By Ben DuBose
Monday’s 5 p.m. kickoff of the 2018 CORROSION grand expo was
headlined by the annual ribbon cutting ceremony. Wielding larger-than-life
scissors, NACE President Samir Degan opened the exposition hall and delegates
flowed in to check out the hundreds of technologies on display.
By the opening ceremony, nearly 5,500 attendees had
registered for CORROSION 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona, as announced by NACE CEO Bob
Chalker. The event is the world’s largest conference and exposition dedicated
to the treatment and mitigation of corrosion.
“This is my favorite part of the event every year,” Chalker
told the hundreds of delegates standing just outside the entrance and waiting
for the hall to open. “Seeing the faces and people ready to enter the Exhibit
Hall, it's just a fantastic event. “It’s on track to be another great year, and
we thank you for all your support. We’re thrilled to have you all here.”
The flood of attendees gathered at the Exhibit Hall entrance
were ushered in by a four-person local entertainment group, who celebrated the
grand opening with a special rendition of Native American dancing to honor the
regional culture in Arizona. The celebration is designed to honor the unique
spirit of Native Americans through traditional Apache dance and champion hoop
In all, there are 689 exhibit booths with a total of 419
companies represented in the Exhibit Hall. The hundreds of exhibitors offered
attendees a chance to get a first-hand look at corrosion control products and
services throughout the evening, which concluded at 7 p.m. local time.
The Exhibit Hall will remain open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday as a staple of CORROSION 2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center.