Tuesday, 23 December 2014


Living as I do, in the UK, the beginning of a new year marks the end of the 'festive season' and is both an opportunity for celebration and contemplation. Even as we celebrate, news of terrible misfortune and war are never far away - and we always hope that the New Year will turn out to be better than the last.

Of course, New Year arrives at other times in different traditions and calendars. In this, as in many things, humanity does not speak with one voice. 


Nevertheless, any opportunity to wish for peace, prosperity and universal good will is worth taking and so, together with all my colleagues at A&E offices around the world, I sincerely wish you all a very Happy New Year, whenever it may be!

恭禧發財   عام جديد سعيد  Bonne année et bonne santé  
feliz año nuevo Frohes Neues Jahr  Chúc mừng năm mới!

Tim Davison

Thursday, 18 December 2014


Every day I get emails promising everything I could possibly wish for - nearly always for nothing. All I have to do is supply my bank details and I will be a rich beyond my wildest dreams, achieve amazing success in bed and live until I am a hundred - I know you get them too - we all do. It seems incredible to me that it anyone would believe such implausible lies yet, every week, I hear of apparently sane individuals who have lost their life savings in response to one scam or another.

And sometimes, of course, we are all tempted by the 'Gucci' bag or 'Rolex' that we are offered in markets and bars around the world - it's hard these days to be able to tell the difference between what is real and what is fake just by looking at it.

Which may be okay if all you need is somewhere to stash your keys.

The problem is that fakers don't just make bags, they make counterfeit medicine, poisonous baby products and drinks that will blind and kill you. It doesn't matter to them what happens to the end user, as long as there is a profit in it for them.


or perhaps not ... click here for .wmv
or here for YouTube
Well, I have always been irritated by TV ads that blatantly mislead about the products being advertised: miracle cures for cold symptoms, age-reducing face creams, cereals full of sugar being sold as 'healthy'. Trouble is, we have learned to live with exaggerated claims and try to read between the lines in order to make sensible decisions about our lives.

Nevertheless, we all occasionally opt for the generic brand or the cheaper version that claims to be the same - only to find that it is a complete waste of money.

Now I find myself on the other side of the fence. 

Just as Gucci and Rolex have suffered through their customers being duped by inferior copies, we have found that the Enviropeel brand is being abused by a copycat company, using Enviropeel's success to boost its own reputation. 


In the beginning, this company became an Enviropeel distributor, bought our products and had personnel trained by Enviropeel engineers. Over the next couple of years it used our material and equipment to obtain accreditation from national companies and establish the credentials of sprayable thermoplastics as a high-performance alternative to standard coatings in the local oil and mining industries. 


Then, the owner of the company decided that he could do better without Enviropeel and set up his own organisation to provide a very similar service. Almost immediately, we began to hear stories of Enviropeel accreditations and projects that were being re-branded in the name of the new company. Soon, case histories showing Enviropeel applications were appearing on the company's website purporting to be the work of the new system and we had to take legal action to have a number of documents removed or amended that were using Enviropeel's own photographs and data in support of claims this company was making for its own products. It became so ridiculous that an Enviropeel technical data sheet was reproduced substituting the company's name for Enviropeel - but using the exact same wording, data and design, despite the new company's product having entirely different characteristics. If it wasn't so serious, it would be laughable.

Eventually, most of the material was changed to comply with our request, but some material has lingered on. Case histories with photographs of Enviropeel equipment, an application video showing Enviropeel, information directly cribbed from Enviropeel documentation provided as part of the distribution package. In a way, the fact that the new company could not produce sufficient material from its own resources to support its case became a joke within the Enviropeel community and, perhaps, we didn't take it as seriously as we should.

More recently, however, new lies have appeared. As readers will know, Enviropeel has enjoyed considerable success in the UK power generation sector, providing ingress and corrosion protection on high-voltage switchgear essential to the smooth running of the country's supply network. Not able to achieve the same results, but nevertheless wishing to boast about its own success, a case history was produced by the new company and headlined on its international website - using photographs of an Enviropeel project and claiming the project had been completed by its own personnel.

Presumably, we will be able to persuade them to remove the offending material, but the question remains, why would they do it?

Are they so ashamed of their own products that they have to hide behind the good work of others? Or, do they hope to create the impression that, by claiming all our work as their own, they might blind gullible customers into believing that they have something to offer?

Surely, if the product is as good as it is claimed to be, it can stand on its own two feet?

I don't know the answer to these questions, nor do I understand the motivation for such blatant dishonesty - I can only warn potential customers that they should make sure they get the real thing - Enviropeel!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014


We touched on mothballing in a previous post, contemplating an Enviropeel-protected future where assets could achieve their full potential, free from the threat of corrosion. We also mentioned that the idea for Enviropeel sprang from the downturn of the 1980s and our CEO, Arthur Haycox's insight into the potential for a sprayable encapsulation system to protect decommissioned equipment from offshore platforms.

The French have some words for it ...

Apart from Déjà vu, which tells us that we have seen it all before, the French also point out that plus ça change plus c'est la même chose - the more things change, the more they stay the same - and it seems they are right.

Several news stories recently have been reporting 5-year lows in the price of crude oil, with falls of about 40% in the past six months to below $68. This is close to the marginal production cost of more expensive offshore projects and, as a consequence, drillers and operators are looking to slowdown production by taking the most expensive units offline.

Warm and Cold Stacking

So, as they did in the eighties, platforms are being readied for an uncertain future. Warm stacking is the first phase, where a rig goes in to standby but basic operations are maintained - on the basis that any downturn will be of short duration. However, according to some observers, there is increased talk of cold stacking, a much longer-term process with complete shut down of the least cost-effective production platforms until prices rise well beyond the cost of production.

With operational costs of around $30,000 a day for a working platform, a reduction to as little as $2000 a day for a cold-stacked platform is an attractive option. A return to service, however, may be a distant prospect if the platform is not adequately safeguarded against deterioration while out of use.

It is surprising, for example, how quickly pumps and valves become unserviceable if left for prolonged periods of inactivity without protection. As the English say, use it or lose it, or perhaps they should be saying, use it or Enviropeel it! It doesn't rhyme as well - but it makes a lot more sense to protect your assets than let them go to waste. It must be worth a little time and $50 of material to save, for example, a valve that would cost many thousands to replace, especially when there are hundreds of valves and thousands of components on every platform which could benefit from such a small investment.

Oil prices will rise. You don't need to be clairvoyant to understand the ebb and flow of the market, nor does it take rocket scientists to understand the maths.

For more information on Enviropeel and mothballing, go to www.mothballing.net

Wednesday, 3 December 2014


I was reading through the blog yesterday (someone has to) when I realised that we haven't mentioned Simon's deluge test. Well, that's not quite true, we have mentioned it  - but just a mention doesn't do it justice - at the very least it needs a photo.

So here it is

The photo shows a brand new mild steel flange and pipe that have been subjected to a 20% salt-water deluge for several weeks, on a 12-hour cycle to maximise corrosion potential.

The test was undertaken some time ago but, as mentioned, I had not put any details on the blog - and it seemed like a good idea to put that right as soon as possible.

Both images are of the same substrate. On the left, salt-water flows down the pipe and around the Enviropeel encapsulation. causing the whole substrate to stream with rust. On the right, opening up the encapsulation reveals just how complete the Enviropeel protection has been. It's a pretty graphic demonstration of how incredibly good the Enviropeel system is at protecting vulnerable steel substrates. For more details one ingress protection you can access 'Enviropeel - Ingress Protection' by clicking the link.

Friday, 14 November 2014


Cycles in human activity dictate that what is popular or useful one day may not be required the next. Changes in fashion, the economy, technology and now even our climate, mean that predicting the future becomes more difficult every year.

Picture courtesy Chuckman Collection Vol. 17
Despite the uncertainty, some basic truths persist: if it can go wrong, it probably will; the simplest explanation is most likely to be true; hell is not a suitable place for a snowball - you know the kind of thing. So, while we may not be able to plan a picnic in England because we do not know when the rain will come, the fact that rain will come remains a certainty.

Left: apparently this is also true for Chicago ...

What’s my point?

It’s about foresight. Our CEO often refers to the ‘K.I.S.S.’ principle - keep it simple stupid - especially when he is talking to me! And there are some things about what we do as a company that are nearly as straightforward as he would like them to be.

Typical fifties car shortly after collection from the dealer
Corrosion is a simple equation - steel plus oxygen and water equals rust - yet we persist in building our most valuable infrastructure from this most vulnerable material. In the past, cars would corrode very quickly and bodywork would fail long before the engine or gearbox but, more recently, an increasingly robust approach to corrosion control has all but eliminated these rustbuckets from our roads. So it seems pretty straightforward, if you want to preserve your infrastructure from corrosion, give it adequate protection.

If only it were so simple

Many factors play a part in producing the rust we see in every outdoor working environment and, of course, not all rust prevention is cost-effective. Indeed, in many areas, corrosion has been seen as inevitable and structures designed to allow for metal loss through these natural processes with very little intervention.

Fortunately, safety issues and such an obvious waste of resources has motivated a more pro-active approach to corrosion control in recent years but factors such as cost and the long-term effectiveness of protection are as important today as they ever were - and maintenance is in the ultimate catch 22 situation. When operators are busy, there is no time for maintenance and when they have no work, there is also no money.

One of the prime motivators for the development of Enviropeel was the collapse of demand for oil in the 1980s with many oil platforms being decommissioned and production facilities mothballed. Our CEO, who was working in the oil industry at the time, had a background in automotive rust protection and could see that much of the stored equipment was not being adequately protected and started to work on the idea that a sprayable protection system would be ideal if it could be made to work.

In the thirty years that have passed since that time, trillions of dollars have been lost through corrosion. NACE estimates the cost to be approximately 4% of GDP, which would have been over 3 trillion dollars in 2013 alone. Over 25% of pipeline failures in the US are the result of corrosion and many deaths from explosions, bridge collapses and other infrastructure failures attest to the human cost of our failure to control corrosion.

Protecting a large component for storage
Now, I am not suggesting that the universal adoption of Enviropeel would immediately save the planet. It might take somewhat longer - and require one or two other remedial processes before that objective could be achieved. But a little bit of foresight and a few Enviropeel applications can be amazingly effective in reducing losses from component and infrastructure failure – and every little bit helps.

If stored component failure can be reduced to zero in parts of the mining industry and failure cycles in operating equipment reduced by 500%, what would this mean for other industries with similar problems? If you’re in an industry where demand and production cycles fluctuate, how much better off are you going to be if your mothballed equipment still works when you need it? And that emergency standby pump, generator, spare part? You have to be sure it stays fit for purpose.

It really is that simple. It will go wrong if you don’t do something about it and Enviropeel can help – without costing you the earth!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014


Tick lists ... the curse of the modern age?

I don't know about you or your business, but I am sure you spend a lot of time on the constant need to verify everything over and over again to a seemingly endless variety of industry sectors, safety authorities and quality organisations ... and keep doing it every year!

And, no year seems to be as short as the twelve months between ISO audits. By the time you have analysed the auditor's report, debated the corrective actions, revised the paperwork and made the necessary adjustments, there may be time to do a couple of paying jobs between the internal quality audits, procedural reviews and document updates ... then it's time for the next annual audit.

OK, so I'm exaggerating a little ...

Nevertheless, it is true to say that maintaining a meaningful quality control system requires a lot of work. We have a small admin team at the A&E UK office, with regional responsibility for Enviropeel & Alocit sales and manufacture, imports and exports as well as logistics for a projects department which, although it is usually based in the UK, travels extensively locally as well as internationally ... usually with quite a lot of equipment, all of which has to be checked and certified.

In order to work in many industries, offshore for example, it has become mandatory in Europe to be ISO certified, so all A&E paperwork, policies and systems have to comply with our ISO audited quality system. Obviously, in order to function properly, any office has to be well organised, but a comprehensive auditing system like ISO creates a considerable administrative overhead, as the need for oversight means every action has to be recorded and filed. Together with the obligation to review and improve systems on a regular basis, it's a full time job, just keeping up with the paperwork.

Above: an artist's impression of the A&E quality management file retrieval system

And it's not just ISO ...

As well as ISO, other industry sectors require additional auditing. For the UK project team and their work in the electricity generating and transmission industry, this means Achilles

Achilles works internationally, across a wide range of industry sectors: Automotive, Construction, Oil & Gas, Transport and Utilities, providing validation of supplier management systems in key areas such as Corporate Social Responsibility / Sustainability, Health & Safety, Environment, Carbon Emissions, Factory Assessment, Quality, Business continuity and Human Resources. For A&E, the relevant sector is Achilles UVDB, the largest sector within Achilles, representing Utilities, Airports and Ports. UVDB measures suppliers against the above-mentioned criteria and then awards them a percentage score to indicate how well they are doing. Buyers can then assess individual suppliers and make choices about who they will use. At its most basic, a supplier's presence on the database gives confidence that it has the necessary capabilities to meet a customer's needs. In the UK, 6,700 suppliers are listed on the UVDB data base and UVDB auditors inspect every supplier, every year. 

For A&E in 2014, customers viewing the A&E profile will see that we did rather well. Quality manager Cathy Frost, ably assisted by Danni Scott, oversaw an improvement on 2013 with well above average results, a tribute to the hard work of both admin and projects personnel.

   82.5% Health and Safety Management
   86.3% Environmental Management
   100%  Quality Management

   90.9% Site Health and Safety Management
   93%    Site Environmental Management
   100%  Site Management

So, having described the pain, we come to the gain ... what does all this mean for A&E and its customers? 

Well, it certainly doesn't mean we never make mistakes. What it does mean, however, is that mistakes rarely happen and, if they do, we rectify the problem, modify the system so that errors are less likely to happen and continue to provide the best possible service in a less than perfect world. So customers are assured that we have the products and systems that can reliably and cost-effectively solve their problems.

Otherwise, what would be the point?

Friday, 3 October 2014


Charles Darwin never made it to the part of Australia that now bears his name. Even now, the Northern Territory and its capital are off the beaten track for most people - but the region enjoys a thriving international tourist industry and a rich resource-based economy with a large mining industry and a rapidly growing interest in oil and gas.

Charles Darwin on his way to
the ACA Conference
In September, Darwin became the focus of Australia's corrosion engineers as it hosted the annual Australian Corrosion Association Conference, Corrosion & Prevention 2014. The conference exhibition was a sellout, with exhibitors from around the world as well as from the Northern Territory. For the A&E Group, Chris Harrey from our Perth office and Technical Director Simon Haycox were our natural selection to represent the Group at the conference and, armed with tasteful giveaways, they kept visitors entertained and informed throughout the three day exhibition.

Of particular interest to visitors was a unique opportunity to see how well Alocit performs underwater by trying it for themselves. A specially constructed stainless steel and glass tank was filled with seawater and anyone who wished to was able to take a brush and apply the material for themselves. 

The photo on the right shows the tank in use, and it wasn't long before Darwin had a number of 'experienced' Alocit applicators. All of them were amazed to find how easy it can be to apply a coating straight from the can and on to wet and submerged steel - seeing is believing!

Everyone who tried Alocit was treated to an Alocit designer classic ... their very own Alocit Corrosion & Prevention t-shirt.

Visitors were also very interested in the history of Enviropeel in Australia and the role that Australia has had in the development of Enviropeel as a product that can survive and protect in some of the most difficult conditions in the world. It's not often that a product has the impact that Enviropeel had on corrosion prevention for BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto (see blog from April for details or click this link ).

Next year's conference is in Adelaide, we look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

So, which Congo is it?

The ancient kingdom of Kongo
When we first had an enquiry for a large project in the Congo, I was blissfully unaware that there are two Congos in West Africa. Despite the fact that earlier generations of my own family had been traders in the region, I did not realise that there had been a French and a Belgian Congo whose colonial borders were still reflected in countries that sit either side of the Congo river as it flows into the Atlantic ocean.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the larger of the two Congos, inheriting its borders from the old Belgian Congo. To the north east, lies the Republic of Congo, once a French colony so, while the two countries may have different borders, they both share French as their official language.

Enter Sean Ong. Sean is A&E Manager for the Far East, based in Malaysia and is responsible for training delivery in his region and elsewhere. He spends a lot of his time travelling in the Middle East as well as Australia and China for product trials, training and exhibitions. As the Congo project involved training an entire application team to complete a large ongoing application, all Sean's expertise would be focussed on getting the training completed as effectively as possible.

The CA30 arrives at the beach - but can't find a deckchair
Sean was one of two A&E employees sent over to Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo (once we had realised that we couldn't get their visas from the DRC consulate). He was accompanied by Josh Nash, a UK Supervisor who had already been to West Africa as part of an Enviropeel training team in Nigeria. With his experience on large power generation structures, Josh was there to lend practical expertise on unusual substrates, as the Congo project involved applications to a different type of structure than the gas and oil pipelines that Sean was used to. The French company had bought Enviropeel material and a twin-pump CA30 application unit and our team was there to train the application team and provide practical guidance on the development of special application procedures.

Sean speaks a number of Chinese dialects as well as English and some Malay, so he does not usually have difficulty with communication. Although the company running the Congo project was French, all their documentation (of which there was a considerable amount) was in English, as were their emails and all the meetings we had with them prior to mobilisation. So it came as a shock to all of us that few people on site - and almost none of the people they were to be training - spoke any English.

Once the Interpreter had a better understanding of the
process, it was much easier for the trainees
Training the Interpreter
Although they were assigned an interpreter, it proved very difficult to translate many of the concepts that lie behind the application methodology. Setting up the machine and switching it on was simple compared with the nuances of spraying techniques so they decided to train the interpreter first. This seemed to make a big difference and, although the process was still very slow, the local trainees began to apply to a reasonable standard. At the same time, one of the company engineers was also trained to service and repair the equipment. 

Josh returned to the UK after 8 days and by the end of 17 days, when Sean was scheduled to return to Malaysia, three team members were certified as Enviropeel applicators. Nevertheless, it was felt that, although good progress had been made, the existing team would benefit from a further period of in-job training and that a greater number of qualified applicators were required. So, the following month, after an initial scare from the advance of the Ebola epidemic, Sean returned to the Congo to train a further 4-6 applicators. At the same time, the company decided to purchase a second application unit to improve productivity. 

It's still early days but progress has continued in application quality and efficiency with reports from Sean indicating the potential for a very successful outcome for our new African colleagues.

Pictures left show an engineer being trained to service a pump, two trainees applying Enviropeel and an application being trimmed in preparation for the final sealant application.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

THINGS WE ARE GOOD AT ... and a really good story ... read on!

Underwater Painting and Rehabilitation

The idea that it is possible to successfully coat a structure covered in water seems crazy yet, all around the world, there are bridges, pipelines and jetties that are supported by vulnerable steel and concrete structures that are either permanently or regularly submerged.

Sometimes operators leave it too late ...
Even when great care is taken to protect steel structures in marine environments with coatings and cathodic protection systems - impact damage, microbial action and other factors will often make repairs and/or re-coating necessary.

So, it's handy that we have a product that can help

In the UK, Australia and the USA, Alocit is working with specialist companies that can do amazing things to restore and protect ageing or damaged assets, saving money and preserving valuable infrastructure. 

Commercial Diving Services (CDS) in Alabama featured in a post last November. Company president, Doug Christopher, calculates that they have applied more than 300,000 sq ft of Alocit in their region. CDS have a reputation for success in difficult circumstances but, when called on to survey the structure pictured above, it was clear that the operators had left this particular project a little too long! More sensible applications include the toll bridge piles right. The piles are part of a protective barrier around the bridge support tower and were beginning to deteriorate. After blasting, Alocit coating was applied above water from a pontoon and below water by diver. Alocit can be applied in the wet, through the splash zone and on to dry or wet surfaces above water.

A really good story ...

In Australia Alocit has been used underwater successfully in a range of areas - you have probably seen the video of NZ navy divers (if not, here it is) using Alocit underwater on a damaged prop shaft. Most of the time we sell the coating, customers apply it, job done. Occasionally we get to hear about what they have been up to but, sometimes, it turns out to be a really good story ...

Are you sitting comfortably?

About three years ago Chris Harrey at our Australian office in Perth had a phone call from a local Dock Master with an interesting tale to tell ... he had a large submersible floating dock which had been coated in Korea prior to delivery in Australia. Within a year, the coating started to fail and, as part of the legal action that followed, an assessment had to be made of the likely cost of repair. This wasn't so easy to do. How was the dock to be repaired? How do you dry dock a dry dock? What kind of coating do you use?

Many questions and, as the Dock Master related to Chris, not as many answers as he would have liked. However ... just as the owners of the deteriorating dry dock were contemplating what to do, the dock in question came in from a mission. 

For those of you that are not familiar with this kind of dock, it is designed to be taken out to the vessel requiring maintenance where it submerges. The vessel positions itself over the dock, which then resurfaces, lifting the vessel out of the water. The dock then returns to base so that the vessel can be worked on out of the water.

On this particular occasion, the vessel being returned for work was a submarine. It was covered in corrosion and marine growth, except for one particular area which appeared to be in very good condition. As the Dock Master tells the story, he was intrigued by the clean area thinking that a paint that worked on a submarine would work on his dock. In conversation with the crew, he discovered that the area in question had been coated underwater some years previously as part of a trial and that it had stayed in perfect condition ever since.

An artist's impression of the submarine arriving in Perth
Now the Dock Master was excited, this was just what he needed ... but where could he get it? He investigated, got the name of the product (perhaps I should mention it was Alocit 28.15) and went on line to find it. He was amazed to find that he only had to drive a few miles down the road to get it and that there was a well-respected local company who could apply it for him. 

Gage Roads Diving/Franmarine were the company and since that time they have been using Alocit successfully underwater to repair failing coatings. The background to the application can be found on their website here and in the following pdf document. GRD Franmarine is one of Australia’s leading commercial diving companies with more than three decades of experience in onshore and offshore diving and hull cleaning services

Needless to say, we liked this story but it is not unusual for us to find that Alocit has been able to solve a difficult problem, particularly in situations where other coatings have failed or where coating is required in difficult environments such as underwater. Not so crazy, after all!

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Great Southern Land

Australia really is a great place and, if you have had the good fortune to spend any time there, you will be familiar with its great weather, wide open spaces and spectacular cities. But not everyone goes there for a holiday. As in the USA, Australia's population has grown through immigration; people from around the word drawn by prospects of a better quality of life and opportunity in this great southern land.

One such person was Vaz Dziombak, an engineer from Yorkshire, transferring to Western Australia to help with his family's business, providing engineering services for the mining industry. The company, Robil Engineering, played a key role in maintaining equipment for large international mining companies, particularly conveyor systems which required constant repair and refurbishment because of the harsh conditions in which they operated.

As an engineer, Vas was always looking for better ways to do things and, if possible, save money. In 1999 he read about Enviropeel in Professional Engineering, the journal of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering in the UK. On a trip to England later that year Vaz visited the Enviropeel offices and decided that the product had a role to play in preventing deterioration of stored equipment and machine parts at Robil's workshops. The repaired and refurbished equipment might wait many months before being required and 45% needed rework before being used because of corrosion and other issues arising from prolonged storage. Vaz anticipated that Enviropeel would be able to protect this equipment and enable Robil to provide a better and more cost-effective service to its customers.

And so it proved, failures in stored equipment were eliminated and it became standard practise for Robil to encapsulate components and complete bearing assemblies with Enviropeel prior to delivery to mining company sites.
Vas examines an Enviropeel
application at Robil

So far, so good ... but it wasn't long before mining company personnel noticed the new material being removed from the newly delivered parts. On learning the purpose of the material, they wondered if Enviropeel would have the same success on working components. With bearings worth thousands of dollars failing in as little as nine months, they were very keen to see what would happen if the Enviropeel was left on the bearing instead of removing it for installation.

Some weeks later, after testing the potential effects of the encapsulation on bearing temperature and lubrication, the first Enviropeel-protected bearings were installed on operating equipment. These trials were so successful that it wasn't long before all bearing housings on BHP Billiton and Dampier Salt conveyors were specified to be protected with Enviropeel. Now, with bearings lasting several years instead of months, many millions of dollars have been saved in downtime, machinery and maintenance-related accidents.

Robil eventually became part of the Orontide Group an Australia-wide engineering and coating services provider - part of a network of Enviropeel suppliers and applicators that are busy making sure Australia stays corrosion free!

A short video on Enviropeel in Australia can be viewed by clicking this link

Wednesday, 19 March 2014



A NACE conference is a good place to meet and make friends, meet up with colleagues, to teach and to learn something new. For those of you that are not familiar with the organisation, it was established in the US, in 1943 by eleven corrosion engineers from the pipeline industry as the “National Association of Corrosion Engineers.” The founding engineers were originally part of a regional group formed in the 1930s when the study of cathodic protection was introduced. Since then, NACE International has become a global leader in developing corrosion prevention and control standards, certification and education. Alocit and Enviropeel have enjoyed a long association with NACE and have enjoyed several years of successful exhibiting and presenting papers in the US as well as in China and Japan.

This year's conference was very well attended and made an excellent arena for the debut of a new exhibition stand, seen in various stages of construction on the right. The top two images show Ivan Hess and Kenny Boehm of Enviropeel USA (our US partners) helping out with the construction while the middle image shows the completed stand just before the exhibition opened. Below, A&E Group CEO joins with Ivan in talking to an attendee while two other groups admire the colourful pipe display sent over to San Antonio from the Group's project team in Malaysia.

This year, many visitors sought our booth out as they had specific interest in Alocit or Enviropeel, which was a change from previous years when many visitors had never seen our products before. Visitors to the stand included representatives from Chevron, Shell, Conoco Phillips, Denso, Anadarko, American Electric Power, BP, Valero, Phillips 66, Mosaic, and Occidental as well as several smaller companies, including service companies, consultants and end users who were also attracted by the unique qualities of Alocit and Enviropeel.

San Antonio is a beautiful city and the conference was well organised, my thanks to everybody that was involved in making the Conference such a success.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014


More good news from our Technical Department

Last month we spoke about the progress of the ASTM B117 hot salt fog test and the part it plays in providing some of the technical background to all that we say about Enviropeel's ability to prevent corrosion - and we presented the 4500 hour report last year for your information.

Still going strong at 7500 hours

Now we have removed another sample flange from the hot salt fog cabinet at 7500 hours and we couldn't be happier with the result. 

As you can see in the photograph, there is a marked deterioration in the control flange but the only difference that is visible between the six month and the nine month Enviropeel protected flanges is an increase in corrosion outside the protected area, on the sealing cap that prevents the corrosion that would occur if the pipe end was left open.

You can link to the original report here: ASTM 4500 hrs
Link to the 7500 hour update here: ASTM 7500 hr update


The start of a new year is an opportunity for reflection, renewal and celebration. As a business with many Chinese friends and colleagues, we have been able to share the spirit of the occasion and look forward, as they do, to the 'Year of the Horse'.

We are told to expect rapid progress, good communication and positivity, but also the possibility of conflict, as this is a year in which people may be less willing to compromise on their principals. Let's hope we can all agree on what principals we should be sticking to!

Monday, 27 January 2014


Friends of Alocit and Enviropeel will know that we have been long-term supporters of NACE Corrosion Expos and other technical conferences. We have presented papers at many of them over the years and have plans on the table for a number of conferences in 2014. Already confirmed are two NACE exhibitions: San Diego in March and Beijing in May.

CORROSION 2014 - 9-13 March - Stand 1747

For Corrosion 2014 in San Antonio we are working with our Indiana-based US partners - EnviropeelUSA - who are Master Distributors for the whole of the Americas, from Canada to Argentina. EUSA President, Kenny Boehm, who has been digging himself and his neighbours out of the snow recently, is hoping that Texas will have warmed up a little by March. Visit us on stand 1747 where we will be happy to answer your questions on our products - or just share a cup of coffee and talk about the weather!

SINOCORR 2014 - 19-22 MAY - Stand D02

'All the proofe of a pudding, is in the eating' (William Camden 1605)

In Beijing, as well as exhibiting, A&E are presenting two papers: one each for Alocit and Enviropeel, both looking at the background to the Group's long-term testing regime. We have written previously about Enviropeel ASTM B117 testing in our blog, back in November, but 3000 hours have passed since the last report and by May it will have been over a year - 8766 hours. With long-term UV and deluge testing as well as a range of background information, the Enviropeel paper will have plenty of detail for conference attendees to digest.

For both Alocit and Enviropeel, because they are problem-solving coatings working in difficult environments, selecting the most appropriate testing regime is vital. For the Alocit presentation, we look at the these problems in the context of our experience in the field and how testing can lead to new developments in substrate protection.

So, while we fully agree with William Camden that the best way to prove a product is to try it, it can also be useful to provide some facts and figures too!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014


F-F-F-Freezing in Indianapolis

Kenny Boehm, CEO of EUSA is feeling the cold. It's -12°F in Indianapolis and the streets are covered in snow. That's 24 degrees below zero in new money - and that is really cold. He sent us a pic of the street outside his warehouse, a few blocks from downtown Indianapolis.

So, if you're on the other side of the world and sitting in front of an AC unit complaining about the heat, spare a thought for the mid-west!

Our man in Havana

Most people have some kind of vision of Cuba - a great place for a change of culture with fabulous old cars, vibrant locations and great music. But it might not seem the obvious place to find Enviropeel, even though we have already worked extensively in the Caribbean on LPG carriers travelling between Trinidad and Venezuela, as well as on Trinidad itself.

Yet Cuba has its own oil and gas industry despite the long-standing US embargo, and now, following an enquiry from a Canadian oil and gas company with extensive interests in the region, it has Enviropeel too!

Working on an island in a humid, salty environment, the company was seeking a solution to corrosion problems with bolting on its wellheads. Following extensive research, it was decided that Enviropeel seemed to be just the product they needed.

As well as standard grey material, special batches of red and blue were manufactured in the UK and shipped to Cuba, together with a small mobile Enviropeel unit. Technical Director, Simon Haycox, travelled from Malaysia to Cuba (a very long journey) to survey and advise on corrosion control using Enviropeel, train local personnel and complete a number of successful initial applications.