch for all conference delegates.

The Annual Conference commences on Monday afternoon at 13:30 PM and includes a speaker program designed to focus on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, Coal Tar, Coal Tar Pitch, Carbon Black, Naphthalene, Coke, Steel, Aluminum and consumer products related to these industries. Conference speakers come from diverse backgrounds providing insight and content relative to the past, current and future related markets. The ITA encourages questions and participation from the audience to create a dialogue with our invited speakers. Overall, the Conference is a great opportunity for individuals working in these related market segments to share and obtain information relative to local, regional and global markets.

On Monday evening, the ITA will host the Conference Dinner aboard the Empress Hornblower for a dinner cruise in San Francisco Bay. As our annual conference moves around the globe each year, the Conference Dinner typically captures the uniqueness of the conference city, providing a great experience for all delegates. From the Empress Hornblower our delegates will enjoy the architecture of San Francisco’s skyline, view Alcatraz Island, sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy a late summer sunset. The Empress Hornblower resembles a turn of the century riverboat, featuring multiple decks for viewing and dining. We will enjoy live entertainment during the dinner cruise.

The Annual Conference continues on Tuesday, September 18th, with the continuation of the speaker program on industry related topics from 8:30 AM. The Conference session concludes with a mid day Conference Lunch. By design, the ITA keeps the afternoon unscheduled to allow our Members and Delegates to arrange meetings for further networking opportunities.

The Speaker Program for the 2018 Annual Conference is under development for this year. We will post information on the website as speakers are confirmed.

If any company is interested in sponsoring a portion of the annual conference or for a planned event, please contact Mr. Tim Bart, ITA President, at, for more information.

The International Tar Association looks forward to welcoming you to San Francisco and the 2018 Annual Conference.

Summary of Scheduled Events:

  • Sunday Outing Option 1: San Francisco Giants Baseball Game – 9/16
  • Sunday Outing Option 2: Get on Your Feet Musical Show – 9/16
  • Welcome Reception – 9/16
  • Conference – 9/17 & 9/18
  • Conference Lunches – 9/17 & 9/18
  • Conference Dinner – 9/17
  • Spouses’ Tour – 9/17

*The two Sunday outing options will remain open to all delegates while supplies last. We may not be able to accommodate your first choice; however will provide an option for all interested delegates.

Annual Conference Sponsors:

Conference Sponsors

Recochem Inc.

850 Montée de Liesse Road
Montreal, Quebec H4T 1P4 CANADA

Himadri Specialty Chemical Limited

23A Netaji Subhas Road
8th Floor, Suite N 15
Kolkata 700 001 INDIA

Lone Star Specialties, LLC

Lone Star, TX, USA

Koppers Inc.

Carbon Materials and Chemicals
1600 Koppers Building, 436 Seventh Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 USA