Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cooperation with worldwide scientific and technical societies - A MISSING link for research institutions and professional associations in India

It is quite disturbing to see the present position of our Indian research institutions and professional associations in the global arena for corrosion control and associated science discipline.

Please go through the following links to see our present position.

The World Corrosion Organization - Member Organizations
http://www.corrosion.org/memberorganizations.asp

Cooperating Societies - International Society of Electrochemistry
http://www.ise-online.org

Where do our institutions miss to establish such collaboration essential for technology developments? Our role is to explore a suitable "Iron Pillar Way" to get a proper berth for INDIA's representation.

Specialized Study on ‘Indian Chemical Industry - Technology Imperatives & Business Opportunities for Speciality Chemicals

The Indian chemical industry, one of the oldest indigenous industries, has been contributing significantly to both industrial and economic growth of the country. There exists an ardent need for making the vibrant downstream industries capable of producing world-class end products through process intensification. This is aimed at establishing a strong presence of Indian chemical industry in the international arena. India also needs to be positioned as global R&D destination so as to attract quality human resources.


Considering the importance of the sector, TIFAC intends to commission a study jointly with Indian Chemical Council (ICC) on ‘Indian Chemical Industry - Technology Imperatives & Business Opportunities’ with emphasis on speciality chemicals. The study aims to capture the needs and aspirations of the Indian chemical industry by formulating a technology roadmap for the speciality chemical sector.

http://www.tifac.org.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=781:call-for-proposal&catid=49:latest-news&Itemid=17

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Allowing more depreciation rate for plant and machinery in the chemical industry - Is it good for Corrosion Control efforts? Does it call separate CREDIT for corrosion prevention measures?

Post Budget Memorandum submitted by Indian Chemical Council On The Union Budget For The Year 2010-11

Depreciation Rate for Chemical Industry: The industry employs processes involving the use of highly corrosive materials. The structures (on which equipment is installed) are also made of steel, which is also prone to corrosion. Some of the chemicals like Brine/ Chlorides corrode even Stainless Steel. Reactions and separation processes involve tough conditions in terms of temperature and pressures from extremely high pressures and temperatures to sub zero temperatures and sub-atmospheric pressures/ extreme vacuum levels. All this takes toll on the equipment used in chemical industry. The wear and tear of plant & machinery in the chemical industry is relatively much higher as compared to other industries. The depreciation allowed for the purpose of income tax was earlier @ 25% which was brought down 15%. It is requested that same may be restored to 25%.

Source: http://www.indianchemicalcouncil.com/news.php?action=read_news&news_id=53

H. R. 3462 `Corrosion Prevention Act of 2009' recently introduced in the US calls for:

SEC. 2. CREDIT FOR CORROSION PREVENTION AND MITIGATION MEASURES FOR ENERGY-RELATED PROPERTY.

(a) In General- Subpart D of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (relating to business-related credits) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

`SEC. 45R. CORROSION PREVENTION AND MITIGATION MEASURES FOR ENERGY-RELATED PROPERTY.

`(a) In General- For purposes of section 38, the corrosion prevention and mitigation credit determined under this section for the taxable year is an amount equal to 50 percent of the excess of--

`(1) qualified corrosion prevention and mitigation expenditures with respect to qualified energy-related property, over

`(2) the amount such expenditures would have been, taking into account--

`(A) amounts paid or incurred to satisfy Federal, State, or local requirements,and

`(B) amounts paid for corrosion prevention practices, as certified by a person

certified pursuant to subsection (b)(2).

Sunday, April 18, 2010

India Asset Management - Corrosion Technology Roadmap

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Our Vision We Can Control Corrosion In India

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Reducing Maintenance Budget

Reducing maintenance budget to defer inspection. Is it a good decision? If the focus is on corrosion, Can we consider Corrosion Management precursor of Inspection Management or vice versa?

Corrosion Prevention Act in India

Do we need to have corrosion prevention act in India to encourage corrosion control efforts? What is our present position?

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Journal of Electrochemical Society: Corrosion, Passivation, and Anodic Films - Current Issue

ScienceDirect Publication: Corrosion Science

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CDA: What's New on Copper.org

ASTM International - New Standards for Corrosion and Wear

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