Fouling release foil goes to market

eSHaRk Avery Dennison will market a self-adhesive fouling release foil for ship hulls to the leisure sector under the brand name Mactac MacGlide. Credit: eSHaRk

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions will market a self-adhesive fouling release foil for ship hulls to the leisure sector as part of a deal with PPG.

The companies have signed an agreement to further commercialise their companies’ patented self-adhesive fouling release foil for ship hulls. The foil was developed as part of the EU-funded eSHaRk project, a consortium of marine experts and engineers including Avery Dennison and PPG. Avery Dennison will market the foil solution to the leisure sector under the brand name Mactac MacGlide.

“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,” said Fred Noël, vice president of Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Europe. “This is a unique opportunity to combine improved fuel consumption with a cleaner hull and higher environmental protection.”

Maintaining standards

PPG will market the product as PPG SIGMAGLIDE Foil to the commercial marine sector, focusing primarily on smaller vessels that suit the foil’s manual application.

The aim of the eSHaRk project was to create a new fouling protection system, while maintaining current fouling protection standards and offering a superior option to existing paint-based solutions - in terms of eco-friendliness, ease of application and drag reduction.

Other benefits of the foil include lower speed loss, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, self-cleaning properties and extended durability. A low environmental impact allows the foil to be applied to vessels operating in the most ecologically delicate environments.

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