Sunday, December 20, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

India - Government proposes formulation of National Chemical Policy and establishment of Corrosion Control Bureau. Our Viewpoint: There is an essential need to tap the knowledge and skills of Overseas Indians for knowledge transfer to our country.

Our Viewpoint: It is a welcome move to form an agency that will coordinate the entire development in corrosion management of India. Our country needs rigorous research works and effective collaboration between scientific and industrial community. The present focus on producing the fundamental corrosion research works requires to be diverted to deal with real world corrosion problems. On the other hand, Industries have the general perception that we have to depend on foreign technologies for controlling corrosion in India at the present time. This is evident through Global tenders floated for corrosion management contracts. Although efforts are taken by various agencies in India to promote the corrosion control awareness, the present approach doesn't fetch productive results due to many reasons. A singe entity like National Corrosion Bureau is essential to bring all the available resources to a common platform. Collaboration among the stakeholders is the key for finding cost-effective corrosion control anwers. We come across numerous incidents of corrosion induced pipeline leakages leading to huge loss of drinking water supplied to the public. Our present policies on water and environment do not effectively address the importance for corrosion control. The present proposal for National Chemical Policy will encourage the Industries to employ the talents needed for corrosion control. A large pool of Indian science and engineering talents migrated to the overseas for employment in corrosion control and asset integrity management. There is an essential need to tap the knowledge and skills of Overseas Indians in this field for knowledge transfer to our country. We CAN Control Corrosion in India for connecting Indian Diaspora Knowledge Base with the Indian talent pool and industries for finding technology answers.
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A National Chemical Policy, which is in the final stages of preparation, provides for the establishment of a National Bureau of Corrosion.

Pollution threat

Addressing a conference on corrosion, CORCON 2015, Surjit Kumar Chaudhary, Secretary to the Department of Chemical and Petrochemicals, said, “Social economic development index of a country is directly linked to consumption of chemicals, which is increasing in India. Since they are also major pollutants, they should be dealt in a way that makes them sustainable.” The steps taken will not only ensure sustainable utilisation of petrochemicals, but also build a supply feedstock to the industry and help combat corrosion, he added.

Corrosion problem

VK Saraswat, Member of NITI Aayog, said “India loses about 7 per cent of its Gross National Product due friction and corrosion,” and added that programs for developing new materials that can withstand corrosion should be carried out.

Publication Date: 19 November 2015

India-Corrosion Conference - CORCON 2015 organisers said that Indian economy suffers a loss of around Rs.375,000 crore annually due to corrosion, Our viewpoint: We need a proper survey not only for estimating the realistic corrosion cost, but also exploring the resources available within our country

Our Viewpoint: There are many historic metallic wonders  available to showcase the engineering knowledge glory and material development skills of ancient India. We need a proper survey not only for estimating the realistic corrosion cost, but also exploring the resources available within our country. It is a general perception that we have to depend on foreign technologies for controlling corrosion in India at the present time.  Our country needs rigorous research works and effective collaboration between the scientific and industrial community. The present focus on producing the fundamental corrosion research works requires to be diverted to deal with real world corrosion problems. We observe these corrosion problems everywhere starting from the domestic through to industrial establishments. There are many instances of corrosion induced water pipeline leakages leading to loss of huge volume of water and also posing health threats to Public. There is no effort on solving corrosion problems faced by the Public. Establishing the public friendly collaboration platform for sharing the problems and also experience to resolve such issues is essential for the success of corrosion control programs. A significant number of non-resident Indian engineers are employed by the overseas companies to resolve corrosion and material challenges in their industry side. But the situation in our country is not an encouraging one. Our government needs to tap the talent pool and encourage the growth of Indian Diaspora Knowledge Network in this domain for conserving our material resources and saving the national economy. We CAN Control Corrosion in India.
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Indian economy suffers a loss of around Rs.375,000 crore annually due to corrosion
CHENNAI: Indian economy suffers a loss of around Rs.375,000 crore annually due to corrosion, an official said.

The three day CORCON 2015 -- a conference on corrosion -- will engage on the technologies and measures to mitigate the loss, said a top official of the organising committee.

"Around Rs.375,000 crore loss is suffered by the country due to corrosion. The three day conference that starts here on Thursday will deliberate on the recent advances in corrosion control and how it is tackled by various industries like chemicals, refinaries, marine, power, fertiliser, oil and others," U Kamachi Mudali, chairman, CORCON 2015 told IANS here on Wednesday.

Publication Date: 18 November 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

India-US - Corrosion Control - MATCOR Inc (USA) appointed SGB Scaffolding and Industrial Services as distributor for their Cathodic Protection Services in India. Our viewpoint: It is good to see the collaboration of CP global player with the India-based service provider.

Our Viewpoint: It is good to see the collaboration of CP global player with the India-based service provider for  providing corrosion control services and improving the integrity of industrial assets. There are instances of dreadful pipeline accidents reported in India. We do not see the active recruitment of corrosion engineers by oil and gas companies in India to form the backbone of asset integrity. At the present time, a majority of corrosion management activities are handled by non-corrosion groups.
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Chalfont, PA (November 12, 2015) – MATCOR, Inc., the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions recently announced that the company has appointed SGB Scaffolding and Industrial Services Private Limited (SGB India) as its distributor in India. SGB will take over the MATCOR operations in India. Both MATCOR and SGB India are Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services (BEIS) companies.

SGB India, headquartered in Hyderabad, India, provides industrial services and construction related solutions. This move to incorporate MATCOR’s proprietary cathodic protection and AC mitigation solutions enables SGB India to deliver a broader range of services and solutions to customers throughout India.

Article Source: http://www.matcor.com/sgb-scaffolding-and-industrial-services-appointed-matcor-distributor-in-india/
Publication Date: 12 November 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

India - GAIL will deploy drones to guard gas pipelines to raise safety standards. Our viewpoint: No active recruitment of corrosion engineers to form the backbone of asset integrity

Our Viewpoint: 
It is good to note the change in integrity approach after the dreadful pipeline accident. When old infrastructure is replaced with new pipeline system, historical analysis needs to be incorporated in the LCC for proper design. There are many reasons for pipeline failures. Internal corrosion of pipelines is completely ignored by the asset owners. Installation of online analyzers to transmit the real time data for specific parameters is not the only measure for monitoring corrosion. It should be the combination of offline and online data collection of many parameters to track the performance of materials and corrosion control. We do not see the active recruitment of corrosion engineers by oil and gas companies in India to form the backbone of asset integrity. At the present time, a majority of corrosion management activities are handled by non-corrosion groups. There is a sizeable pool of Indian Corrosion Management professionals working in the overseas. Companies in India should open the doors for knowledge collaboration with these professionals to formulate our geography specific standards and develop the talent force. 
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NEW DELHI: GAIL, India's largest natural gas pipeline operator, will deploy drones to guard its pipelines, as part of a host of initiatives to raise safety standards that includes replacing old pipelines and integrating advanced technologies. 

The move follows one of the worst accidents involving the firm in June last year when its pipeline carrying natural gas exploded in Andhra Pradesh, killing about two dozen people and bringing it harsh public criticism. 


A government probe into the accident had highlighted safety lapses at the firm and prompted the regulator, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), to slap a penalty. 

Officials said the company is looking to induce a new culture of safety in the organisation. "We are migrating from a reactive to a proactive management, from a breakdown maintenance culture to a predictive maintenance culture," Karnatak said. 

It is installing online analysers to identify moisture and corrosive substance in the supply, a key reason leading to last year mishap, and increasing frequency of integrity measures. 


GAIL has set up a group of specialists to monitor all pipeline parameters. About 6,500 km of the 11,000 km of natural gas pipeline the company operates have already been examined for their health and the process is underway for the rest. 

Article Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/oil-gas/gail-will-deploy-drones-to-guard-gas-pipelines-to-raise-safety-standards/articleshow/49459763.cms
Publication Date: 20 October 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

India - Essar Projects and Italy's Saipem win $ 1.6 bn EPC contract for refinery in Kuwait. Our Viewpoint: It is a big boost for the design capabilities of our Indian company in collaboration with an International partner

Our Viewpoint: It is a big boost for the design capabilities of our Indian company in collaboration with an International partner. We see a sizeable population of Indian Engineering professionals working in the EPC companies out of India. Kuwait is one of the oil rich nations that extensively utilize our engineering talent force. Our engineers have got good exposure in International standards and norms followed for EPC projects outside our country. They are known for following stringent quality measures in various stages of the project to achieve the maximum life cycle values. Now is the time to use the Non-resident Indian engineering knowledge pool for the success of collaborative venture.
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Article Source: http://www.business-standard.com/content/b2b-chemicals/essar-projects-and-italy-s-saipem-win-1-6-bn-epc-contract-for-refinery-in-kuwait-115102600636_1.html
Publication Date: 26 October 2015

Essar Projects, along with its joint venture partner Saipem SpA of Italy, has won a $ 1.57 billion EPC (engineering, procurement & construction) contract from Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) for setting up Al-Zour Refinery Project (ZOR), Package-4, in Kuwait. This is Essar’s biggest third-party order won in the region.

The New Refinery Project at Al Zour is Kuwait’s biggest development project with crude processing capacity of 615,000 barrels per day (bpd). KNPC has awarded four contracts for the refinery’s construction, worth over $ 13.2 billion to successful international bidders, making it the biggest contract signing for 2015.

Shiba Panda, managing director & CEO, Essar Projects, said, “The project marks Essar’s entry into the Kuwait project market with the biggest EPC contract by an external client. It also signals a quantum growth in our overseas business, showcasing our capability to collaborate with leading international EPC companies and our competitiveness in the face of tough global competition.”

Essar Projects has begun to mobilise resources for the project. Gianluca Mosca, COO -Overseas, Essar Projects, said, “With several large infrastructure and industrial projects being implemented in West Asia, it has become one of the fastest growing markets in the world today. Within a short span of time Essar Projects has carved a name for itself and bagged significant project wins in the region due to its inherent strengths in delivering large and complex projects.”

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

India’s Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) - Noted scientists, academicians agree to teach under GIAN. Our Viewpoint: Engineering professionals who have the ability to transfer industrial knowledge are not given a proper berth in such schemes offered by the government

Our Viewpoint: This is a welcome move for bringing the collective academic and research experience from the overseas to our country. One of the major flaws reported in our education system is the gap between industrial expectations and academic system. We come across many reports citing the inefficiency in our curriculum and unsound industry-academia interaction that make graduates not readily employable by industries in India. They are exposed to industrial processes entirely different from the fundamental education path. Our country provides the big pool of engineers for industrial growth in other countries. A large number of schemes like visiting professor and various fellowships are available for the academic and research community. But Engineering professionals who have the
ability to transfer direct industrial knowledge are not given a proper berth in such schemes offered by the government and private academic institutions in India.

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Article Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/noted-scientists-academicians-agree-to-teach-under-gian/
Publication Date: 20 October 2015

Noted scientists, academicians agree to teach under GIAN

Scholars recruited through the GIAN initiative will be paid anything between $8,000 and $12,000 for a contact programme of up to 28 hours. Each of these lectures will also be available online.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet education project to rope in eminent scholars from abroad to teach at Centrally-funded institutions has elicited a response from the likes of Sheldon Pollock, David Shulman and Judith Butler. The HRD ministry is in the process of recruiting as many as 200 scientists and academicians under the Global Initiative of Academic Network or GIAN, a
short-term teaching programme that will be launched by the PM next month.

Friday, October 16, 2015

India - Paint Industry - 12th International Conference cum Exposition on Breakthrough Technologies in Surface Coating - Clean, Green & Global organised by CII, 27-28 November 2015, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi


India - Shipping Industry - Conference on Approach to Integrated Maritime Systems (AIMS) organised by CII, 5th November 2016, Visakhapatnam

Conference on
“Approach to Integrated Maritime Systems” (AIMS)
0930 Hrs : 5th November 2015 : Hotel Four Points by Sheraton, Visakhapatnam
The Blue Economy : Prospects and Challenges for India

India is the 20th largest maritime country in the world. Its strategic location of a long coastline that flanks important global shipping routes makes it a major maritime nation.

The Blue Economy is a developing world initiative relevant to all coastal states and countries with an interest in waters beyond national jurisdiction. The Blue Economy conceptualizes oceans as “Development Spaces” where spatial planning integrates conservation, sustainable use, oil and mineral wealth extraction, bio-prospecting, sustainable energy production and marine transport. The Blue Economy paradigm constitutes a sustainable development framework for developing countries addressing equity in access to, development of and the sharing of benefits from marine resources; offering scope for re-investment in human development and the alleviation of crippling national debt burdens.

With this objective, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Southern Region in association with National Maritime Foundation (NMF) is organising the second edition of One Day Conference on ‘Approach to Integrated Maritime Systems’ (AIMS) at 0930 Hrs on 5th November 2015 in Hotel Four Points by Sheraton, Visakhapatnam.

CONFERENCE WILL FOCUS ON

This Conference provides an opportunity to understand the latest scenario in the maritime sector from the eminent experts from the maritime field broadly on the following topics:

Ø  What India can expect out of the Blue Economy
Ø  What India needs to do for deriving the maximum benefit out of the Blue Economy?

KEY TAKEAWAYS

·      Business opportunities with the best companies in the industry
·      One to one interaction with the top bureaucrats from leading stakeholders
·      Interact with counterparts in a Colloquium, outcomes of which will be presented to the Government.
·      Opportunity to understand techniques involved in low cost manufacturing of equipments in the ship building industry for SME’s
·      Understand the latest business trends in the Maritime sector from the experts

TARGET PARTICIPANTS

Public/Private sector maritime organizations especially in the Ship-building and Ship-repair sector, viz. Dock yards, Ports, Harbours, Defence / Maritime departments, Industries / R&D Organisations, Marine / Port Equipment & Technology manufacturers, Electronics / Communications related to marine Industry, Technology Development Institutions / Standard bodies, Policy Makers / Bureaucrats / Consultants, Maritime Institutions / Academic Institutions and others

REGISTRATION FEES

Delegate Fee for CII Members                               : Rs.2000/- per delegate
Delegate Fee for Non Members                            : Rs.3000/- per delegate
Delegate Fee for Government / Institutions        : Rs.1500/- per delegate

The delegate fee should be in the form of a DD / Cheque in favour of “Confederation of Indian Industry”, payable at Hyderabad.
I am writing to request you to take advantage of this important programme by personally participating and also nominating your colleagues. You may kindly confirm the nomination by returning the attached Registration Form duly filled-in.

I look forward for your positive response.

With Kind Regards 
Ramesh K
Director & Head
Tamil Nadu State, Regional Initiatives & Membership
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Confederation of Indian Industry (SR)
Prof. C K Prahalad Centre
98/1, Velacherry Main Road, Guindy, Chennai-600032.
URL : www.cii.in

Saturday, October 10, 2015

India announces new climate change targets - Our Corrosion Management Viewpoint: We expect reduced atmospheric corrosion rate of Infrastructure and Public Assets to visualize GREEN shades in our Corrosion Map

Our Viewpoint: The approach of collaborative research and development is a welcome move. At the same time, our government has to institute an independent arm for close monitoring of the research activities executed by various resources in India. The productivity of present research works conducted by a pool of academic and research establishments is always questionable. There is a big gap between the research sources and the end-users. We need proper vigilance on the research funds allocated for resolving society conscious issues. Systematic reviews of research progress have to be compulsorily carried out by purely a nonprofit establishment comprising public, manufacturers, industrial users, civil servants and policy makers to provide unbiased research analysis.

Article Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/india-announces-new-climate-change-targets-115100200124_1.html
Publication Date: 03 October 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

India - Stainless Steel Manufacturing - Government to bar sale of sub-standard stainless steel, utensil makers face uncertain future - Our View Point: Most of the homewares do not carry a proper warranty for the lifetime performance of materials

Our View Point:
It is a good move to bar sub-standard stainless steel reaching consumers. Material selection is normally generalized to specify the materials suitable for various purposes. There is no universal material that work in all types of environments. Corrosion of materials is one of the life limiting phenomena that is effected due to variations in environmental conditions. Various grades of stainless steels available in the market exhibit different corrosion patterns. Performance of stainless steels used by the consumers living in the vicinity of coastal and industrial zones is entirely different from the one used in other geographical location. Although limited time warranty is given for few finished products like electronic appliances and machineries that use SS as materials of construction, there is no structured quality assurance policy instituted by the government to ensure the performance of stainless steel in various environments and  manufactured items. Most of the homewares do not carry a proper warranty for the lifetime performance of materials. Consumers pay higher cost to choose reliable items in terms of performance and quality. The intention of choosing the higher material is to get rid off main issues like corrosion and gloss. The key question on the life of SS components is
yet to be resolved. We do not see credit given for corrosion control of metallic structures in our country. Awareness on corrosion control has to be effectively implemented by our government to encourage  material conservation efforts. Stainless steel material manufacturers need to establish a proper collaboration with corrosion control community to resolve the problems faced by the public and assist the domestic utensil manufacturers for finding consumer-friendly life time performance-oriented solutions. Our group We CAN Control Corrosion in India, a non-profit networking initiative, welcomes the manufacturers and consumers to use the collaborative knowledge base available for corrosion control.
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Article Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/govt-to-bar-sale-of-sub-standard-stainless-steel-utensil-makers-face- uncertain-future-115073101232_1.html
Publication Date: 01 Aug 2015

In what will be a major blow to utensil manufacturers, the central government is going to prohibit trading in sub-standard stainless steel. Utensil exporters, however, would not be covered.

Three months will be given to traders and utensil manufacturers to adhere to the guidelines, once notified. The order, says the steel ministry, goes: “No person shall by himself or through any person on his behalf manufacture or store for sale, sell or distribute any stainless steel product which
do not conform to the specified standards and do not bear the standard mark of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), on obtaining a certification mark licence from BIS.”

Primarily, stainless steel sheets and strips for utensils (IS 5522), low nickel austenitic stainless steel sheets and strips for utensils and kitchen appliances (IS 15997) and stainless steel plate, sheet and strip (IS 6911) grades of raw materials require mandatory BIS certification from now.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

International - Steel Production - US Producers of Corrosion Resistant Steel File Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions Against China, India, Italy, South Korea and Taiwan

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Six  major U.S. steel producers – United States Steel Corporation, Nucor Corporation, Steel Dynamics, Inc., ArcelorMittal USA, AK Steel Corporation and California Steel Industries – today filed antidumping and countervailing duty petitions charging that unfairly traded imports of corrosion-resistant steel from China, India, Italy, South Korea and Taiwan are causing material injury to the domestic industry and that significant subsidies have been provided to producers by the governments of those countries.  The petitions were filed concurrently with the United States Department of Commerce ("Commerce Department") and the United States International Trade Commission ("USITC").  The five countries covered by the antidumping petitions and the dumping margins alleged by the domestic industry are as follows:

COUNTRY
DUMPING MARGINS ALLEGED
China 120.20 percent
India 71.09 percent
Italy 123.76 percent
South Korea 80.06 percent
Taiwan 84.40 percent

The petitions also allege that the foreign producers benefit from numerous countervailable subsidies.  The petitions identify 48 different subsidy programs in China, 88 subsidy programs in India, 12 subsidy programs in Italy, 43 subsidy programs in Korea and 22 subsidy programs in Taiwan.

The petitions were filed in response to large and increasing volumes of low-priced imports of corrosion-resistant steel from the subject countries over the past three years that have injured U.S. producers.  Imports of corrosion-resistant steel from the five countries targeted by this case increased by 85 percent between 2012 and 2014, from 1.5 million tons to 2.75 million tons.  Subject imports increased further in the first quarter of 2015 from 600,000 to 800,000 tons.   In 2014, the five countries exported more than $2.2 billion of corrosion-resistant steel to the United States.

The petitions allege that producers in the subject countries have injured the domestic industry by selling their products at unfairly low prices that significantly undercut the prices of U.S. producers.  As a result, subject imports have captured an increasing share of the U.S. market at the direct expense of the U.S. industry.  During a period of robust and increasing U.S. demand for corrosion-resistant steel, U.S. producers have suffered significant declines in production, shipments and profits.  Foreign producers in the countries covered by the petitions have massive capacity to produce corrosion-resistant steel and have been exporting large and increasing volumes of unfairly low-priced and subsidized corrosion-resistant steel to the United States.  The price declines that U.S. producers have suffered are likely to continue if duties are not imposed to level the playing field.

"Imports of unfairly-traded corrosion-resistant steel have devastated pricing in the U.S. market, increased their share of the U.S. market by undercutting U.S. producers' prices and caused injury to U.S. producers and their workers," according to counsel for the domestic petitioners.  "The domestic industry looks forward to the opportunity to present its case to the Commerce Department and U.S. International Trade Commission to obtain relief from these unfairly-priced imports."

Article Source: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-producers-of-corrosion-resistant-steel-file-antidumping-and-countervailing-duty-petitions-against-five-countries-300093459.html
Publication Date: 03 June 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

India - Government imposes anti-dumping duty on stainless steel imports - Our Viewpoint: Key question on the integrity of SS components is yet to be resolved. We do not see credit given for corrosion control of metallic structures in our country

Government imposes anti-dumping duty on stainless steel imports

By Rakhi Mazumdar, ET Bureau | 6 Jun, 2015, 08.02PM IST
KOLKATA: The government has imposed anti-dumping duties on certain industrial-grade stainless steel imported from China, Malaysia and South Korea. The move is aimed at restraining rising imports to protect the domestic steel industry. The duty will range between $180 and $316 per tonne and will be valid for a period of five years. This was stated in a notification from the union finance ministry on Friday (June 5, 2015).

"It's a welcome move and a necessary one to save the domestic industry which (is) at the suffering end," said N.C. Mathur, president of the Indian Stainless Steel Development Association.

India consumes about one million tonne of this grade of stainless steel, out of which imports, mainly from China, account for a 40% share.

Article Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/indl-goods/svs/steel/government-imposes-anti-dumping-duty-on-stainless-steel-imports/articleshow/47567388.cms
Publication Date: 06 June 2015

Our Viewpoint:

Increase in customs duty on stainless steel is an encouraging news for the domestic manufacturers. This will enhance production and extensive use of domestic stainless steel in the manufacture of items ranging from household to industrial machineries and associated parts. Although limited time wararanty is given for few finished products like electronic appliances and machineries that use SS as materials of construction, there is no structured quality assurance policy instituted by the government to ensure the performance of stainless steel in various environments and  manufactured items. Most of the homewares do not carry a proper warranty for the lifetime performance of materials. Consumers pay higher cost to choose reliable items in terms of performance and quality. The intention of choosing the higher material is to get rid off main issues like corrosion and gloss. The key question on the life of SS components is yet to be resolved. We do not see credit given for corrosion control of metallic structures in our country. Awareness on corrosion control has to be effectively implemented by our government to encourage  material conservation efforts. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

India - Corrosion Conference - NACE International Gateway India Section (NIGIS) Corrosion Awareness Awards – CORCON 2015, 19-21 November, Chennai

To commemorate Corrosion Awareness Day, NACE International Gateway India Section (NIGIS) will be presenting Corrosion Awareness Awards to honour individuals / institutions for their contribution to corrosion awareness and development in the field of corrosion science and technology in India during CORCON 2015: 19 – 21 November 2015, at Chennai.

Details of awards and guidelines for the submission of applications for various types of awards are included in the enclosed brochure. These details are also available on our website http://www.naceindia.org/Corrosion-Awards.html.

We look forward to receiving your application for an award. You could also contribute to this prestigious program of NIGIS by informing your colleagues about the award program and eliciting their participation in the application process.

The last date of submitting the application is 30 June 2015. If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate contact us.

With regards,

for NACE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY INDIA SECTION

RISHIKESH MISHRA

MANAGER TECHNICAL

India - Corrosion Management Survey - Present Status of Corrosion Awareness

Corrosion of materials is an alarming effect that poses great challenges to the material conservation community in this world. Awareness is the greatest agent for bringing changes to eliminate negligence. We CAN Control Corrosion in India Networking Group on Linkedin brings you the Iron Pillar Dashboard for depicting the present status of corrosion awareness in India (Corrosion Management Survey).



We welcome you to register your footprint to resolve the perennial corrosion issues and conserve the precious material resources.

Friday, May 8, 2015

India invites you to 17th APCCC, the prime event for gaining cumulative values of the first four primes (Materials+Environment+Conservation+Intelligence) for corrosion control conference in Mumbai, 27-30 January 2016

17 is the sum of the first four primes and has wide significance in Mathematics. On behalf of the organizing committee, we cordially invite you to the 17th Asian Pacific Corrosion Control Conference (APCCC17) and gain the cumulative values of the first four primes (Materials+Environment+Conservation+Intelligence) for corrosion control in Mumbai during 27-30 January 2016. This is your event for establishing collaboration with corrosion management community in India.



For registration: http://www.apccc17.org/
email: apccc17@gmail.com

Friday, May 1, 2015

India - Shipping Industry - Cabinet nod for bill to manage merchant vessels' ballast water - The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2015. Corrosion Management appears to be an iceberg for shipping industry in India

The union cabinet on Wednesday cleared a bill which requires merchant ships to get a plan to manage their "ballast water and sediments" in line with an international convention to protect environment and human health from these substances.

The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which is in line with the global convention was cleared in a meeting of cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The cabinet also approved accession to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (Ballast Water Management Convention) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Ships fill their ballast tanks with water to stabilize vessels at sea for maintaining safe operating conditions throughout a voyage. This water reduces stress on the hull, provides transverse stability, improves propulsion and manoeuvrability and compensates for weight.

However, ballast water poses serious ecological, economic and health problems due to the multitude of marine species being carried in the process, including Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Pathogens (HAOP). The convention requires all new ships to implement an approved ballast water and sediments management plan and carry a ballast water record book and follow ballast water management procedures to a given standard.

Article Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/cabinet-nod-for-bill-to-manage-merchant-vessels-ballast-water- 115042900692_1.html
Publication Date: 29 April 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

India - Government proposes an omnibus law to amalgamate laws related to the environment, air and water into a single legislation, as recommended by Subramanian Committee - Material Conservation through Corrosion Control is yet to find a place in these laws.

NEW DELHI: The government is proposing an omnibus law to regulate the environment — incorporating all the acts that govern environment protection, water and air — that it hopes to have ready for introduction during the current session of Parliament.

The proposed law will not address wildlife protection, forests and forest conservation — the government will instead amend the existing laws to bring them up to date. Laws related to the environment, air and water were legislated over 12 years and the attempt is to amalgamate them into a single legislation, as recommended by the Subramanian Committee, a senior official said. The ministry is seeking legal advice to consider the feasibility of a single law to regulate the environment.
"We will come up with final ideas of what is acceptable," said environment minister Prakash Javadekar. The ministry is targeting the Budget session to introduce the law in Parliament. "This session spills over to April­ May as well. I am working on two or three contingency plans. If I can bring about all comprehensive changes in one go — that's the best­ case scenario, but you can't rush through it. Then there is Plan B ­ and that is to take immediate steps.

It's about bringing in some changes, which are immediately necessary and comprehensive changes later. By March end, the picture will be clear," Javadekar said. Whether or not the ministry succeeds in finalising the proposed legislative changes over the next two months, Javadekar is categorical that he will not take the ordinance route.

At present, four laws — Environment Protection Act, 1986, the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Cess Act, 1977­­provide the framework for considering approvals for industrial projects and developmental activities. The ministry plans to amend the Wildlife Protection Act to bring it in line with international agreements such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

"An amendment bill to bring the wildlife legislation with CITES is pending in Parliament. We plan to withdraw that bill, make the changes that need to bring it up to date," the official said. The ministry also plans to amend the Indian Forest Act, 1927. The amendments to this law introduced by the previous UPA government in 2012 related to forests and forest produce and addressed the issue of compounding fines, which were still at the 1927 levels, to reduce friction between forest officials and the people dependent on forests for their livelihood.

Article Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/government-proposes-an-omnibus-law-to-regulate-the-environment/articleshow/46498048.cms
Publication Date: 09 March 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

India - Union Budget 2015-16 - Government proposes to hike peak rate of customs duty on steel products from 10 to 15%- we are yet to see credit given for corrosion control of metallic structures

The government proposes to hike peak rate of customs duty on steel products from 10 to 15%. This will help it raise customs duty upto 15% in a move that is likely to help stem the flood of cheap imports from Russia and China. While this was part of recommendations made by finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech, the timing of the decision will depend on the government notification after the budget is approved by Parliament. It is more in the nature of an enabling pr ..

Domestic steelmakers who have been urging the government to raise customs duty on steel in the wake of huge surge imports this year, were keeping their fingers crossed. "For finished and semi-finished products of steel sector, tariff rate limit has been enhanced from 10 % to 15 %. This has created possibility of increase in import duty in the interest of domestic steel industry," steel & mines minister Narendra Singh Tomar said.

Article Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46411469.cms
Publication Date: 28 February 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

India - Corrosion Control Collaboration - Berger Paints plans to set up industrial coatings plant in Russia

Berger Paints plans to set up industrial coatings plant in RussiaThe company signs an MoU to conduct feasibility study for establishing industrial coatings plant in Russia's Stavrapol region, which a hub for automobile and other industries.

Berger Paints India Ltd, the Kolkata-based paints manufacturer, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of the Stavropol region, Russia, for conducting a feasibility study and establishment of an industrial coatings plant in Stavrapol.

Stavrapol, at the centre of the northern Caucasus region and in the South West corner of Russia, is an industrially developed area, with an automobile manufacturing facility and several other industries. As a part of its strategy to further grow its industrial sector,StavropolGovernmentis inviting global investors, including entrepreneurs from India, for setting up manufacturing facilities in the region.

Pursuant to the MoU, Berger Paints will conduct a feasibility study, to be completed by 2015, for setting up a modern industrial coatings plant in Stavrapol. Berger will set up the plant to cater to the demands of the industries in the region and elsewhere in Russia, based on the results of the feasibility study.

Kuldip Singh Dhingra, chairman, Berger Paints, said, "By joining hands (with the Government of the Stavropol region), we can collectively use our resources better to conduct feasibility study for setting up a modern industrial coatings in the Stavropol region. This is a step towards development of bilateral cooperation and we look forward to a successful collaboration.

Article Source: http://www.business-standard.com/content/b2b-chemicals/berger-paints-plans-to-set-up-industrial-coatings-plant-in-russia-115022000026_1.html
Publication Date: 20 February 2015


Friday, January 30, 2015

India - Corrosion Control Conference - CorrosionTech World Expo, 30-31 January 2015, Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Mumbai - organised by CHEMTECH Foundation in association with NACE India Section

The assets form the largest part of the CAPEX for the plant owners who expect the equipment to perform through their entire lifecycle without any unprecedented downtimes to avoid any impact on top or bottom lines. Through the lifecycle of the plant, the process equipment and the installations are subjected directly to highly corrosive processes and harsh environmental conditions. The conditions result in unprecedented downtimes thus leading to loss of productivity and decreasing the profit margins. The biggest challenge is the threat to the lives of the people and environment at large.

CHEMTECH, in association with NIGIS – NACE India will organise the CorrosionTech World Expo – the Surface Treatment & Coatings Show - one and a half day conference concurrently during CHEMTECH World Expo 2015 scheduled from January 28-31, 2015 at Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (East), Mumbai, India.

Planned programme for one and a half day conference on “Industrial Significance of Corrosion” :


2 Plenary Sessions
Track 1: Industrial Corrosion
Track 2: Protective Coatings
Track 3: Failures & Case Studies
Panel Discussion: User Industry Interactive Forum

The event will provide the opportunity to multiple industries to have dynamic interactions with the experts from the field of corrosion to understand pro-active measures that need to be taken to mitigate the impact of corrosion towards increasing safety and lifecycle of all the stakeholders.

Corrosion control services providers can showcase their technologies, products and services at the special NACE pavilion during CHEMTECH World Expo 2015.

Publication Date: January 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

India - Introduction of Corrosion Prevention technologies from the US to Indian market - Commerce Minister will push for early deliverables from US during the commercial dialogue

New Delhi: India will press for early deliverables such as capacity building in corrosion-prevention technology and technical textiles during the commercial dialogue scheduled for Tuesday between commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her US counterpart, commerce secretary Penny Pritzker, even as contentious issues like the Totalisation Agreement and immigration struggle to make headway. Pritzker is part of the team led by US President Barack Obama for his ongoing India visit. While the corrosion-prevention technology is crucial to protect infrastructure projects and industrial products, technical textiles is a sunrise sector used in various industries including construction, agriculture and healthcare. Such advanced technologies available in the US are crucial to the Narendra Modi government’s Make in India and smart city projects. “For a long time, commercial dialogue was dormant between both sides. Now, we see a lot of interest from both sides. So, there will be some movement in the near future,” a commerce ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. However, the official said the two sides were unlikely to sign any agreement on this front during Obama’s visit.

Article Source : http://www.livemint.com/Politics/5jKrRQyCn9OwzTx1EbbZCO/Nirmala-Sitharaman-to-push-for-early-deliverables-from-US-in.html
Publication Date: 26 January 2015

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