Government Recognises Corrosion Control as 3rd Dimension in GMP
- Mittravinda Ranjan

Each year, corrosion losses account for over 3 per cent of country’s GDP which is double of our country’s R&D expenditure, shared Shekhar Basu, Director, BARC during the inauguration of CORCON 2014 organised by NACE International – India Gateway Section.

Dr Samir Degan, Chairman, CORCON 2014 said, “Corrosion is a pressing issue for India. It is imperative that companies in the country come together to combat corrosion by focussing their attention on awareness, protection and control. We are overwhelmed with the response we received this year and are glad to be doing our bit to protect people, assets and the environment.”

In his plenary talk, the Chief Guest Ananth Kumar, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India congratulated the NACE International India Section for providing a platform where various stake holders could discuss developments and improvements in corrosion control and mitigation. Recognising corrosion as the 3rd dimension for good manufacturing practices , he said, “My Department is in the process of formulating a National Chemical Policy for the first time. I would like to mention that the need for a dedicated policy for the chemical sector has been felt for a long time in order to facilitate rapid increase in the share of this sector in GDP and accelerate the development.” He also announced that the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology attached to his ministry will soon enter into a memorandum of understanding with NACE to train employees in corrosion control.

CORCON 2014 was granted Trade Fair Certification by the U.S. Department of Commercial Services along with the support of President Barack Obama himself. Dr Degan chaired the roundtable with the US Department of Commerce to facilitate the dialogue public private sector dialogue on corrosion between two countries. Arun Kumar, Assistant Secretary, US Department of Commerce, Mugdha Sinha, Director FT & EP, from Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, B Narayan, Group President, Procurement & Projects, Reliance Industries Ltd, Tushar Jhaveri, CEO, Vasu Chemicals & Past President NACE International, P S Singh, Head Chemicals and Petrochemicals FICCI, Harvey Hack, current President of NACE International along with other members of the board and representatives from the industry attended the meeting. Sinha welcomed the move to highlight and discuss the issue of corrosion and that the Indian government was ready to collaborate with NACE and coming up with the actionable plan to facilitate business in this space.

NACE is currently conducting an IMPACT Study, to examine the extent of corrosion and identifying global best practices for reducing costs associated with corrosion in numerous industries. This extensive study is scheduled to be complete in May 2016 and will share detailed insights on corrosion across industries and ways to tackle this global menace.

Over 800 delegates from 20 countries attended the annual corrosion conference and interacted with international corrosion experts in 150 technical sessions over 4 days of conference in Mumbai.