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PPG Launches SIGMA ECOFLEET® 690, an Antifouling Coating for Vessels Used in Coastal Shipping

Published on 2013-02-25. Author : SpecialChem

AMSTERDAM -- PPG Industries' (NYSE:PPG) protective and marine coatings business has launched SIGMA ECOFLEET® 690 coating, designed to deliver self-polishing antifouling for extreme and aggressive fouling conditions.

Developed for the dry dock, maintenance and repair market, SIGMA ECOFLEET 690 coating has been formulated using PPG's patented binder technology, ensuring consistent performance levels and fouling control for in-service periods of up to 60 months.

Fully compliant with the IMO AFS Convention, the product is suitable for a wide range of vessel types and contains an ultra-high-volume solids content of 70 percent, thus reducing potential VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions. SIGMA ECOFLEET 690 coating has been formulated to be easy to apply, increasing productivity and reducing overall maintenance costs.

Sijmen Visser, PPG Global Marketing Manager, M and R, said, "Aggressive hull fouling is a problem for ship owners operating in coastal and short-sea trades where vessels can be inactive more than 50 percent of the time. SIGMA ECOFLEET 690 coating has been designed specifically to deliver high-quality, self-polishing antifouling for vessels with low activity and/or those operating in waters where fouling is known to be a particular problem."

The SIGMA ECOFLEET range from PPG offers reliable antifouling performance backed by an extensive track record in fouling protection. The products are designed to provide easy application and are in use in dry docks and new-building yards around the world.

About PPG

PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world's leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Sales in 2012 were $15.2 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG).

Source: PPG

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