AMSTERDAM – Dutch paints and coatings giant AkzoNobel’s Awlgrip brand is celebrating its 50th anniversary by introducing Awlcraft 3000, a top coat with improved color technology for more natural and deeper colors. It uses the same toner system as Awlgrip HDT. The system is designed for professional use and linked to AkzoNobel’s suite of digital color-matching tools.

Sharing the next-generation color platform with Awlgrip HDT offers a deeper, truer and more consistent color performance while retaining the long-lasting, high-gloss finish of its predecessor Awlcraft 2000.

Awlcraft 3000 Clear Coat comes with ready-to-use popular colors: Snow White, Flag Blue and Extreme Black. Initially conceived in 1973 as ‘Allgrip,’ the name was accidentally transcribed as ‘Awlgrip.’ That spelling stuck, and the product became a global brand.

Also new:  B-Free Explore from International is a biocide-free anti-fouling system.

AkzoNobel is responding to the increasingly stringent rules and legislation for antifoulings. B-Free Explore is based on a specially developed silicone polymer technology and forms a smooth surface on the hull on which microorganisms, such as barnacles and algae, do not find a foothold.

B-Free Explore is a premium, biocide-free, foul-release technology for use on underwater hulls, providing a semi-gloss finish with low VOC providing multi-season performance. It can be applied to aluminum, polyester, steel and wooden hulls or on existing antifouling, provided this layer is still good. The system consists of a two-component primer/sealer for painting over existing antifouling in good condition, a two-component primer and a top coat. B-Free Explore is available in red, navy blue, black and a brilliant white color.