Selektope®-powered antifouling coating receives Nikkei Business Daily Awards for Excellence award

Selektope®-powered antifouling coating receives Nikkei Business Daily Awards for Excellence award

I-Tech AB’s (publ) (ticker: ITECH) largest customer, Chugoku Marine Paints, Ltd, has received prestigiousrecognition from the Nikkei Business Daily Awards for Excellence for their SEA PREMIER 3000 PLUS antifouling coating which is based on I-Tech’s revolutionary, barnacle-repelling active agent Selektope®.

SEA PREMIER 3000 PLUS was recognised by the Nikkei Business Daily Awards for Excellence, in the Superior Products and Services Award category.

The Nikkei is the largest financial newspaper in Japan. Now in their 38th year, the Nikkei Business Daily Awards for Excellence independently applauds high-performing products and services, with award recipients announced in the newspaper in early January each year.

Introduced to the market by Chugoku Marine Paints (CMP) in April 2019, SEA PREMIER 3000 PLUS is the eighth antifouling product commercialised by the Japanese paint manufacturer to contain Selektope®. The advanced silyl polymer hydrolysis type antifouling coating was specifically engineered to meet intensifying fouling challenges facing coastal vessels in Japanese waters due to rising seawater temperatures. The coating product is particularly suitable for vessels operating with a low activity rate or at low speed. SEA PREMIER 3000 PLUS can also be used in niche areas such as sea chests and interior-grating-bow thruster tunnels.

I-Tech AB’s advanced antifouling active agent Selektope® plays an integral role in the coating’s hard fouling prevention, allowing SEA PREMIER 3000 PLUS to deliver superior static performance against hard fouling in addition to maintaining hull smoothness. Selektope® is an organic, non-metal active agent that works to prevent barnacle fouling by temporarily activating the swimming behaviour of barnacle cyprid larvae, repelling them from the hull surface. This unique antifouling active agent is characterised by its precision and efficiency at extremely low concentrations, and its non-fatal effect on the target organism.

Philip Chaabane, CEO I-Tech AB, commented: “Selektope® is an integral component in SEA PREMIER 3000 PLUS, an outstanding product that combines Japanese and Swedish innovation to deliver superior antifouling power for ship hulls and niche areas. We proudly welcome the recognition from the Nikkei Business Daily Awards for Excellence, an award that reflects CMP’s successful engineering work in integrating and taking strong advantage of our technology to achieve superior fouling prevention results.”

“Approaches to improve the performance and efficiency of vessels in the light of increasing environmental challenges come in many forms but preventing barnacle fouling in an intelligent way is something the industry needs to embrace.”

New Import Agreement Strengthens Selektope® Supply to Japan

The inventor of the unique antifouling ingredient Selektope®, I-Tech AB, has responded to strong market demand in Japan by enhancing its local supply chain arrangements, after signing an agreement with well-known chemicals trading company NAGASE & CO., LTD.

To date, hundreds of Japanese vessels have been coated with antifoulings containing Selektope®, but demand continues to grow strongly. Under the new agreement, I-Tech will continue to manage sales of Selektope® in Japan while NAGASE & CO., LTD will exclusively handle imports.

“Establishing this business relationship reflects the need to address increasing demand for our product in Japan and we are honored to be working with such a highly reputed company in NAGASE CO LTD,” says Philip Chaabane, CEO I-Tech AB.

The organic, non-metal compound Selektope® is the only ingredient of its kind used in a marine antifouling application. It is characterized by high efficacy at extremely low concentrations (approx.0.1% w/w), ultra-low leaching and flexibility and can boost the performance of copper-based paint formulations or replace copper completely. Due to the low concentration required, Selektope® does not compromise the chemical structure, color or other cooperative biocides of a marine coating.

NAGASE & CO., LTD. is a chemicals trading firm, founded in Kyoto, Japan in 1832. I-Tech AB is a Gothenburg-based biotech company that has developed and marketed the unique antifouling ingredient Selektope

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Stena RoRo selects Selektope® for extensive newbuild program

Stena RoRo selects Selektope® for extensive newbuild program

Stena has signed a contract to coat the hulls of four newbuild RoPax ferries with paint that incorporates the bio-repellent antifouling ingredient Selektope®

The agreement confirms yet more full vessel applications for Selektope® whose pharmacological mode of action combats barnacle settlement on ships’ hulls by temporarily stimulating the barnacle larvae’s swimming behavior. To date, marine coating products containing Selektope® have been applied to over 150 vessels including; tankers, containerships and LNG carriers, in a series of newbuilding and over-coating projects.

The organic, non-metal compound is the only one of its kind in marine antifouling application. It is characterized by high efficacy at extremely low concentrations (0.1% w/w), ultra-low leaching and flexibility to boost copper-based paint formulations or to replace copper completely.

Tests have shown that anti-fouling paints containing Selektope® offer superior hard fouling protection, resulting in lower water resistance and decreased fuel consumption, in addition to lower maintenance costs. Selektope® repels barnacles even when ships are idle, allowing fuel saving claims made by coatings suppliers to cover the ship’s entire operational cycle.

“We are honored that a pioneer of sustainability in commercial shipping such as Stena RoRo has chosen a Selektope®-containing hull coating product for its newbuild program. Their investment in a premium antifouling product that contains Selektope® will deliver strong antifouling performance with the additional benefit that their high-activity vessels will have the best protection from barnacle invasion.” says Philip Chaabane, CEO I-Tech AB.

The delivery of the newbuild Stena RoPax ferries is scheduled for 2019/2020. They will be built at the AVIC yard in Weihai, China.

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