IBEX 365 News
30th Anniversary Interview with Interlux
News Date: September 23, 2021
A world leader in yacht coatings, Interlux manufactures primers, fairing compounds, antifouling, and finishes for boats of all sizes. They recently shared with us some of their newest products and innovations, as well as what they’re looking forward to at IBEX 2021.
What significant product developments have you made over the last 30 years?
Interlux, a brand of AkzoNobel, has delivered a wide range of innovative coatings for professionals and Do It Yourself (DIY) boaters for both above and below the waterline. Our key coating developments over the last 30 years, became industry-leading products, for example, Micron Extra, Micron CSC, and the innovative Micron 66 which utilizes a revolutionary Self Polishing Technology (SPC) resin. We’re proud to have introduced the first copper-free antifouling paints that utilize Econea, with Pacifica Plus. In addition, we have a full range of water-based antifouling paints from a single season to multi-season that meet the growing market demand for low-VOC and water-based products as in our newest antifouling – Micron Navigator, which is also copper-free.
We’ve also led the way in developing systems for new boat antifouling paint applications with our Ultimate and Simple No Sand systems that deliver time and labor savings to boatyards. Above the waterline, we have an easy and durable two-part high gloss polyurethane topcoat, Perfection, that is formulated to be brushed and rolled for professionals and DIY applicators.
What changes has your company experienced in the last 30 years?
We underwent a series of changes that have strengthened AkzoNobel’s Interlux brand over the last 30 years. In the late 1990s, Interlux was acquired by AkzoNobel, which propelled us to new heights and delivered exciting opportunities by driving innovation and expanding our focus on customer needs. Being part of a larger organization has also allowed us to invest in product research and development to deliver new technologies to meet changing needs.
In 2002, we acquired the Awlgrip brand, leaders in professional topcoat systems, to our recent acquisition of New Nautical Coatings and its brands, including Sea Hawk. The combination of Interlux, Awlgrip, and New Nautical brands continue to enable us to provide leading systems and products for boat builders, repair yards, and boaters for both above and below the waterline.
We have also focused and expanded our customer support and educational programs. Our Yacht Paint Application Centers (YPAC), facilitate classroom and hands-on training while showcasing continued innovation, enabling builders and professionals to get the best results from their most-loved AkzoNobel brands.
What effect has IBEX had on your business?
IBEX is the ideal platform for us to introduce new products, showcase time-saving systems, and participate in excellent discussions with boat builders, applicators, and other professionals on how we can help to improve their output and how we can support them.
Do you remember your first ever IBEX Show?
Since the inception of IBEX, it was really a no-brainer for Interlux to get involved, as IBEX brings together all the boating professionals from North America and from around the world into one location. The quality and the industry expertise that IBEX gathers continues to grow and enhance the quality of the show year over year. This is why we continue to proudly support and raise our commitment to the show year after year.
What are you looking forward to at IBEX 2021?
This year we are introducing two new products to the market under our Interlux brand; Micron Navigator a copper-free and water-based antifouling that provides multi-seasonal protection for all boat types including aluminum. Micron Navigator also is available in bright colors including white.
The other debut will be our Micron Extra SPC, a SPC (Self Polishing Copolymer) antifouling that wears away in a controlled manner whether it is sitting at the dock or underway. Micron Extra SPC utilizes the same resin technology as our Micron 99 superyacht antifouling but is designed for application onto boats of all sizes and does not require a license to apply. Micron Extra SPC delivers relentless performance for all boaters regardless of size.
IBEX is one of the premier yachting events that we look forward to and see it as our North American launchpad to delivering new and innovative products to the boating industry.