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Advances in Anti Fouling Coatings

Advances in Anti Fouling Coatings

Antifouling coatings are specialized coatings applied on surfaces to protect them from the adherence and accumulation of biological, organic, and inorganic materials. The use of these coatings helps prevent the onset of damage by corrosion, improves the dynamic performance of structures, and reduces the need for constant maintenance and replacement. New ship building activities, deployment of new infrastructure development projects, and rising demand for environmentally-friendly coatings are expected to fuel advancements in the antifouling coatings industry.

While government funded research efforts and growing awareness on the benefits of antifouling coatings propel market opportunities, restrictions on the use of biocides in coatings and un-met end-user requirements for flexible coating systems that can be applied on multiple surfaces hinder widespread adoption. Development of natural product antifoulants (NPAs) and biomimetic coatings are expected to be key future developments that help overcome challenges faced by the technology. This research service focuses on the technology capability of various antifouling coating materials, assesses the global innovation ecosystem for coating development, and captures the major development trends expected in future.

Key questions answered in this research study include:
• What are the currently available and emerging antifouling coating materials?
• What are the end-use requirements for antifouling coatings?
• What are the different entities involved in the technology value chain for coatings development?
• What are the different applications across which different antifouling coatings can be used?
• What are some of the key developments?
• What are the hotspot regions for technology development and adoption?
• What are the future growth opportunities?
• What strategies should companies focus on to serve as technology leaders?


  • Executive Summary
    • Research Scope
    • Research Process & Methodology
    • Key Findings: Collaborative Research Efforts and Continuous R&D Activities Are Required to Meet End-user Demands
  • Technology Landscape
    • Antifouling Coatings Provide Fuel-saving and Low Maintenance Properties, and Prevent the On-set of Corrosion
    • Application Landscape Covers Diverse Range of Industries in Both Aquatic and Land Environments
    • Common Antifouling Compound Materials are Classified According to the Chemistry by Which the Antifouling Action is Initiated
    • Fouling Release Coatings Demonstrate Self-cleaning Abilities but Are Affected by the Presence of Chemicals
    • Copper-based Coatings Find High Adoption, While Peptide-based Coatings Could Potentially be Used on a Range of Surfaces
    • Self-polishing Co-polymer Coatings Provide Immediate Protection but Could Release Substantial Amount of Biocides
    • Application Mapping of Coatings Illustrates Large Number of Compound Materials Developed by the Marine Sector
    • Antifouling Coatings Can Also be Classified by Formulation Composition
    • New Antifouling Coating Compositions Help Reduce the Usage of Emissions-releasing Solvents
    • High Growth in the Ship-building Market Drives Adoption, While Restrictions on the Use of Biocides Poses Challenges
  • Stakeholder Analysis and Needs Assessment
    • Highly Integrated Technology Value Chain with Contribution from Suppliers, Research Centers, and Industry Stakeholders
    • Suppliers Provide Materials and Services to the Value Chain, While R&D Centers Determine the Coating Production Process to Use
    • Industry Stakeholders Scale-up Production of Antifouling Coatings and Assist in Technology Commercialization
    • End-user Requirements from Antifouling Coatings Focus on Longterm Protection and Low Production of Toxic Compounds
    • Gap Analysis Demonstrates High Demand for Flexible Coating Systems with Non-toxic Properties
  • Technology Development and Adoption
    • Oil & Gas Industry Propels Technology Adoption in North America
    • Patent Activity in North America Illustrates Low Patents Granted on Fluoropolymer and Silyl Acrylate Coatings
    • Key Stakeholder Activities in North America Focus on the Development of Highly Resilient Coatings
    • R&D Scenario in North America Focuses on the Development of Environmentally-friendly Coatings
    • Development of Industrial Establishments and Alternative Energy Projects Drives Adoption in Europe
    • Patent Activity in Europe is Dominated by Innovations in Nanosilver Antifouling Coatings
    • Key Stakeholder Activities in Europe Include Coatings that Help Preserve the Marine Ecosystem
    • R&D Scenario in Europe Includes Aqueous and Zero-emissions Coatings
    • Asia-Pacific Dominates the Market Owing to its Stronghold in the Ship Building Industry and Low Regulatory Hurdles to Overcome
    • Patent Activity in Asia-pacific Significantly Governed by Innovations in Copper-based Coatings
    • Key Stakeholder Activities in Asia-pacific Cover Low-cost Coatings that Help Reduce Need for Constant Reapplication
    • R&D Scenario in Asia-pacific Covers Developments on Biodegradable and Eco-friendly Coatings
    • Demand in ROW Region is Dominated by Industrialization in Brazil
    • Patent Activity in ROW and WIPO Dominated by Innovations in the Oil & Gas and Building & Construction Sectors
    • Key Stakeholder Activities in ROW Region Includes Marine-friendly and Renewable Coatings
    • R&D Scenario in ROW Includes Coatings that are Applied to a Range of Substrates
    • Comparative Study of Regions Shows Dominance of Asia-Pacific in the Antifouling Coatings Market
  • Technology Benchmarking
    • Benchmarking Assessment Criteria Covers Technology Performance and Opportunities Created
    • Benchmarking Assessment of Antifouling Coatings Shows Comparative Study of Technology Development and Adoption Impact
    • Biomimetic and Peptide-based Coatings Are Predicted to Have High Impact in the Antifouling Coatings Market
  • Technology Development and Adoption Roadmap
    • Technology Roadmap Gearing Toward Multi-functional Coatings and Low Use of Biocides
    • Critical Factors for Success Depends on Increasing Industry- Academia Collaborations and Marketing Efforts
  • Key Patents
    • Key Patents from North America
    • Key Patents from Europe
    • Key Patents from Asia-Pacific
    • Key Patents from ROW
    • Key Patents from WIPO
  • Key Contacts
    • Industry Contacts
  • Appendix
    • Decision Support Matrix for Currently Used Antifouling Coatings
    • Decision Support Matrix for Emerging Antifouling Coatings

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