The product was recently introduced to the market during a presentation held by Chugoku Marine Paint (CMP).  The SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM is developed based on new biocide technology and contains Selektope®”.

The “SEAFLO NEO-S PREMIUM” is proven to exercise its excellent anti-fouling performance even in very high risk fouling ocean area, thus work successfully as an anti-fouling paint for outfitting period at new shipbuilding in Korea where it faces with severe fouling environment.


CMP homepage: http://www.cmp.co.jp/en/products_en.html

Selektope® – further improving antifouling paints
The turnover for antifouling paints is estimated at USD 2 billion annually and protection against barnacles is a critical necessity in all antifouling paints. Selektope is a biodegradable, non-metal substance developed to avoid fouling by barnacles and other shell-forming animals on boats and ships – a so-called antifouling substance. It has proven effectiveness in concentrations of about 0.1 % w/w (percentage weight/weight). The antifouling effect is exerted through stimulation of the barnacle larvae’s swimming behaviour. It thereby makes the larvae unable to attach to a surface painted with Selektope. As soon as the barnacle leaves the surface the effect disappears, i.e. it is reversible. Due to the low concentration needed, Selektope does not compromise the paint’s chemical structure, colour or other cooperative biocides involved. Read more at www.i-tech.se 

About I-Tech 
I-Tech is a Swedish limited company, founded in 2000 by a group of researchers from the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.
I-Tech’s biocide Selektope (common name medetomidine) has sprung from extensive research on the development of environmentally sound marine paints through a government funded (MISTRA) multi-year research project. Several potential biocides were included in this project, but Selektope distinguished itself from the others when it was discovered to affect the behaviour of the barnacle larvae so that they would not settle on prepared surfaces. The substance was particularly interesting as the effect can be identified already at nano-molar concentrations.
Further development has refined Selektope to a potent, ecologically verified biocide for use in marine antifouling paints. The technology holds extensive patent protection for all relevant maritime nations.

Contact details
Philip Chaabane, Managing director, Philip.chaabane@i-tech.se, +46 (0) 73 910 37 08