New Head Office Building

New Head Office Building

As noted in the President’s column, the official handover of Corrosion House in Northampton from the architect, was performed at the beginning of March.

Apart from the outer shell and the roof, the building has been gutted and rebuilt, with unbelievably fantastic results. It’s a 3-story building, the ground floor being dedicated for the Admin team, the middle floor for training, and the top floor as a conference room. Each floor has its own kitchen, and the training centre has a breakout facility for delegates.

Trevor Osborne commented that this is a world class facility fitting for the Institute of Corrosion and based in a location in easy reach for both national and global customers, and that we look forward to welcoming our customers and members to our new facility.

It’s state of the art, extremely well converted, and a credit to all those involved.

Industrial Coating Applicator Apprenticeship Scheme Update

Industrial Coating Applicator Apprenticeship Scheme Update

David Horrocks, a member of the NHSS19a Sector Scheme Advisory committee for Highways England, and the Sector Scheme Chairman of the Training Committee, recently visited North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe, to see the start of Industrial Coating Applicator (ICA) apprenticeship course, to meet the first cohort of candidates who have already started their training, and to personally offer support to them throughout their apprenticeship training. A more detailed report on this scheme will feature in a future issue of Corrosion Management.


The new ICATS course material launched in November is proving to be a great success, with positive feedback received from all the Trainers that have started to present the new course modules.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of two new Approved Training Centres, K M Decorating Ltd in London and Survivex in Aberdeen. These ATCs are in areas where previously we were not able to offer Training to ICATS Registered Companies that don’t have in-house Trainers.

ICATS is also introducing the new ICATS Managers/Engineers Industrial Coating Awareness course. This is a structured training module for managers, engineers, specifiers and anyone that would benefit from an understanding of coating application.

The module covers the following subjects:
Health and Safety in Industrial Painting
Preparation Standards
Blasting and Abrasives
Mechanical and manual preparation
Other surface preparation methods
Painting Specification
Toolbox talks
Paint technology
Scale of Nobility
Convertible and Non-Convertible Coatings
Over-painting existing paint systems
Paint Manufacturers
Paint Faults
QC and QA

The Industrial Coating Applicator (ICA) faces many issues within Industrial Coatings. It is recognised that the ICA role can be misunderstood, leading to a potentially dangerous situation or misinterpretation and expectation of what can or can’t be achieved. This is a one-day classroom based presentation. Courses will take place at our Northampton training facility and other locations.
Please contact the office, phone 01604 438222, or check the ICATS website for details of all courses.

From the Editor

From the Editor

It’s almost Spring and our industry is gearing up for the busy maintenance period. This involves a lot of inspection work and testing against standards, which are the themes of this issue. Firstly there is an up-date of the important protective coatings standard, ISO 12944 from Trevor Fielding of the British Coatings Federation, and Malcolm Morris of Sherwin Williams. Several of the parts were revised and these are highlighted in the article. There is also an article on the non-destructive test methods available to assess corrosion under insulation, by Kristian Hampson of IMechE Argyll Ruane, to complement the article in 
the previous issue on the testing of coatings for use 
under insulation. Finally, Ian Patterson of Paint Technology Solutions discusses the development of digital/paperless reporting of site data from painting contractors and inspectors.

The issue also has, as usual, reports from the various sections of the Institute, and what’s been happening within our industry.

Remember to send me information about your new products or any other news you have about your company or what’s happening within your part of our industry. I also welcome submissions of technical articles and the editorial themes can be found at I can be contacted at,

Brian Goldie, Consulting Editor

The President Writes

The President Writes

As usual the year is flying by at an incredible rate while I have been gradually settling into the role of President, with the valuable support of Sarah Vasey and other Past Presidents. There are so many different aspects to consider and I have been learning more than I ever thought possible about training course provision, financial reporting, membership development, quality management, conference organisation, award nomination, local branch activities, property management and relationships with other organisations, to name just a few!

On 7th March, Past President Trevor Osborne received the keys to our new Head Office at 5 St Peters Gardens in Northampton. Over the past two years, Trevor has devoted an admirable amount of his valuable time to looking for and then purchasing a new home for the Institute, dealing with estate agents, failed bids, complex negotiations, surveys, refurbishment work and not least all of that annoying red tape. I would like to thank him warmly on behalf of the Institute for his patience and perseverance in getting this over the line. I’m sure that like me you’re all looking forward to seeing the fruits of his labour – a sneak preview is available in this issue.

Within Council, and on various Institute committees, we’ve been giving a lot of thought to strategy development over the past few months. The world is changing at a faster rate than at any time in human history, as witnessed by the evolving transition to low carbon energy, the digital revolution and increasing generational and political polarisation. In order for the Institute to survive, we must adapt to these external influences and we’ve been discussing a number of ideas that will help us build towards a sustainable future. Thankfully, from the perspective of our members at least, one thing that will never change is the thermodynamic tendency of metals to revert to their oxides!

Another important initiative that we have launched recently is to refresh the Institute brand, which has served its purpose but is now looking a little bit dated. The overall vision is to develop a fresher and more clean-cut look, while maintaining the gravitas of a professional body. A change in focus will be the use of photos showing pristine infrastructure, rather than rust and corroded components, to emphasise that our members do things right! We have commissioned the development of a new logo, branding and brand guidelines, and will be implementing these on our website, stationery and marketing material over the summer. This is never easy and it is difficult to please everyone but I hope that most of you will like the end result. The new brand will play a key role in our marketing and membership development activities.

One of the more enjoyable aspects of being President is getting to meet our members up and down the country. I’m very much looking forward to attending local branch events and already have confirmed dates in the diary to speak at Aberdeen, Midlands and London branch meetings. I’m not sure whether I will get away with giving the same talk each time but I can always try!