Selektope voted for European Union approval

The antifouling biocide Selektope® has been endorsed by the EU Standing Committee on Biocidal Products and will be approved EU wide from the 1st of January 2016.

On the 8th July, the European Union Standing Committee on Biocidal Products gave a positive vote for Selektope to be approved under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation as an antifouling substance for use in both professional and non-professional antifouling products.

“We are very pleased to receive the final confirmation that Selektope complies with the demanding EU legislation for biocides. It has been a long process so we are very eager to take the next step towards having Selektope-containing antifouling products on the European market” says Dr Cecilia Ohlauson, Regulatory Affairs Manager for I-Tech.

Selektope has already received regulatory approval in Japan, Korea and China and is currently under evaluation in the USA.

“The vote for approval under one of the world’s most rigorous environmental standards is a huge achievement and sets an important milestone for our company”, says I-Tech CEO, Mr Philip Chaabane. “We are particularly proud that we can now serve our customers in all key markets of the commercial shipping community as well as the important yachting market in the EU”.

Through the approval, Selektope confirms its high efficacy and positive environmental aspects for a wide range of use within the marine sector.

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I-Tech appoints COO – Dr. Oliver Weigenand

Oliver Weigenand has assumed the newly installed position as Chief Operations Officer (COO) at I-Tech.

ITech strengthens its commercial and industrial capabilities by appointing Oliver Weigenand as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Oliver has formerly been holding various international executive positions within LANXESS Corporation. In the newly installed position Oliver will hold responsibility for sales and delivery and will in this position also lead the development of I-Techs industrial capabilities.

Through this important reinforcement I-Tech is ready to accelerate global growth of its all new marine active agent (biocide), Selektope®.

“I am very pleased that Oliver has assumed the position as COO with I-Tech. With Oliver’s passion for driving growth, his international experience from high demanding positions and deep insights in the chemical and biocidal industry, we have the best possible line up to make a difference to the market,” says Philip Chaabane, CEO at I-Tech AB.

Oliver has an impressive track record from his 8 years at LANXESS Corporation and has successfully held positions as Global Product Manager (including marine biocides) and has also served as a CEO of an SME within the LANXESS Corp. Oliver recently served as Vice President North and Central America at LANXESS and now moves back to Europe. Oliver assumes his role as COO at I-Tech in Gothenburg on June 15th.

“I am absolutely convinced, that Selektope technology is a unique opportunity to establish a new generation marine antifouling product,” says Oliver Weigenand. “I am thrilled to boost global market approach and to help strengthen I-Tech’s industrial footprint. There are a lot of great potentials in front of the I-Tech team, together we will continue to build a strong platform, to ensure sustainable long term growth of Selektope.”

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CMP selects Selektope in new antifouling product SeaFlo Neo-s Premium

The product was recently introduced to the market during a presentation held by Chugoku Marine Paint (CMP). The SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM is developed based on new biocide technology and contains“Selektope®”.

The “SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM” is proven to exercise its excellent anti-fouling performance even in very high risk fouling ocean area, thus work successfully as an anti-fouling paint for outfitting period at new shipbuilding in Korea where it faces with severe fouling environment.
Read flyer: SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM

CMP homepage: http://www.cmp.co.jp/en/products_en.html

I-Tech nominated for innovation prize

I-Tech was one of four nominated innovations to the Swedish Maritime Days Innovation prize. The nominees came from both small and large companies and from universities and government agencies.

Common ground for the innovations is that they involve several parts of the maritime cluster in one way or another, and can contribute to major social benefits when they are realized. Susanne Lindegarth, researcher and jury member from the University of Gothenburg about I-Tech’s innovation:

“The innovation originated in the Swedish marine research which is great fun. Through an innovation that uses a substance, Selektope that does not kill organisms, but instead prevents them from attaching to the boathull the company has shown that it is possible to create effective antifouling paints without adding general toxic substances “.

Shipping today have major problems caused by fouling on the hull which means that it takes much more energy to propel the ship forward. Traditionally, this has been solved by antifouling paints that contain poison that kills the organisms that would attach themselves to the hull. I-Tech has created a non-toxic anti-fouling paint that prevents barnacles (which is one of the biggest problems with fouling) from attaching themselves to the ships hull. The product is good for the environment and represents considerable savings in fuel consumption for the larger vessels.

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Selektope® approved in china

I-Tech has been notified that Selektope, a marine biocide used to improve ship hull performance and reduce maintenance, has been approved for use in China

New chemical notification
Selektope has been approved for use as an antifouling biocide by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People Republic of China.
“We are pleased to recognize the Chinese authorities’ approval of our antifouling technology following a rigorous environmental risk assessment. This marks a very important milestone in our efforts to provide the global marine sector with our unique technology”, says Philip Chaabane, Managing Director of I-Tech. “We are confident that our enthusiasm is shared also by our customers and partners in the shipping industry as this is proof that Selektope® can now be used for sea going vessels as well as other marine structures on the world’s largest single maritime market.”

Selektope had previously been approved in Japan and Korea and is under registration in EU.

Selektope® – further improving antifouling paints
The turnover for antifouling paints is estimated at USD 2 billion annually and protection against barnacles is a critical necessity in all antifouling paints. Selektope is a biodegradable, non-metal substance developed to avoid fouling by barnacles and other shell-forming animals on boats and ships – a so-called antifouling substance. It has proven effectiveness in concentrations of about 0.1 % w/w (percentage weight/weight). The antifouling effect is exerted through stimulation of the barnacle larvae’s swimming behaviour. It thereby makes the larvae unable to attach to a surface painted with Selektope. As soon as the barnacle leaves the surface the effect disappears, i.e. it is reversible. Due to the low concentration needed, Selektope does not compromise the paint’s chemical structure, colour or other cooperative biocides involved. Read more at www.i-tech.se

Selektope® approved in china

I-Tech has been notified that Selektope, a marine biocide used to improve ship hull performance and reduce maintenance, has been approved for use in China

New chemical notification Selektope has been approved for use as an antifouling biocide by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People Republic of China.

“We are pleased to recognize the Chinese authorities’ approval of our antifouling technology following a rigorous environmental risk assessment. This marks a very important milestone in our efforts to provide the global marine sector with our unique technology”, says Philip Chaabane, CEO of I-Tech.

“We are confident that our enthusiasm is shared also by our customers and partners in the shipping industry as this is proof that Selektope® can now be used for sea going vessels as well as other marine structures on the world’s largest single maritime market.”

Selektope had previously been approved in Japan and Korea and is under registration in EU.

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I-Tech signs supply agreement with Chugoku Marine Paints, Ltd.

I-Tech has entered into a non-exclusive supply agreement with Chugoku Marine Paints Ltd (CMP) for use of I-Tech’s proprietary product, Selektope®, in commercial antifouling paints.

Selektope® is to be used as the principle biocide in new products to be brought to the market by CMP. We are delighted that CMP has selected our product and identified its potential to bring enhanced value to their customers. CMPs decision marks not only an important milestone for I-Tech but also sets the starting point for antifoulings containing a new selective biocide with a repellant mode of action and with minimal environmental footprint.

Paints containing Selektope® will be of particular value to customers in the marine industry. High levels of biofouling on a ship’s hull significantly increases drag, reduces the overall performance of the vessel and increases the fuel consumption significantly. Due to the low concentration needed, Selektope® does not compromise the paint’s chemical structure, color or other cooperative biocides involved.

“We look forward to intensifying our work with CMP in the development and commercialization of antifouling paints containing Selektope®. CMP is one of the largest marine paint suppliers in the world and to be a part of their supplier base is a great opportunity for us”, says CEO Philip Chaabane.

CMP has a broad portfolio of technologies and relies on an impressive track record of successful marine paint products. Through focused work on technical innovation, quality and environmental care, high-performance products are continuously developed and brought to the market enhancing customer satisfaction.

“We are pleased to start commercializing on our dedicated efforts in developing formulations using Selektope® as principal biocide. It is well aligned with our core values and we look forward to be able to introduce this technology to our customers”, says CMP’s Managing Director Masashi Ono.

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I-Tech’s Selektope recommended for EU approval by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

I-Tech, the originator of Selektope®, a marine biocide used to improve ship hull performance and reduce maintenance, has been notified that Selektope has passed the EU evaluation criteria for marine biocides and therefore can be recommended for approval in the EU.

Final EU approval is estimated to be received by end of 2014. The recommendation from the UK HSE means that all necessary investigations and tests are completed, approved and evaluated to ensure that Selektope does not pose a risk to humans or the environment when used as an antifouling biocide. All other EU member states have now received access to the Selektope dossier and will be given the opportunity to raise questions or concerns during a 2-month period. Final EU approval is estimated to arrive by the end of 2014. Selektope has already received regulatory approval in Japan, Korea and is under registration in China.

“The confirmation that Selektope complies with the demanding EU Biocidal Products Regulation for its use is very encouraging to us as the EU requirements are utmost stringent and serve as references for regulators and industry in most parts of the world. We are confident that our enthusiasm is shared also by our customers and partners in the shipping industry as this is proof that Selektope is a safe and well-evaluated product”, says Philip Chaabane, CEO of I-Tech.

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