First there was Intersleek 425 in 1996, and Intersleek 700 in 1999 – breakthrough silicone foul release coatings that reduced maintenance costs for ship owners, and cut fuel consumption as well. Then in 2007, with Intersleek 900, AkzoNobel introduced its first fluoropolymer coating. With Intersleek 700 and Intersleek 900, AkzoNobel offered two choices that kept ship hulls free of “macro-fouling” such as barnacles and weed. But ship owners and operators were looking for something more – a coating that would reduce or eliminate biofilms – generally referred to as slime – that form on the hulls of ships, increasing drag and therefore increasing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
And so now there is Intersleek 1100SR, designed to meet that challenge head on. A dedicated team of experts from many different fields, including manufacturing, sales, business and commercial, was put together to develop the product. Intensive research to understand slime growth and the development of appropriate screening tests reduced the development time from the conventional 10 years to less than four years. Laboratory testing was carried out both at AkzoNobel and with independent academics. Contrary to earlier generations of foul release coatings, Intersleek1100SR also works for ships that move at considerably lower speeds.
Intersleek 1100SR is now AkzoNobel Marine & Protective Coatings' fastest growing foul release product.Intersleek 1100SR website