International b2b Forum
28 – 29.06.2018
International b2b Forum<br/>28 – 29.06.2018

Interview with PhD eng. Agnieszka Królikowska, President of Polish Corrosion Society

2018-05-02 08:07:52



1. Could you please present in brief the Polish Corrosion Society?

When was it established? How many members does it have and are they only national?
Polish Corrosion Society (PSK) is an organization associating Polish corrosionists. The main aim of the Society is to create a platform for communication between all persons interested in corrosion and anticorrosion problems – investors, designers, inspectors, factories producing materials and equipment, contractors, scientists. The society was established in 1991 with the aim of: integrating the community, representing its members externally, collectively finding solutions to important professional problems. We have about 300 individual members and about 30 supporting companies.

2. Which are your main goals?

The goals are reached through the following actions:

  • Spreading knowledge of new anticorrosion protection technologies by both organizing and taking part in technical and scientific conferences and thematic exhibitions
  • Influencing the progress of technical development in the scope of methods and techniques of corrosion protection through familiarization, publishing and opinion making actions
  • Introducing young corrosionists to our Association e.g. through contest for the best doctoral, master’s, engineering or bachelor’s thesis. The field of study comprises a wide range of corrosion protection of metals, of concrete, of both polymeric and wooden surfaces. We accept papers on, e. g.: corrosion resistant materials, protective coatings, electrochemical and inhibitor protection, corrosion research, aspects of environmental protection, legal issues, design issues or organization issues. The awards are provided by the Committee including science, industry and Polish Corrosion Society Board representatives.
  • Running international research projects (for example in the CORNET Initiative, “New generation of zinc primers with improved anticorrosion, application and ecological properties”, "Cost-effective biopolymer interior coatings”)
  • Enhancing and improving the specific skill of all people involved in the sector by flowing knowledge aimed to the intensive use of new effective methods of corrosion control by means of a massive offer of training courses, personnel certification, international exchanges and any other possible mean.


3. The Polish Corrosion Society is a member of the European Corrosion Federation (EFC). With which other organizations do you have also cooperation?

PSK cooperates with global organizations such as World Corrosion Organization, European Federation of Corrosion, NACE International and many other Polish Institutions such as: Polish Chamber of Steel Structures, Polish Galvanization Society, Polish Institute of Road and Bridge Research, Institute of Polymer Materials and Pigments, Institute of Building Technology and others. We cordially invite all organizations dealing with corrosion for cooperation!

Enhancing and improving the specific skill of all people involved in the sector by flowing knowledge aimed to the intensive use of new effective methods of corrosion control by means of a massive offer of training courses, personnel certification, international exchanges and any other possible mean.
Our active involvement in EFC resulted in organizing by PSK annual European conference Eurocorr in Cracow on the 9th to 13th of September 2018.

4. How many companies in Poland are dealing with Corrosion prevention? Are they looking for partners from South-East Europe?

We have never make the statistics but we have representatives of most of the world paints producers and some polish ones. The same with the testing and application equipment producers. The widest group includes the steel construction companies which act also in anticorrosion protection and companies carrying out anticorrosion works in field. Inside all these groups we have companies from abroad and I am sure that the huge polish market has place for everyone who proposes effective anticorrosion solutions.

5. How do the corrosion prevention technologies and methods develop in your country?

There are the industry branches which have their own regulation in anticorrosion e.g. road and bridges infrastructure, electricity transportation network. Other ones are working according to different specifications. I find it extremely important to share experience in this field between European countries.
New materials are introduced by European Standards or local documents based on European rules.
Road and Bridge Research Institute for 20 years runs courses on corrosion protection. The courses for inspectors are also run by FROSIO and NACE. I believe that in cooperation with other European countries the courses for European Inspector should be introduced. A common deal should be to widespread the awareness of the immense possibility of economical advantages existing inside the procedures of corrosion control.

 

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