If SSPC Merges with NACE, are we in a new SSPACE?

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Remember when the AFL joined the NFL? How about when the ABA joined the NBA (probably not). Closer to home, maybe you remember familiar paint brands merging, submerging, and then re-emerging. The paint world is eagerly tuned into discussions between SSPC (the Society for Protective Coatings) and NACE International – the Corrosion Society. Talks are amicable – NACE even invited SSPC members to its Christmas party last year in New Orleans.

“For 70 years, NACE and SSPC have represented distinct parts of the asset protection industry. Both organizations have developed industry-respected standards, provided education and training to professionals serving many functions, and contributed to the advancement of the technical and practical knowledge critical to protecting the world’s infrastructure,” the NACE blog reports. “In many instances, we have collaborated to the benefit of our industry.”

Much of 2019 was devoted to talks between the two organizations to see if a merger would benefit them both, for example to provide a pooling of financial and intellectual resources as well as saving on duplication of services. The organizations hired McKinley Advisors for some independent research to make sure neither organization would come out on the wrong side of the aisle should the marriage take place. After interviewing 25 people in each organization, McKinley noted that the major concerns related to the potential loss of relevance or voice in a larger organization, and whether all certifications of both organizations would continue to be recognized and supported –  essentially no one wanted to be left behind and many of the talks are exploring how best to accomplish this.

There as plans to continue discussions throughout the winter and have a membership vote by the 2nd quarter of 2020. The partnership and cooperation of these organizations go back a long way: NACE was part of the initial group that established the SSPC charter.

SSPC was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, a non-profit professional society focused on the use of protective coatings to protect industrial steel structures. Today, SSPC promotes the protection and preservation of concrete, steel and other industrial and marine structures and surfaces using high-performance protective, marine and industrial coatings. sspc.org

Founded in 1943, NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, is the world’s largest nonprofit of its kind with more than 38,000 members in 130 countries. NACE International provides its membership with numerous benefits and offers the world’s most specified technical training and certification programs, industry standards, reports, conferences, and publications focused on corrosion prevention and mitigation. nace.org

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