Dedicating more than 60 years to the paints and coatings sector is not a job it is a passion. Jaime Cordero Basave is an example of this.
by Duván Chaverra Agudelo
There is nothing more pleasant than knowing a little of those people who have dedicated their whole lives to work, because they are full of experiences and knowledge, because they have lived great moments and others not so good, and from all that they have strengthened to get to where they are today.
That is the case of Chemical Engineer Jaime Cordero Basave, a Mexican who has worked for more than 60 years in the industry, who throughout his professional career has always emphasized the importance of new technologies in the field of coatings, working together with suppliers and technicians.
All this journey makes him more than worthy of a small recognition by INPRA LATINA, as the Professional of the month representing Mexico... his land, and the one that has witnessed all his achievements.
A brief review of life
Life gave our guest the opportunity to carry out his professional work in Mexico and to meet his life partner, and he also had the possibility of living some years in Colombia, due to his work commitments.
"I was born in Mexico City in 1931 where I did all my studies until I graduated as a chemical engineer at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Shortly before finishing my degree, I had the opportunity to start working part-time at the Sherwin Williams company in 1952, reaching the position of production superintendent in about five years. Due to a combination of favorable circumstances, I was led to occupy the position of General Superintendent in the same company but in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. In those frequent changes I got a girlfriend in Mexico, with whom I married, and I lived the honeymoon in Cartagena, we went to live 3 years in those beautiful places. "
After that experience, Jaime Cordero always had the idea of returning to Mexico, something that happened when he received the invitation to be part of Amercoat Méxicana, a company with Technology from Ameron at that time based in California. Currently that company became the property of PPG where he still serves as a consultant, after 64 years in the paint industry.
Our professional feels that life also gave him a nice opportunity to have a family and practice some hobbies: "I have been very fortunate to combine all these years of professional activity with a prolific family life with four children and fourteen grandchildren and an intense sports activity, starting of course with football, a hurt knee, and then tennis and golf on a descending scale, but that have helped me to maintain an active life physically and mentally."
From his times of youth and childhood he also preserves memorable events: "I keep very beautiful memories of my childhood in several schools where I passed, from government schools, both day and night, to reach private schools when the economy of my paternal house allowed it; and always in a family environment where I did not distinguish the advantages of one and another economic situation of my house, "explained the guest.
In addition to the profession he has had throughout his life, Jaime Cordero also had the opportunity to enjoy other passions, especially artistic, for which he also wanted to stand out. "I think that only for reasons of circumstances life was inclining me towards the technological profession that I finally took, but deep down I am convinced that I am a frustrated semi-intellectual, because even by family tradition, I have a lot of taste for classical music, history and poetry, but the one before; all that only remained in small trials and the rest became my vocation for research in my field of coatings, polymers, resins and other mundane substances. "
Jaime has had the experience of studying the vast majority of the areas that make up the paints and coatings industry, something that further expands his range of capacity. "I went through the primitive drying oils, alkydalic resins, acrylics and polyesters, to go to more sophisticated things such as the development of continuous processes of furanic resins, epoxy; and currently venturing into polysiloxanes where the possibilities are almost endless, and hybrid and pure coatings seem almost eternal."
On the other hand, going into aspects of analysis, our Professional of the Month shares his perception of the current state of our sector: "We have undoubtedly reached the possibility of protecting industrial facilities for the time that their own technological obsolescence needs. However, there is the field of application of these coatings, as for example in large structures such as bridges, drilling platforms, boats and buildings, but in most cases, the available budget does not give the paint the value it really has, and it is preferred to schedule a repainting to 5 or 10 years instead of a definitive initial work, and therefore more economical, that is, in Mexico, as in the rest of Latin America, the quality market continues to prevail at the sufficient limit and low and very competitive price for paints and coatings".
To close, our guest is still very interested in being able to contribute even more to our industry, because he feels that there is still much to do: "I consider myself privileged and very grateful for the professional path I have chosen, or rather for which life has taken me, and I hope to be able to follow it at least for the next five years, for there are still channels to be filled. Today I can say, like my countryman Amado Nervo: "Life I owe you nothing,.. Life we are at Peace."