If you are in the coatings business, then corrosion is naturally a key concern. But it’s not just because we deliver state-of-the-art coatings that protect valuable assets from homes to bridges that we are concerned about corrosion. Our own production facilities are also subject to corrosion, and the chemicals we use and produce may themselves be corrosive during the production process and after we’ve delivered them to our customers. Our Corrosion Protection Community of Practice (CoP) is our expertise network on corrosion protection, where we make all of this knowledge available to everyone within AkzoNobel, allowing AkzoNobel to offer a unique approach to corrosion protection for our customers.
Of course, we don't know everything there is to know. Corrosion Protection is a complex area and there are still many challenges. Therefore, AkzoNobel has entered into a strategic partnership with The University of Mancheser, in which the scientists there develop corrosion protection technologies that our business can apply in products and processes. Stuart Lyon, the AkzoNobel Professor of Corrosion Control, points out that there is a clear sustainability advantage when improved corrosion protection is applied, because whatever it is we are trying to protect, when we extend its useful life we are able to reduce demand for scarce resources.
Are you interested in corrosion protection? If so, please contact the Corrosion Protection CoP leader Simon Gibbon.