New Product Announcement: Biocide-Free Fouling Coating


Earlier this month, global coatings company AkzoNobel launched the first product from its new biocide-free, or B-Free, fouling control range from the company’s Yacht Coatings business. B-Free Explore reportedly features a specially developed silicone polymer technology, which produces an exceptionally smooth and slick hull to help reduce drag.

Fouling is controlled by preventing microorganisms such as barnacles, slime and algae from forming strong bonds with the hull of the boat. Any fouling that adheres can reportedly be wiped away by hand or water jet.

“We’ve developed high-performance technology which allows boaters to maintain a clean, smooth hull,” explained Simon Parker, Director of AkzoNobel’s Marine and Protective Coatings business. “It’s based on proven technology and exemplifies the restless spirit of innovation which has been the cornerstone of our International brand for more than 140 years.”

AkzoNobel reports that the new product is the result of a five-year development program, specifically for the leisure boat market. It can reportedly be applied to new hulls or directly to existing antifouling, without the need for the removal of the previous antifouling coating. 

“Boaters are becoming more aware of the impact they can have on the environment, but they still require technologies that deliver high-performance fouling control. B-Free Explore provides a standout solution for both of these challenges,” added Jemma Lampkin, Global Commercial Director for AkzoNobel’s Yacht Coatings business.

Because it is biocide-free, B-Free Explore is reportedly better for the marine ecosystem. It also provides a smooth surface for improved hull efficiencies, leading to a reduced carbon footprint.

“Ultimately, the innovations at the heart of B-Free Explore allow boaters to focus more on what truly matters to them – being out on the water,” continued Lampkin.

Currently being introduced in Northern Europe, B-Free Explore will be rolled out across Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark in January 2023.


Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Antifoulants; Asia Pacific; Biocides; Coating Materials; Coatings; Coatings Technology; Coatings technology; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Environmental Controls; Environmentally friendly; Green coatings; International (AkzoNobel); Latin America; Marine Coatings; North America; Ships and vessels; Z-Continents

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