News Roundup: COVID-19 and the Corrosion Control Industry

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Dear Materials Performance (MP) readers,

Life as we know it is very different right now than it was just a week or month ago — and we aren’t sure how long this different world will last. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread to much of the populated world and, therefore, new information needs to be distributed. To keep you updated, MP is compiling this regular guide of news and interviews as it pertains to the corrosion industry and its path forward in the era of COVID-19. Stay safe!

Gretchen Jacobson
Managing Editor-in-Chief
Materials Performance (MP) Magazine 

Latest update: August 1, 2020

July 2020 COVID-19 News Roundup

Milliken Boosts Production of Plastics for PPE

New U.K. Division Addresses Need for Flexible Materials

Podcast: Strategic Planning for the Corrosion Industry in 2020

New Study Finds Increase in Construction Jobs, Decrease in Infrastructure Jobs

Canadian Researchers Promote Antiviral Coatings to Combat COVID-19


June 2020 COVID-19 News Roundup

Podcast: In Virtual Era, Corrosion Modeling and Simulation Tools Grow

Sherwin-Williams Launches Online Resource Center for Industry

PPG Unveils Global Restructuring Plan

Podcast: Tips for Returning to the Workplace or Jobsite

IIBEC Announces First-Ever Virtual Conference

PPG Launches Virtual Tech Services Tool for Coatings Business

Podcast: Corrosion Industry Looks to Remote Monitoring in COVID-19

South Carolina Companies Scale Up Production of Disinfectant

Podcast: Amcorr VP on Maintaining Support for In-Field Workers

UK Trade Association Launches Coatings and Inks Campaign to Fight COVID-19

Podcast: How COVID-19 Made the Corrosion Industry Get Creative

With New Safety Protocols, NACE Reopens Houston Training Center

Podcast: Farwest Corrosion Control on Lessons Learned in 2020

May 2020 COVID-19 News Roundup

Honeywell to Produce and Donate Hand Sanitizer Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

University of Texas Lab Develops 3D-Printed Ventilator Part

Podcast: How Industry Businesses Can Reopen Safely During COVID-19

Engineers Adapt to Changing Workplace After Onset of Coronavirus

CORROSION 2020 Conference Will Not Take Place This June

Engineers Adapt to Changing Post-Coronavirus Workplace 

Podcast: Virtual Corrosion Education Takes Flight During COVID-19

Axalta to Donate PPE, Hand Sanitizer in Response to COVID-19

New Coating Inspector Blended Programs Offer Virtual Learning 

Podcast: Flexitallic CEO on Business During COVID-19, Lower Oil Prices 

April 2020 COVID-19 News Roundup

Farwest Corrosion Control Offers Free Technical Consultations

Podcast: Epoxytec on Creative Business Opportunities during COVID-19

U.S. Issues New Guidance for N95 Respirator Shortage

New NACE Podcasts Explore Business Impact of COVID-19

U.S. Expands Temporary Guidance for Respirator Fit-Testing to All Industries

Sherwin-Williams Donates Thousands of Masks, Gloves amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Podcast: How Coatings Suppliers, Water Utilities are Navigating COVID-19

Column: How Industry Leaders Should Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis

How to Avoid Cyber Scams During the COVID-19 Pandemic


COVID-19 Podcast Interviews

Phil Kinnane, Vice President of Sales at COMSOL  |  Episode Transcript


Ken Rossy, Vice President of Sales at HoldTight Solutions  |  Episode Transcript


Sylvia Fontes, Forensic Analytical Consulting Services  |  Episode Transcript


Troy Rankin, President of Farwest Corrosion Control Co.


Marc Bracken, CEO of Mobiltex and Will Maize, Product Manager


John Glass, VP of Sales for Amcorr Products and Services  |  Episode Transcript


Larry Sloan, CEO of American Industrial Hygiene Association  |  Episode Transcript


Pam Nicoletti and Melanie Diaz, NACE Education   |  Episode Transcript


Jerry Lastovica, CEO of Flexitallic


Michael Caputi, President and Silvia Caputi, Vice President at Epoxytec


Davies Hood, President of Induron and Mark Ragsdale, Maintenance Manager at Great Lakes Water Authority


Mark Cadle, Director of Services at MESA Products


Bob Chalker, CEO of NACE International and Bill Worms, Executive Director of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings


Chris Tiernay, President and Chief Operating Officer at Carboline


Cory Brown, Vice President of Operations at Tnemec


We’ll post more news stories and information related to COVID-19 in the days and weeks ahead. We also have further episodes and updates to our specialized podcast series, in which MP is speaking with various industry leaders in an effort to best guide the corrosion control industry through the business-related fallout of the pandemic.

Source: Materials Performance Magazine,

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