Joint development agreement signed between I-Tech and IFF

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I-Tech, developer of the barnacle-repelling active antifouling ingredient, Selektope®, has entered into a collaboration agreement with IFF, a leader in bioscience and microbial control solutions, with the purpose of identifying potential benefits of combining their technologies.

The two entities seek to explore technical opportunities by combining their respective technologies, which together can offer high performance, sustainable and regulatory compliant solutions against the wide spectrum of marine fouling species.

Selektope® offers a novel approach to repel hard fouling organisms efficiently from a submerged surface, while IFF’s SEA-NINE™ platform offers efficient protection against soft fouling and long-lasting performance during the service life thanks to their new encapsulation technology.

Both technologies belong to a rare set of active agents that are approved by regulatory bodies in leading nations for ship repair and new ship building.

Dr Markus Hoffmann, Technical Director of I-Tech AB said, “The market demand for premium sustainable antifouling paints, that are both well-suited to specific ship trading patterns and varying activity levels, in addition to protecting against both soft and hard fouling, is increasing. This collaboration is exploring innovative solutions to meet the future demands of fouling protection.”

David Laganella, R&D Director of IFF Microbial Control said, “We believe that the benefits of our combined technologies, technical expertise and R&D capabilities can go beyond performance improvements and incremental changes in formulation compositions. The results to come could open new ways for the industry to approach copper free formulations, for safer, more cost effective and more sustainable solutions for both humans and the environment.”

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