Selektope, the antifouling technology developed by Swedish biotechnology company I-Tech, will be a major component in hull coating manufacturer Chugoku Marine Paints’ (CMP) new domestic marine coating range as well as in a new product for the Japanese leisure boat market.
I-Tech’s long-term partner, CMP, has integrated Selektope into two new antifouling paint products designed for coastal vessels and in one new antifouling paint product developed specifically for the leisure boat market in order to meet the growing hard fouling prevention needs for vessels sailing and docking in biofouling hotspots off the coast of Japan.
Philip Chaabane, CEO of I-Tech, said: “The expansion shows clear commitment from CMP as well as an extraordinary level of technical advancement in bringing out the best of our technology. CMP has a leading position in their home market, Japan, and with this introduction of two new products they have no less than six Selektope based products for the domestic coastal vessel market. This is a sign that our recent regulatory investments in Japan has been important to support product expansion.”
Chugoku announced a review of its complete offering within the Sea Premier range earlier this year, including its new products Sea Premier 3000 PLUS 1 and 2000 PLUS. These include new chemistry and add to existing offerings containing Selektope, such as the Sea Premier 200Plus, 1000Plus, 1000Plus H and 3000 Plus 2.
An antifouling for coastal vessels differs from the oceangoing/intercontinental trading vessels in the sense that they have shorter docking intervals, are exposed to higher fouling pressures and are smaller in general. The introduction of new products will start to generate sales step by step as they get recognised and will gradually contribute to I-Tech sales figures over the years to come.
CMP and I-Tech has shared a commercial relation since 2015 when the first Selektope-containing anti fouling coating was launched. Ongoing deliveries of Selektope to CMP is made based on the SEK 57m order that CMP placed in August 2019.