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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced Monday (March 18) the beginning of discussions regarding “synergistic opportunities” between the professional associations.

Both NACE and SSPC serve in the field of corrosion and coatings standards, as well as provide training and certifications.

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NACE, founded in 1943 and now with more than 38,000 members in 130 countries, is the world’s largest nonprofit of its kind, according to the organization. NACE is based in Houston, with other offices across the U.S., the U.K., China, Malaysia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, as well as a training center in Dubai. Membership with NACE includes specified technical training and certification programs, industry standards, reports, conferences and publications focused on corrosion prevention and mitigation.

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NACE International, The Corrosion Society and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced Monday (March 18) the beginning of discussions regarding “synergistic opportunities” between the professional associations.

SSPC, founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, is focused on the use of protective coatings in the industry. SSPC’s name was changed in 1997 to mark progress in coatings technology, as well as the addition of new types of construction materials. SSPC is based in Pittsburgh, and has offices in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and China. Currently, more than 16,000 professionals and 420 companies across the globe carry SSPC certifications.

“NACE and SSPC have a long history together going back to 1950 when SSPC was founded,” said Garry Manous, President of the SSPC Board of Governors.

“NACE was part of the initial group, along with AISC and others, that established the original charter for SSPC. Although we’ve competed in some areas in recent years, overall, we share a common goal of bettering society through the development and delivery of education and information that makes the professionals we serve the best they can be. It only makes sense that we explore whether we can better serve our mutual constituencies as partners than as separate organizations.”

“Our organizations have unique strengths and are complementary in many ways,” said Terry Greenfield, President-Elect of NACE.

“This is an opportunity to see if bringing together those strengths makes something that is even better than the sum of the parts. We want to see if coming together will make it easier and better for our stakeholders to find everything they need in one place instead of two, and be sure that they are getting the most comprehensive options available to them.”

Over the next few months, leadership from both associations will meet to evaluate the benefits and challenges of working together and will continue to remain in contact about future plans.


Tagged categories: Associations; NA; NACE; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; SSPC

Comment from Lou Lyras, (3/20/2019, 4:24 AM)

Before we jump into this merger, lets ask a few questions, and I certainly hope they are being asked by the powers that be. NACE is a 36,000 strong membership (as per wikapedea) of primarily engineers, inspectors, technicians, scientists, business owners, executives, researchers, educators, students and others. What is the membership composition? How many contractors? What is the role of labor? SSPC is (as per wikapdea) is 11,500 members worldwide...........also approximately 960 corporate members. Industrial painting contractors are a primary beneficiary of SSPC's efforts. I am a union industrial steel painting contractor. Will my voice be drowned out in this merger?

Comment from Gunnar Ackx, (3/21/2019, 3:44 AM)

Dear Lou, With the ultimate goal being to bring the best of both worlds together, this exercise should ultimately benefit the membership at large of both organisations. Of course, many things are still to be considered, so we are looking for as much feedback as possible that will help create a better and stronger new future for all of us. Also important to keep in mind that this is not an acquisition scenario where one would absorb the other and one would have less voice than the other. The current scenarios being looked at are ranging from multiple levels of closer cooperation to a full merger and become one single organisation with bigger impact in the industry. And knowing some (union & non-union) contractors, you guys will NEVER be left out ;-)

Comment from Larry Muzia, (3/21/2019, 1:48 PM)

I believe it is an idea who's time has arrived. It appears there are many cross overs that can be properly combined to make the single entity much better. Having one annual conference is a prime example of a better overall experience in my opinion.

Comment from Jonathan Awewor, (3/22/2019, 7:35 AM)

I think it will be an ideal one professionally,which will brings about synergy and be more successful, mutual understanding among the coating industries,contractors and inspectors much better in my opinion.

Comment from Gabriel Herrera, (3/22/2019, 8:59 AM)

What will happen with the training and certification programs ! For example if some one is nace cip and other is sspc pci, maybe the programs will merge too and will create a kind of sspc nace inspector program? The new organization will change all the people certified to this new name ??

Comment from Jon Cavallo, (3/22/2019, 10:38 AM)

Folks, let us not forget what happened when a NACE/SSPC merger was discussed in the '80's. The merger talks fell apart and went hostile not because of technical problems but because of commercial disagreements. who is going to be the "big dog on the porch" in today's negotiations?

Comment from William Pybus, (3/22/2019, 11:57 AM)

Co-operation on standards, I understand. Maybe I am just to old and cynical, but every time I hear about merger discussions, my first thought is don't these folks have something better to do with their time and our membership dues.

Comment from Lou Lyras, (3/25/2019, 9:52 AM)

Jon Cavallo is right, I was more involved with the SSPC at that time and I felt - along with others - that the contractors were being drowned out. Yes, it is better getting together, and there are many, many ways we can help each other. And this can definitely be a synergistic relationship. If this happens, we all have to help make it better.

Comment from Douglas Moore, (12/23/2019, 9:33 AM)

I was involved in the discussions in the late 90's. This is different. Both organizations are strong in their areas and have common goals. A combination would be good for the industry and beneficial to the members.

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