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SSPC, NACE Continue Merger Talks

Thursday, July 11, 2019

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SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International leaders are reportedly making headway on combining the organizations into one venture. Both NACE International President Terry Greenfield and SSPC President Garry Manous saw the recent meeting as a success.

The talks were originally announced in March. Both SSPC and NACE serve in the field of corrosion and coatings standards, as well as providing training and certifications.

Exploratory Talks

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.

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SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International leaders are reportedly making headway on combining the organizations into one venture. Both NACE International President Terry Greenfield and SSPC President Garry Manous saw the venture as a success.

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.

Recent Update

According to a press release, both organizations hosted an association CEO who has seen the completion of multiple mergers. A teleconference with a potential facilitator, who now works as a program manager, for this process also yielded productive results.

As it stands, both organizations hope to have a membership vote by the second quarter of 2020. In the interim, educational webinars and small group information sessions will provide guidance for members regarding the discussions.

Governance models and transition plans were also recently discussed. Organization representatives reported feeling optimistic, and that there had been agreement to continue with scheduled phone calls and another face-to-face meeting, to occur later this summer.

Manous and Greenfield said they are most excited about how the integration team is working together and prioritizing what is best for association members and the industry.

Individuals are welcome to provide their thoughts by emailing cooperation@nace.org and news@sspc.org.

   

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

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