NEWS ALERT: Join Cortec® Southeast Asia at the Virtual Indonesian Infrastructure Week!

Cortec® Southeast Asia (SEA) is looking forward to penetrating the surrounding region with Cortec® corrosion solutions by expanding its user base at the upcoming Virtual Indonesian Infrastructure Week Exhibition! The live portion of the virtual event will take place November 3rd-5th on the Infrastructure Connect platform where more than 10,000 professionals are expected to gather to learn more about new technologies and innovations related to infrastructure needs. Cortec® SEA is looking forward to the opportunity to introduce MCI® Technologies for extending concrete service life to architects, engineers, contractors, government officials, and many others. In particular, they are eager to discuss the following topics:

• Migrating Corrosion Inhibiting admixtures for new construction: standards, function, and impact on service life
• Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors for protection of PT structures
• Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors for repair and rehabilitation of existing structures
• Preservation of assets during construction delays

If you are in the region or know someone who is, be sure to register and spread the word about this exciting networking and educational opportunity! Register here:

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Join us at the 2021 ICRI Fall Convention in Minneapolis!

September 1, 2021

We are excited to be gearing up for the 2021 International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) Fall Convention! After more than a year away from the norm, we are looking forward to once again being in person for three days packed with networking, fun, and concrete repair education right in Cortec® and ICRI’s own “backyard” of Minneapolis, Minnesota!

Our entire MCI® North America team will be present hosting a tabletop booth, so whether you are from Montreal, Philadelphia, San Diego, or somewhere in between, know that your MCI® rep is going to be there for you. In fact, we encourage you to schedule a one-on-one meeting in advance so you can get right down to business discussing your MCI® projects, prospects, and needs with your rep when you come see us (and to get entered in a prize drawing!) Mark your calendars now!

October 11-13, 2021
Theme: Evaluation and Forensics—"Despair to Repair"
Marriott Minneapolis City Center | Minneapolis, Minnesota

Get more details and register here:

Sign up for a one-on-one with your MCI® rep and get entered in a prize drawing here:

Keywords: ICRI, concrete repair, corrosion, Cortec, MCI, Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors,
concrete durability, ICRI fall convention

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Earn AIA Learning Units with Cortec® MCI®!

Earn AIA Learning Units with MCI

August 25, 2021

continuing education system provider (CES) with the American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Cortec® continues to reinforce its position as a global leader in corrosion control solutions by offering educational courses designed for the construction industry. As part of this initiative, Cortec® has recently registered and been approved as a “passport” level continuing education system provider (CES) with the American Institute of Architects (AIA)!

Cortec® has always been keen on providing educational services to construction professionals regarding corrosion inhibitors and the role they play in improving the durability of concrete and steel structures. Cortec’s presentations and educational offerings have generally been delivered in a variety of formats and venues including “Lunch and Learns,” individual meetings, virtual seminars, industry events and trade shows, and more. To add even more value to these opportunities, Cortec’s presentations now earn attendees education credits that can be used toward renewing individual professional registration licenses in different jurisdictions. Cortec’s accredited educational content will be available in person, online, live, or on demand anywhere in the world.

Currently registered Cortec® MCI® courses offer participants elective learning units and Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) learning units.

The courses primarily discuss the corrosion challenges in construction and the role of corrosion inhibitors in mitigating these problems. The following topics are among the offered courses:

• How corrosion happens in concrete
• Service life modeling to predict the serviceability of a concrete structure
• An introduction to corrosion inhibitors including their types, mechanisms, applications, and limitations
• Testing and verification of corrosion inhibitor performance
• Global case histories where corrosion inhibitors have been used successfully

Registered courses are being offered to all construction professionals and can be requested on the Cortec® MCI® website at this link: https://www.
. Apply today!

Keywords: AIA, continuing education, MCI, Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors, service life, corrosion, corrosion protection, construction,
corrosion in concrete, architects, durability

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How Do MCI®-2005/2005 NS Admixtures Compare to the Competition?

MCI®-2005/2005 NS Admixtures vs competition

August 19, 2021

When building new concrete structures, ready mix suppliers, project owners, and specifying engineers naturally want to use the product that works best for the job. So, in the case of corrosion inhibitors, what are the defining features of how MCI® admixtures line up against the competition? Here are some key factors to know when comparing MCI®-2005 and MCI®-2005 NS amine carboxylates against other corrosion inhibiting admixtures on the market.

• MCI®-2005/2005 NS do not accelerate set timeCalcium nitrite typically does, sometimes to great disadvantage by decreasing workability and increasing cold joint formation.
®-2005/2005 NS meet ASTM C1582Amine alcohol corrosion inhibiting admixtures do not.
®-2005/2005 NS have small dosage rates compared to calcium nitrite and competitor amine alcohols (MCI®: 1-1.5 pt/yd³ [0.6-1 L/m³]; Competition: 1-6 gal/yd³ [5-30 L/m³]).
®-2005 NS has no noticeable impacts on concrete physical properties including compressive strength, set time, and air content, unlike competing corrosion inhibitors. (MCI®-2005 slightly delays set time, which is often desired.)
®-2005/2005 NS are certified to meet NSF Standard 61 for use in potable water structures. Competitor technologies are not.
®-2005/2005 NS contain renewable resources (MCI®- 2005 in particular is a USDA Certified Biobased Product). Calcium nitrite admixtures do not.
®-2005/2005 NS do not increase shrinkage compared to a control. Calcium nitrite admixtures can have serious problems with shrinkage cracking.

MCI vs Competitor Admixtures table MCI-2005

Each of these qualities carries important implications for the builder and can affect workability, sustainability, or even long-term durability, all of which typically translate into economic savings.MCI®-2005/2005 NS admixtures come out of the comparison with obvious advantages.

Log in to the rep section of our MCI® website to access more specific competitor comparisons soon:

Keywords: corrosion, concrete, admixtures, Migrating Corrosion Inhibitors, MCI, cold joints, durability, service life, construction, ready mix, specifying engineers, rebar corrosion, concrete, admixture.

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NEWS ALERT: Fun and Fundraising for a ‘Concrete’ Cause

August 10, 2021

The Cortec® MCI® team had fun July 20th playing golf and raising money for a good cause at the ICRI (International Concrete Repair Institute) Minnesota Chapter Annual Golf Tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Course. The yearly event is a fundraiser for the ICRI scholarship that goes to a student taking courses related to concrete repair, whether it be in engineering or a related trade.

Jessi Meyer (VP of Sales) and Lisa Marston (Technical Service Engineer) made up a foursome with a readymix supplier client from AVR, while Jon Connealy (Regional Sales Manager – MCI® Central) worked at the hole sponsored by Cortec®. Jon hosted golf Skeeball and gave away small prizes for playing as well as rewarding the highest and lowest scores of the day. Cortec® also sponsored one of the evening’s prize drawings—a “Play Nine” golf card game and a pro shop gift certificate won by MN ICRI member Terry Babcock.In a day with increasing concern about repair maintenance of buildings, ICRI is truly the main go-to for information on the proper repair of concrete and masonry structures. Cortec® has been a proud supporter of this organization for over 20 years and was happy to promote education and concrete repair once again through the local ICRI chapter golf sponsorship!

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