Corrosion (a naturally occurring phenomenon) can cause damage to everything from automobiles, drinking water systems to pipelines, bridges, factories and public buildings etc. It is estimated to impact over 3% of GDP and is a menace adversely impacting various industry sectors including utilities, transportation, oil and gas, steel and infrastructure etc. and needs to be tackled in a scientific manner. The issue has special importance for Indian Chemical and petrochemical industry as they play an important role in controlling corrosion.
NACE International Gateway India Section (NIGIS) of NACE International (global leader in the corrosion engineering with over 34000 members from 130 countries ), a leading not for profit organisation jointly with FICCI (largest and oldest apex business organisation in India) with indirect membership of over 2,50,000 companies from various regional chambers of commerce, is pursuing the objective of creating awareness about the menace of corrosion and to protect the people, environment and assets from corrosion through various activities. FICCI and NIGIS jointly with Department of C & PC, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India celebrated the International Corrosion Awareness Day – April 25, 2016 in a very well attended function. There was good participation from the industry, academia as also policy makers. Sh. Samir Kumar Biswas, Joint Secretary(Chemicals), Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Secretary, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers delivered the special address. A global study undertaken by NACE International in which FICCI partnered from India was released.
Ms Elaine Bowman, Past President NACE International, who lead this study made a presentation covering all the contours of the issue. The study indicates that the corrosion is impacting 4.2% of Indian GDP. The extent of the problem indeed is serious and will require urgent appropriate measures. This study provides a very scientific basis to facilitate formulation of appropriate strategies to control the menace of corrosion. In the coming years as the world gets more environmentally conscious, the most important issue for engineering technology will be to maintain and expand a highly industrialized society under very restricted conditions on natural resources and energy. In the reuse, recycling or reduction of the use of natural resources, corrosion and corrosion prevention technologies will play a direct role The basic purpose of this program was to generate awareness about the issue of corrosion and that Corrosion can be retarded/controlled by appropriate technologies.