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PPG and Avery Dennison commercialise foil solution

Avery Dennison and PPG have announced they have signed an agreement to further commercialise the companies’ self-adhesive fouling release foil for use on ship hulls.

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The biocide-free fouling release foil has been developed for the commercial yachting sector

The foil was developed as part of the partially EU-funded eSHaRk project, which brings together leading marine experts and engineers to create an innovative new fouling protection system.

The two firms initiated the project to develop an advanced solution for the market that would also offer an eco-friendly option to paint-based solutions, whilst also benefiting from lower speed loss, reduced greenhouse gases, self-cleaning properties and extended durability.

Jan Willem Tegelaar, PPG general manager of protective and marine coatings, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, comments: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with Avery Dennison to promote the foil as a coating solution for the leisure sector alongside its commercial vessel application.

The project partners have already demonstrated the benefits this revolutionary coating solution can offer

“The project partners have already demonstrated the benefits this revolutionary coating solution can offer, and this agreement will bring those benefits to new segments.”

Avery Dennison will market the product under the Mactac name, called MacGlide. PPG will market it as PPG SIGMAGLIDE FOIL to the commercial marine sector, targeting smaller vessels that suit the foil’s manual application.

“By combining our expertise in foil technology with PPG’s excellence in marine coatings, we are providing our leisure sector customers with a completely new approach to hull protection,” says Fred Noël, vice president, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Europe. “This is a unique opportunity to combine improved fuel consumption with a cleaner hull and higher environmental protection.”

Since August 2016, the European business of Mactac has been a part of Avery Dennison. PPG develops paints, coatings and materials for customers in over 70 countries.

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