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    [body] => Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup Boyan Slat shares what it’s like to be the mastermind behind a new, innovative way to clean the ocean of plastic. A research and development collaboration with AkzoNobel on coatings for the system will help protect it from the elements so the effort can be successful in its ambition to be the largest clean-up in history.

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The partnership represents a major contribution to the organization's landmark efforts to clear plastic from ceans. The cleaning is due to begin in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the next 12 months.

Founded in 2013, The Ocean Cleanup aims to remove half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the space of just five years. It employs U-shaped screens to channel floating plastic to a central point. The concentrated plastic can then be extracted and shipped to shore for recycling into durable products.


 
Coatings World recently had a chance to interview Oscar Wezenbeek, MD, AkzoNobel Marine Coatings

• How did AkzoNobel partner up with The Ocean Cleanup project?
Our values are very similar to those of The Ocean Cleanup and we both thrive for a more sustainable future and are driven by innovation. AkzoNobel has the history of being a pioneer of sustainability and innovation for coatings in the marine industry.  Under the International brand, AkzoNobel Marine Coatings was the first to develop self-polishing copolymers (SPC), the first to abandon Tributyltin (TBT) biocidal antifouling coatings, the first to launch biocide-free antifouling Intersleek, and the first to be awarded carbon credits in the marine industry to support the sale of sustainable technology.

We have mutual concerns regarding the health of the world’s oceans, so it is only natural that we have offered our solutions for tackling the one of the biggest challenges on the Earth.

• What is the goal of the partnership? What role does AkzoNobel play in this?
The goal of this partnership is to help turn the tide on marine pollution. The complete removal of trash from the world’s oceans has moved a step closer after AkzoNobel joined forces with The Ocean Cleanup.

Ocean pollution is a serious global issue impacting our society and our planet’s future. As a world leader in the marine coatings industry, we believe we can make a meaningful contribution to overcoming the problem by taking action and supporting the fantastic work being done by The Ocean Cleanup.
As a part of this partnership, marine coating solutions from our award-winning Intersleek product range will be provided to The Ocean Cleanup for the floating devices used to clean the oceans for the next five years. The most high profile use of our coatings will be on the specially designed floating clean-up system which will collect the ocean waste.

• Please describe the benefits of using the Intersleek line?
Shipping is by far the world’s most efficient form of transport but, because more than 85 percent of the world’s traded goods travel by sea, it still has a major environmental impact. Shipping is a big sector; the approximately 100,000 ships account for 3% of greenhouse gas emissions.

For 135 years, AkzoNobel’s marine brand International has been leading in the area of sustainability and innovation. AkzoNobel is committed to undertake tangible actions towards lowering carbon emissions of the world’s shipping fleets, reducing emissions of biocides, and removing plastic from the world’s oceans as a part of its landmark initiative called sustainable shipping.


Intersleek, part of the comprehensive International product range and launched in 1996, is the industry’s first biocide-free foul-release technology. Twenty-one years later, it now has more than 5,500 applications, has helped save over $3 billion in fuel costs and 32 million tons of CO2. This biocide-free Intersleek range is already being used to help make the shipping industry more sustainable by reducing fuel consumption, cutting emissions and lowering the costs of operation. Now the very same Intersleek range will be put into action around the world’s oceans when the cleaning of the history’s biggest clean up begins.

Intersleek 1100SR, the ground-breaking innovation which delivers outstanding macro and micro fouling control with improved static resistance, even in warm waters and is suitable for slow steaming. It allows ship owners and operators to maintain performance throughout the full docking cycle for all commercial vessels. The key benefits of this technology include independently verified fuel and emissions savings of up to nine percent. This also means that there is up to nine percent reduction in CO2 emissions.
In addition, Intersleek is biocide-free, which results in no leaching of biocides into the sea. This offers cost advantages at the next drydocking on waste treatment and disposal, plus enhanced environmental profile. Intersleek also has higher volume solids and lower required film thickness than SPC systems. Only a single full coat is required every five years through a vessels lifetime, therefore paint consumption is significantly reduced – further enhancing customer’s environmental profile.

As a result of the reduction of environmental impact, ship owners can earn valuable carbon credits On top of the substantial fuel savings, conversion to Intersleek coatings also makes the vessel to generate carbon credits
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The study – expected to be completed by the end of 2017 – is focused on creating a new facility to increase production capacity for EHEC cellulosic ethers to help meet growing global demand.

The company reported that a number of locations are being considered for the new EHEC plant, including options to expand operations at the company's existing production sites.

"Demand for Bermocoll is growing strongly due to the rising consumption of water-based paint and continued growth in the building and construction industry," explained Geert Hofman, general manager at AkzoNobel's Bermocoll business. "Building a new facility will enable us to support that market growth, giving our customers improved long-term supply security."

Commenting on the plans, Werner Fuhrmann, member of AkzoNobel's Executive Committee responsible for Specialty Chemicals, said: "Bermocoll delivers excellent performance and provides important sustainability benefits for our customers as they are based on renewable raw materials." He also added that the expansion plans highlight the company's strategy of growing with its customers.

The Bermocoll range of products has been produced for more than 50 years and is today sold in more than 80 countries. According to the company, they are water soluble and virtually odorless and deliver a number of benefits for water-based coatings, including improved viscosity, spatter and sag resistance, as well as better color stability and hiding power. Within the building and construction industry Bermocoll is also used also an ingredient in dry-mix mortars, helping to improve adhesion, flexibility, water retention and workability.

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The company said it signed an agreement with energy company Eneco, which means the company's facilities in Sassenheim, Wapenveld, Groot Ammers and Ammerzoden are now entirely using electricity generated by wind power.
 
The contract - which runs until 2020 and includes providing power to all the company's Sikkens stores - involves the supply of 66 GWh a year, equivalent to the energy consumed by a city with 33,000 inhabitants. AkzoNobel will also reduce its annual CO2 emissions by 19 kilotons.
 
"This is an important agreement which secures the supply of sustainably generated electricity for some of our less energy intensive locations," said Marcel Galjee, director of energy at AkzoNobel. "It signals the next step in further reducing our CO2 emissions and demonstrates our commitment to resource efficiency, which was highlighted by the company's recent number one ranking on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index."
 
Added Bram Poeth, managing director Eneco Business: "We are proud to be supplying green energy to all of AkzoNobel's paint facilities in the Netherlands. It builds on the agreement we already have in place to provide bio-steam at AkzoNobel in Delfzijl and creates an even stronger partnership as we work together towards a more sustainable the Netherlands."
 
The Eneco contract follows two agreements announced by AkzoNobel last year which involve purchasing wind energy (together with Google, DSM and Philips) directly from new wind farms currently under construction in the Netherlands - Krammer and Bouwdokken. The company also uses sustainably generated steam at its sites in Hengelo and Delfzijl.
 
Currently, 40 perecent of AkzoNobel's worldwide energy consumption is renewable, while 2016 saw nearly half the company's locations improve their energy use. The aim for 2050 is to use 100 percent renewable energy.
 



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Hurricane wind speeds reached 85 mph and sustained for 8-10 hours in Fort Lauderdale where the 17th Street Causeway Bridge is located, but the hurricane did not damage the TEX•COTE coatings on the bridge, said Jay A. Haines, president and CEO of Textured Coatings of America, Inc.
 
TEX•COTE is a manufacturer of highway and bridge coatings and offers a complete line of decorative and protective high-build architectural coatings for commercial, industrial, transportation and residential uses. 
 
The drawbridge was built in March of 2001 using TEX•COTE XL-70 W BRIDGE COTE and opened in 2002. The bridge was recoated in 2014 using TEX•COTE 300 BRIDGE COTE. 
 
The bridge stands 65 feet above the Intracoastal Waterway and has a protected walkway.
 



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The new issue allows AkzoNobel to take advantage of favorable market conditions and low interest rates while strengthening its liquidity position. Proceeds of the notes will be used for general corporate purposes.

The issue will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Settlement is scheduled for Nov. 10, 2017, and the notes will mature on Nov. 8, 2019.

AkzoNobel is committed to maintaining a strong investment grade rating.
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The partnership represents a major contribution to the organization's landmark efforts to clear plastic from ceans. The cleaning is due to begin in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the next 12 months.

Founded in 2013, The Ocean Cleanup aims to remove half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the space of just five years. It employs U-shaped screens to channel floating plastic to a central point. The concentrated plastic can then be extracted and shipped to shore for recycling into durable products.


 
Coatings World recently had a chance to interview Oscar Wezenbeek, MD, AkzoNobel Marine Coatings

• How did AkzoNobel partner up with The Ocean Cleanup project?
Our values are very similar to those of The Ocean Cleanup and we both thrive for a more sustainable future and are driven by innovation. AkzoNobel has the history of being a pioneer of sustainability and innovation for coatings in the marine industry.  Under the International brand, AkzoNobel Marine Coatings was the first to develop self-polishing copolymers (SPC), the first to abandon Tributyltin (TBT) biocidal antifouling coatings, the first to launch biocide-free antifouling Intersleek, and the first to be awarded carbon credits in the marine industry to support the sale of sustainable technology.

We have mutual concerns regarding the health of the world’s oceans, so it is only natural that we have offered our solutions for tackling the one of the biggest challenges on the Earth.

• What is the goal of the partnership? What role does AkzoNobel play in this?
The goal of this partnership is to help turn the tide on marine pollution. The complete removal of trash from the world’s oceans has moved a step closer after AkzoNobel joined forces with The Ocean Cleanup.

Ocean pollution is a serious global issue impacting our society and our planet’s future. As a world leader in the marine coatings industry, we believe we can make a meaningful contribution to overcoming the problem by taking action and supporting the fantastic work being done by The Ocean Cleanup.
As a part of this partnership, marine coating solutions from our award-winning Intersleek product range will be provided to The Ocean Cleanup for the floating devices used to clean the oceans for the next five years. The most high profile use of our coatings will be on the specially designed floating clean-up system which will collect the ocean waste.

• Please describe the benefits of using the Intersleek line?
Shipping is by far the world’s most efficient form of transport but, because more than 85 percent of the world’s traded goods travel by sea, it still has a major environmental impact. Shipping is a big sector; the approximately 100,000 ships account for 3% of greenhouse gas emissions.

For 135 years, AkzoNobel’s marine brand International has been leading in the area of sustainability and innovation. AkzoNobel is committed to undertake tangible actions towards lowering carbon emissions of the world’s shipping fleets, reducing emissions of biocides, and removing plastic from the world’s oceans as a part of its landmark initiative called sustainable shipping.


Intersleek, part of the comprehensive International product range and launched in 1996, is the industry’s first biocide-free foul-release technology. Twenty-one years later, it now has more than 5,500 applications, has helped save over $3 billion in fuel costs and 32 million tons of CO2. This biocide-free Intersleek range is already being used to help make the shipping industry more sustainable by reducing fuel consumption, cutting emissions and lowering the costs of operation. Now the very same Intersleek range will be put into action around the world’s oceans when the cleaning of the history’s biggest clean up begins.

Intersleek 1100SR, the ground-breaking innovation which delivers outstanding macro and micro fouling control with improved static resistance, even in warm waters and is suitable for slow steaming. It allows ship owners and operators to maintain performance throughout the full docking cycle for all commercial vessels. The key benefits of this technology include independently verified fuel and emissions savings of up to nine percent. This also means that there is up to nine percent reduction in CO2 emissions.
In addition, Intersleek is biocide-free, which results in no leaching of biocides into the sea. This offers cost advantages at the next drydocking on waste treatment and disposal, plus enhanced environmental profile. Intersleek also has higher volume solids and lower required film thickness than SPC systems. Only a single full coat is required every five years through a vessels lifetime, therefore paint consumption is significantly reduced – further enhancing customer’s environmental profile.

As a result of the reduction of environmental impact, ship owners can earn valuable carbon credits On top of the substantial fuel savings, conversion to Intersleek coatings also makes the vessel to generate carbon credits
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The study – expected to be completed by the end of 2017 – is focused on creating a new facility to increase production capacity for EHEC cellulosic ethers to help meet growing global demand.

The company reported that a number of locations are being considered for the new EHEC plant, including options to expand operations at the company's existing production sites.

"Demand for Bermocoll is growing strongly due to the rising consumption of water-based paint and continued growth in the building and construction industry," explained Geert Hofman, general manager at AkzoNobel's Bermocoll business. "Building a new facility will enable us to support that market growth, giving our customers improved long-term supply security."

Commenting on the plans, Werner Fuhrmann, member of AkzoNobel's Executive Committee responsible for Specialty Chemicals, said: "Bermocoll delivers excellent performance and provides important sustainability benefits for our customers as they are based on renewable raw materials." He also added that the expansion plans highlight the company's strategy of growing with its customers.

The Bermocoll range of products has been produced for more than 50 years and is today sold in more than 80 countries. According to the company, they are water soluble and virtually odorless and deliver a number of benefits for water-based coatings, including improved viscosity, spatter and sag resistance, as well as better color stability and hiding power. Within the building and construction industry Bermocoll is also used also an ingredient in dry-mix mortars, helping to improve adhesion, flexibility, water retention and workability.

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The company said it signed an agreement with energy company Eneco, which means the company's facilities in Sassenheim, Wapenveld, Groot Ammers and Ammerzoden are now entirely using electricity generated by wind power.
 
The contract - which runs until 2020 and includes providing power to all the company's Sikkens stores - involves the supply of 66 GWh a year, equivalent to the energy consumed by a city with 33,000 inhabitants. AkzoNobel will also reduce its annual CO2 emissions by 19 kilotons.
 
"This is an important agreement which secures the supply of sustainably generated electricity for some of our less energy intensive locations," said Marcel Galjee, director of energy at AkzoNobel. "It signals the next step in further reducing our CO2 emissions and demonstrates our commitment to resource efficiency, which was highlighted by the company's recent number one ranking on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index."
 
Added Bram Poeth, managing director Eneco Business: "We are proud to be supplying green energy to all of AkzoNobel's paint facilities in the Netherlands. It builds on the agreement we already have in place to provide bio-steam at AkzoNobel in Delfzijl and creates an even stronger partnership as we work together towards a more sustainable the Netherlands."
 
The Eneco contract follows two agreements announced by AkzoNobel last year which involve purchasing wind energy (together with Google, DSM and Philips) directly from new wind farms currently under construction in the Netherlands - Krammer and Bouwdokken. The company also uses sustainably generated steam at its sites in Hengelo and Delfzijl.
 
Currently, 40 perecent of AkzoNobel's worldwide energy consumption is renewable, while 2016 saw nearly half the company's locations improve their energy use. The aim for 2050 is to use 100 percent renewable energy.
 



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Hurricane wind speeds reached 85 mph and sustained for 8-10 hours in Fort Lauderdale where the 17th Street Causeway Bridge is located, but the hurricane did not damage the TEX•COTE coatings on the bridge, said Jay A. Haines, president and CEO of Textured Coatings of America, Inc.
 
TEX•COTE is a manufacturer of highway and bridge coatings and offers a complete line of decorative and protective high-build architectural coatings for commercial, industrial, transportation and residential uses. 
 
The drawbridge was built in March of 2001 using TEX•COTE XL-70 W BRIDGE COTE and opened in 2002. The bridge was recoated in 2014 using TEX•COTE 300 BRIDGE COTE. 
 
The bridge stands 65 feet above the Intracoastal Waterway and has a protected walkway.
 



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The new issue allows AkzoNobel to take advantage of favorable market conditions and low interest rates while strengthening its liquidity position. Proceeds of the notes will be used for general corporate purposes.

The issue will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Settlement is scheduled for Nov. 10, 2017, and the notes will mature on Nov. 8, 2019.

AkzoNobel is committed to maintaining a strong investment grade rating.
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