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MEGA RUST 2005
MEGA RUST 2005
Keywords: Conferences, Coatings technology
More than 400 attendees and almost 100 exhibitors took part in MEGA RUST 2005 which took place in Louisville, Kentucky in June. NPCA's annual Marine and Offshore Coatings Conference combined with the National Surface Treatment Center's Rust Conference, the Fleet Corrosion Control Forum, the National Shipbuilding Research Program, the Submarine Preservation Conference and the Navy Shipyard Coatings Group to produce MEGA RUST 2005. According to Mark Schultz, Director of Government and Marine Sales for The Sherwin-Williams Company and Chairman of the NPCA Marine Coatings Committee, “we believe that the conference, while still maintaining the NPCA Marine & Offshore Coatings identity, can now reach a larger audience. This will allow greater interaction between the committee members, owners, specifiers, and applicators.”
NPCA's full day of programming featured talks ranging in scope from technical (optically active pigments) to performance (laser surface preparation performance for marine coatings and field methods for determining amine blush) to regulatory where Alexis Kaznoff discussed future coating requirements for NAVSEA and provided insight pertaining to potential environmental regulations which is essential information for coatings manufacturers as they formulate coatings to meet NAVSEA's upcoming needs. In addition, the group heard motivational talks on the status of the US Naval Shipbuilding Industry and on the reconstruction of the Pentagon following 11th September.
NPCA's conference has always brought together many segments of the marine industry; owners, operators, shipyards, offshore, and coatings suppliers to discuss issues pertinent to this industry. Attendees have been provided an opportunity to discuss their needs and problems, particularly in the areas of coatings, corrosion control, and government regulations. MEGA RUST 2005 afforded all participating organizations the opportunity to consolidate and expand their programs while reaching a larger cross section of interests.