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SGB Scaffolding and Industrial Services Appointed MATCOR Distributor in India

Chalfont, PA (November 12, 2015) – MATCOR, Inc., the trusted full-service provider of proprietary cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions recently announced that the company has appointed SGB Scaffolding and Industrial Services Private Limited (SGB India) as its distributor in India. SGB will take over the MATCOR operations in India. Both MATCOR and SGB India are Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services (BEIS) companies.

SGB India, headquartered in Hyderabad, India, provides industrial services and construction related solutions. This move to incorporate MATCOR’s proprietary cathodic protection and AC mitigation solutions enables SGB India to deliver a broader range of services and solutions to customers throughout India.

Shailesh Javia will lead operations in relation to cathodic protection products, systems, and corrosion engineering solutions out of SGB’s office in Ahmedabad, India. The office is located at 106, Sakar – V, B/h. Natraj Cinema, Opp. H.K. College, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad – 380009, Gujarat, India and staff can be reached by phone at +91 (0)79 26588551 or email at

“With the significant infrastructure development expected in India, local operators will benefit greatly from MATCOR’s turnkey corrosion prevention solutions and SGB’s industrial and construction solutions,” said Kevin Pitts, President of MATCOR.

India is home to many major companies in the oil and gas, chemical, power, water and other infrastructure industries. These companies operate assets such as pipelines, plant piping, offshore structures and storage tanks that require the corrosion prevention products and services provided by MATCOR. In addition, India has a growing network of pipelines laid in overhead electrical right-of-way corridors. Pipelines along these corridors experience AC interference as great as 50-75 VAC, which can cause corrosion and a hazardous environment for workers and the public.

SGB India will provide operators in India with full array of cathodic protection and corrosion engineering services, in addition to a full range of AC mitigation products and services to combat pipeline AC interference.


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MATCOR Profiled in India Corrosion Publication

MATCOR Profile in Coatings and Anti-Corrosion Engineering Review, Apr/May 2015 issueThank you to Abraham Mathai at Coatings and Anti Corrosion Engineering Review for the profile about MATCOR and our 40th anniversary in the April/May 2015 issue!

MATCOR was founded in 1975 by William R. Schutt when he set out to develop a high quality, reliable source for cathodic protection products and equipment. The company designed and provided the first commercial cathodic protection system for reinforced concrete bridge decks that same year. The company has grown to offer a broad portfolio of proprietary cathodic protection and AC mitigation products, in addition to complete corrosion engineering services.

In March of 2015, MATCOR was acquired by Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services (Brand). Brand also owns CP Masters, Inc., a leader in the design and construction of cathodic protection and corrosion control prevention in the North American energy markets.


Indian oil pipelines under tight surveillance

INDIA: Oil companies in Kochi have upped their surveillance to monitor the pipelines which pass underground through the city carrying highly inflammable oil products.

Apart from deploying foot patrol teams, the companies have roped in the support of local residents who live near the pipe lines to strengthen the monitoring activities.

“Certain pipe lines are of 12 km long. We don’t reveal the actual route map as it is a matter of national security. Though there are no specific threats to the oil pipelines, we have spruced up surveillance considering the changing security scenario,” said official sources in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC).

The sources said that the patrolling teams walk all along the route on shift basis to check for any suspected activities. “We have implemented a system in which the security personnel of the oil companies frequently interact with the residents living adjacent to the pipelines. We will also train them to report suspected activities or incidents which they notice in the area,” the sources said.

The companies have also implemented state-of-the-art systems to monitor the pipe lines from a control room in the refineries. “We have cathodic protection systems and other devices to check the safety of the pipe lines. Any variation in the pressure will be immediately known at the control room,” the sources added.

Kochi City Police Commissioner M R Ajith Kumar said that though the oil companies have their own mechanism to monitor the pipelines, the city police also conduct routine surveillance on its own. “We also undertake round the clock monitoring of the areas through which the pipe lines pass,” the Commissioner said.