Materials Performance

JUN 2016

Materials Performance is the world's most widely circulated magazine dedicated to corrosion prevention and control. MP provides information about the latest corrosion control technologies and practical applications for every industry and environment.

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CORROSION 2016 RECAP 65 NACE INTERNATIONAL: VOL. 55, NO. 6 MATERIALS PERFORMANCE JUNE 2016 Monday, March 7, 2016 NACE Launches IMPACT Study Steve Kroft Urges Corrosion Community to Take Action Prior to the keynote presentation, NACE Past President Elaine Bowman introduced the NACE International global corrosion study, IMPACT—The International Measures of Prevention, Application, and Economics of Corrosion Tech nologies. The IMPACT report can be downloaded from the IMPACT Web site: Ancient coatings relied on red ocher pigments, as seen in this 40,000-year-old drawing. Tator took the audience through history, starting with the Big Bang. NASA image. Steve Kroft shares his experiences when researching and developing his 60 Minutes exposé on America's dilapidated infrastructure. Modern coatings include zinc-rich protective coatings. of influencing governmental entities and enacting legislation regarding corrosion mitigation. "The only constant is change," Tator concluded. "Advancements in materials science and technology are accelerating and the world will continue to change at an even faster pace." In his keynote presentation at CORROSION 2016, Steve Kroft called the state of America's infrastructure a "scandal" and discussed how he researched and developed his 2014 infrastructure exposé, "Falling Apart: America's Neglected Infrastructure" for 60 Minutes. Kroft reiter ated the need for such communication in the corrosion industry. He lamented the dilapidated state of American infra structure as well as the U.S. government's inaction regarding funding necessary for repairs and upgrades. "The only people who don't want to spend money to fix the problem are the majority of the people in Congress," he said. Kroft appealed to NACE members to take action, and help communicate to leaders and policymakers that the cost to fix or prevent infrastructure degradation is less than the cost of infrastructure failures. "Everyone knows fighting corrosion is important," said Kroft. "They probably don't know what it's going to cost over the long haul." "The situation we're facing right now is not about costs and expenses, it's about investments," he added. "Decay produces only costs." Following his speech, Kroft joined NACE CEO Bob Chalker and incoming NACE President Sandy Williamson for a brief discussion. Kroft provided some insight from his position as a journal ist as to how NACE can communicate its message of corrosion prevention to govern ments and the news media. " You've got to integrate your efforts with the people and groups who are fighting for more spending on infrastructure," Kroft advised.

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