Materials Performance

JUN 2019

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58 JUNE 2019 W W W.MATERIALSPERFORMANCE.COM NACE NEWS Launch of the NIICAP Program in India T he NACE International Institute (NII) formally launched the NII Contractor Accreditation Program (NIICAP) in India on April 19, 2019 with a full-day workshop hosted by India's largest company, Indian Oil Corp., Ltd., in the western city of Ahmedabad. The function was attended by over 50 people from Indian Oil and several of its coatings contractors. The NACE team was represented by NII Executive Director Helena Seelinger ; NACE Director of Global Operations Kamal Taher ; Senior Manager of NII Oper- ations Anna Roberts; Kim Shah, CORCON Institute of Corrosion; and NACE Past President Samir Degan. The Indian Oil team was headed by Chief General Manager (M&I) S.S. Gupta. After the inaugural ceremony, the NACE team presented comprehensive de- tails on NIICAP, which was then followed by an open discussion session. Post lunch there were breakout groups for individual discussions with the various contractors. At the concluding session, Gupta stated Indian Oil's support for NIICAP and a phased introduction for the accreditation in their tenders. He strongly recom- mended that the contractors get accred- ited at the earliest opportunity, as any delays may affect their participation in tenders at a later date. As has been the trend in Asia, Indian Oil support for NIICAP is similar to the support received from Saudi Aramco and Kuwait Oil. The NACE team is now following up with sev- eral of the contractors and hopes to have several signed up by mid-2019. NIICAP Background NIICAP is the premier, industry-driven and industry-managed accreditation pro- gram that validates a contractor's quality assurance program, support practices, and production processes. The NIICAP process is transparent and customer-focused from the top down, resulting in a robust accred- itation program that endorses only coat- ings contractors who have demonstrated capabilities and competencies necessary to meet owner requirements. The accredi- tation process is based on three different auditing standards: AS-1, AS-2, and AS-3. The three NIICAP standards are used to assess and audit a contractor's ability to meet a variety of customer specifications. Contractors that earn accreditation through NIICAP's audit process distin- More than 50 people attended the launch of the NIICAP program in India. Representatives from Indian Oil, NACE, NII, and others presented information about the program. guish themselves as elite coating applica- tors by demonstrating the highest levels of specialty knowledge, product and service quality, and organizational achievement. For more information, visit www. niicap.net.

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