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RP hosts Asia-wide corrosion conference

Manila (19 October) -- The latest developments and innovation on corrosion control and conservation of material resources will be the focus of the 15th Asian-Pacific Corrosion Control Conference (APCCC15) on October 1921, 2009 that the Philippines will host.

The three-day conference that the country hosts for the first time will be held at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City. It is being organized by the Philippine Corrosion Society Inc. (PhiCS) with plenary sessions featuring top international corrosion experts.

The conference speakers include Dr. Graeme Jones, managing director of Structural Healthcare Ltd., National Association of Corrosion Engineers Executive director Tony Keane, Pohang University of Science and Technology professor Kyoo Young Kim, Indian Institute of Technology professor V. S. Raja, and Japan Society of Corrosion Engineering president Jun'ichi Sakai.

Over 100 delegates from 15 countries already confirmed to attend the conference that will also showcase 40 scientific papers on corrosion in chemical processing, semiconductor, oil and gas, nuclear power, utilities, construction, and medical industries.

Other topics to be covered are atmospheric corrosion, environment-assisted cracking, localized corrosion, corrosion monitoring, organic and inorganic coatings, inhibitors, and cathodic protection.

PhiCS president Raul C. Sabularse said that corrosion control must be given attention by domestic industries considering that as much as 10% of economic losses is attributed to the effects of corrosion. In the aftermath of natural calamities, for example, corrosion of appliances, equipment, cars, and building structures, among others may occur.

Holding the APCCC15 in the Philippines brings the spotlight on the importance of corrosion control, he said.

Established in 1979, the APCCC is a non-profit, non-stock academic organization that advocates the development of corrosion science and anti-corrosion engineering. It also promotes academic exchange and cooperation among international corrosion scientists and engineers.

Aside from PhiCS, other agencies involved in the conference are the Department of Science and Technology through its three attached agencies such as the Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research Development, Metals Industry Research and Development Center, and the Industrial Technology Development Institute.

Individuals and groups interested to participate in the conference can contact Fairs & More Inc. [8451324 or 7596680] and look for Zai Tan-Perez; Annalyn Wong of the APCCC Secretariat [3925545 or 0917 897 6357], or Lynn Talingdan-Tabangcura [837-6154]. (PIA) [top]

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