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PAINT & POWDER AkzoNobel’s slime-busting coating wins prestigious innovation award A biocide-free anti-slime coating developed by AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business, which helps to save fuel and cut emissions, has been named overall winner of the prestigious ICIS Innovation Awards for 2015. Pioneering R&D at AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business has been recognised by winning an ICIS ‘Best Product’ innovation award. ‘Intersleek 1100SR’, part of the company’s International® range, is the first foul release coating to work against slime. By cutting down on drag, it offers ship operators major fuel savings, resulting in lower emissions. It also enables owners who switch from a biocidal antifouling to earn carbon credits. The pioneering technology not only won the ‘Best Product’ Innovation category, but was also judged the clear overall winner by a panel of seven industry innovation experts. They said AkzoNobel had shown innovation in three key areas: in the design and use of a novel, rapid, high-throughput screening process; in the chemistry of the fluoropolymer-based coating itself, and in the way it has allowed ship operators to qualify for carbon credits. Marine Coatings business. “Intersleek 1100SR is a transforming technology for the marine industry, tackling the age-old problem of slime and offering substantial reductions in fuel consumption and carbon emissions.” ICIS is a leading provider of information services to the chemical and energy industries. The ICIS Innovation Awards recognize outstanding technological and business innovation in the chemical industry. Commenting on this year’s competition, John Baker, ICIS editor and awards organizer, said: “This year’s awards attracted a record entry and led to a very robust discussion as the judges debated the merits of the leading entries. As in previous years, the innovations before the judges showcased a wide range of excellent products and processes, with the potential to make important an impact in their respective markets and reduce environmental impacts.” “This award is fantastic recognition of the pioneering work carried out by our scientists to develop sustainable innovations with real benefits for our customers,” said David Williams, Research Director for AkzoNobel’s www.akzonobel.com “It’s crucial that the upscale glass and metal curtain wall systems on modern constructions are technologically sufficient to meet contemporary standards of durability,” explained Ben Mitchell, Extrusion Marketing Manager at AkzoNobel. The company’s white paper also highlighted a combined solution of applying liquid and powder coatings to new construction. This offers more flexibility for building design in terms of color choice and performance preference. Added Jean-Paul Moonen, AkzoNobel’s Global Architecture Powder Coating Marketing Manager: “There has been a shift in the building industry towards solvent-free powder coatings, driven by concern about products with VOCs. Powder coatings bring a great deal of efficiency, with waste reduced to below one percent during application.” www.akzonobel.com Sustainable coatings for tall buildings Skyscraper cities were the focus of a major international forum held recently in New York, when AkzoNobel showcased its latest performance coatings technologies for the construction industry. During the annual Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBH), the company also presented a white paper - Skyscraper Cities: Built to Last - which emphasized how the right coatings technology can provide modern buildings with extreme levels of durability and sustainability. Hundreds of companies from around the world attended the event to discuss topics around the design, construction and operation of tall buildings and cities of the future. 42 “Certifying and specifying the correct coating solution for each skyscraper’s individual situation will help optimize the service life of the entire structure. Understanding coating performance and testing procedure on tall building finishes also helps to address environmental concerns.” December 2015 Developing more sustainable solutions for urban areas is also a key element of AkzoNobel’s Human Cities initiative, which is focused on helping cities to meet the growing demands of rapid urbanisation. follow us on twitter @surfaceworldmag