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Nace eats away at corrosion

NACE is the place where the worldwide fight against all forms of corrosion begins. That place now is the Katy area’s Park Ten location, and the battle is beginning to get bigger.

That’s the word which Mike Moss, senior director of NACE Operations and Education, gives to members. This non-profit society’s mission statement is “protecting people, assets and environment from the effect of corrosion. “

NACE was established in 1943, and had a hundred or so attendees in the Rice Hotel in downtown Houston in 1944. It will hold its next convention March 13-17 in George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston where more than 6,000 delegates from more than 25 countries are expected to attend. Moss said there will be 550 exhibition booths where there’ll be information about the latest advancements in corrosion science, education and engineering.

The benefits of learning ways to detect, treat, and, in some cases, prevent corrosion are vast, Moss said, and the association’s targets include oil and gas pipelines, infrastructure, bridges and ships throughout the world.The association’s website at www.nace.com, lists more than two dozen symposiums, expositions and conferences --in addition to the world conference – scheduled in sites throughout the nation in 2011.

Moss cited significant NACE advances this past year:

• Membership increased to more than 25,000 members

• 10,000 students received training in fighting corrosion

• 7,000 marine vessels in Southeast Asia received NACE approval

• 521 classes were conducted in 31 countries

Moss said that there still is a need for a massive public awareness effort because corrosion still is everywhere, relentlessly causing damage to people, assets and the environment. He indicated that most NACE efforts now are on land-based problems which can be solved with more education and dedication. NACE particularly is interested in partnerships with municipal utility districts where community drinking water and wastewater are affected.

NACE depends on volunteers to help it accomplish many of its goals, Moss said. He lauded volunteer efforts around the world. Moss noted the fight against virtually all forms of corrosion is becoming more effective due to technology.

NACE welcomes everyone’s interest in fighting corrosion, Moss said.

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