ICorr celebrates 50 years
Selected VIPs representing some of the most respected names in corrosion prevention gathered at the Thames Barrier in London to celebrate the Institute of Corrosion’s golden anniversary.
The theme was ‘Across the Generations’, with several organisations such as SPC (two generations), Elcometer (three generations) and FA Clover & Sons (fourth generation) represented at the prestigious event. All of the companies who sponsored the event were presented with gold framed certificates by the President.to mark this auspicious occasion.
The Rt Hon Tony Benn, who was Minister for Technology when the Institute went through its biggest development phase, wrote a letter of congratulations which was published in a special commemorative programme.
Following a tour of the Barrier, David Deacon, Managing Director of SPC and 50th Anniversary Committee Chairman, welcomed 125 members and guests to the event and introduced several speakers including Prof Paul Lambert, President of ICorr, Barry Colford, Bridge Master of the Forth Road Bridge and Martin Earlam, Asset Manager of the Thames Barrier.
From small beginnings as an organisation with a largely academic core, today’s Institute has seen 1,520 painters all approved under the ICAT Scheme, organised under its wholly owned subsidiary and commercial arm, CORREX. “This represents not only the infantry fighting the corrosion war in the front line, but the generals behind who are putting the war plans together,” explained David Deacon. ”Literally, from Professors to Painters”.