Selektope – an antifouling technology developed by Swedish biotechnology company I-Tech – will serve as a major component in Chugoku Marine Paints’ new domestic marine coating range as well as in a new product for the Japanese leisure boat market
I-Tech and CMP are long-term partners and the latter has now 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 segment to meet the growing hard fouling prevention needs for vessels sailing and docking in biofouling hotspots off the coast of Japan.
Earlier this year, CMP announced a review of their complete offering within the Sea Premier range including 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 Premier200 Plus, 1000 Plus, 1000 Plus H and 3000 Plus 2. Antifouling needs for coastal vessels differs from oceangoing trading vessels as the smaller coastal vessels have shorter docking intervals and are exposed to higher fouling pressures.
CMP has also released the Selektope containing 033 Seajet Premium coating, for leisure vessels which will be a key offering to their customers starting this season. I-Tech chief executive Philip Chaabane 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 six Selekotope-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.”
CMP and I-Tech have shared a commercial relationship since 2015 when the first Selektope-containing antifouling coating was launched. Ongoing deliveries of Selektope to CMP is made based on the Skr57M (US$6.7M) order that CMP placed in August 2019.
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