Exhibit Hall hosts Grand Opening

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 dancers.

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.