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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Fostering research to develop sustainable antifoulants, the UK has awarded £500,000 ($837,400 USD) to a consortium of businesses and universities.

The group secured the award from the UK's Technology Strategy Board to co-fund a two-year project to develop sustainable, high-performance, marine coatings.

AkzoNobel will oversee the project, which partners the company's International Paint business with the University of Liverpool, Revolymer plc and Newcastle University.

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AkzoNobel, the University of Liverpool, Revolymer plc and Newcastle University are partnering to develop sustainable antifouling coatings.

Established by the government, the Technology Strategy Board is UK's innovation agency. Its role is to work with businesses and other partners to stimulate innovation in order to accelerate economic growth.

The funding is part of the board's "Materials Innovation for a Sustainable Economy" competition, which encouraged the development and application of sustainable materials, products and processes through collaborative research.

Collective Expertise

"This project provides us with the opportunity to use our collective expertise to help us develop innovative and sustainable fouling control technology delivering reduced fuel costs and emissions over even longer service periods," said David Williams, RD&I director of AkzoNobel's Marine & Protective Coatings business.

Each partner will contribute a different area of expertise:

  • AkzoNobel and International Paint supply coatings to the marine industry;
  • The University of Liverpool offers advanced surface fabrication/functionalization facilities and surface characterization and imaging facilities;
  • Revolymer, based in Flintshire, UK, designs, develops and formulates polymers to improve the performance of existing technologies; and
  • Newcastle University's School of Marine Science and Technology provides knowledge in the field of marine fouling, including specialist assay testing facilities.

"I am pleased that this project to develop new and improved fouling control coatings that use Revolymer's polymer technology was chosen by the Technology Strategy Board to receive grant funding," said Rob Cridland, acting chief executive of Revolymer.

"With demand for sustainable marine coatings expected to increase, this project represents an exciting new opportunity for Revolymer."


Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Funding; International Paint; Marine; Marine Coatings; Polymers; Research

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