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!

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