March 26, 2019
By Ben DuBose, Staff Writer
Monday’s 5 p.m. kickoff of the 2019 CORROSION grand expo was headlined by the annual ribbon-cutting ceremony. Wielding larger-than-life scissors, NACE International President Jeff Didas opened the Exhibit Hall, and delegates flowed in to check out the hundreds of technologies and services on display.
By the opening ceremony, just under 5,800 attendees had registered for CORROSION 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The event is the world’s largest conference and exposition dedicated to the treatment and mitigation of corrosion.
“The attendees at the opening reception in the Exhibit Hall are there to network and work with their exhibitors and colleagues to reflect on the first full day of technical content,” said Jacob Adams, Director of Conferences, Exhibits, and Sponsorships at NACE. “Today’s keynote presentation by Jack Uldrich discussed innovative technologies and future possibilities for the industry, which set the stage for meaningful conversations with exhibitors to highlight how their technologies can meet future demands. We’re looking forward to continued dialogue throughout the week.”
The expo’s opening was immediately preceded by the 2019 MP Corrosion Innovation of the Year Awards presentation at a stage just outside the Exhibit Hall entrance, which further bolstered the initial wave of attendance and added to the excitement.
Following the ceremony, the hundreds of attendees surrounding the entrance entered the Exhibit Hall and were greeted by the sounds of Music City U.S.A., which naturally included multiple live musicians.
In all, there are 699 exhibit booths with a total of 411 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 2019 at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m.until noon on Thursday.
NACE Foundation will host the annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony and the GenNEXT Bash tonight. The awards ceremony, which will recognize the outstanding students and scholarship recipients for 2019, will take place tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. Then, at 8 p.m., the celebration starts!
On its 3rd year at CORROSION, NACE West Asia & Africa Area presented the Middle East and Africa Forum with the theme of “Music Revolution: The Harmony of Corrosion Control and Mega Projects in the Middle East and Africa.”
2019’s Plenary Lecturer, Digby D. Macdonald, kicked off Tuesday, discussing the initiation of pitting corrosion and the capabilities to accurately predict passivity breakdown.