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Coatings Product Scoops Innovation Honor

A breakthrough antifouling developed by Akzo Nobel’s Coatings business has scooped a prestigious boating industry innovation honor.

Interlux’s Micron® 66—a new TBT-free antifouling which works through a chemical reaction with salt water—won a top National Marine Manufacturers Association Innovation Award at the recent Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Micron 66 is the first product in the yacht market which uses patented self-polishing copolymer (SPC) technology without tributytin (TBT) to provide long-lasting antifouling properties.

These properties had previously only been available in TBT-based paints, which are now banned in many countries for boats of all sizes.

The new product works by reacting with salt water in a controlled way, sustaining the release of biocides throughout the lifetime of the coating, without decline. This means that the boat will be protected from fouling build-up even when stationary for prolonged periods, which is the toughest challenge.

The chemical reaction halts when the boat is hauled out of the water, so it can be relaunched the following season without repainting as its effectiveness is maintained. Micron 66 is not recommended for use in freshwater.

Micron 66 was recognized in the Boat Care, Coatings, Chemicals, Maintenance and Tools category at the MAATS event and in accepting the award, Bob Donat, Interlux marketing manager for North America, said: “We are all proud that Micron 66 has been recognized in this fashion.

“We are very excited to be able to provide to owners of boats of any size the level of antifouling performance previously only available through TBT-based antifouling paints.”

(Released: August 4, 2003)

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