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Our journey has taken us from innovation and research to commercialising our ingredient technology for marine antifouling coatings.

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The I-Tech story

Read about our important milestones below.

Our history goes all the way back to 1990 when extensive research on marine biofouling growth started in Gothenburg. Today, we have a unique ingredient technology that repels barnacles without killing them.

Underwater photo of acorn barnacle, Balanus glandula, with animal that lives inside shell filter feeding. Morro Bay, California, USA.
  • 1990-2000


    • Extensive research on marine growth conducted
  • 2000


    • I-Tech AB is founded
    • The first patent for Selektope® was filed
  • 2003-2011


    • Selektope® product development is funded by MISTRA, the foundation for Environmental Strategic Research
  • 2006-2007


    • First product evaluations are undertaken by customers
  • 2009


    • Application for regulatory approval submitted to the EU
    • First major tests of Selektope® on ships takes place
  • 2013


    • Regulatory approvals received in Japan and South Korea
  • 2014


    • Regulatory approval received in China
    • First commercial order of Selektope® received from global paint manufacturer, Chugoku Marine Paints
  • 2015


    • Maersk chooses Selektope® for newbuild ship projects in Korea
    • Chugoku Marine Paints launch the first commercial antifouling coating to contain Selektope®
    • First ship painted with a Selektope®-containing antifouling coating (Team Calypso)
  • 2017


    • EU/BPR approval received for product type 21.
  • 2017


    • Stena RoRo chooses Selektope®for four newbuild RoPax ferries
    • Hempel launch a Selektope®-containing antifouling coating for the newbuilding market in Korea
    • Chugoku Marine Paints launch additional antifouling coating products containing Selektope®
  • 2018


    • Long-term, major supply agreement signed for Selektope® provision to Chugoku Marine Paints
    • I-Tech acquires production technology from Cambrex
    • Nasdaq approves I-Tech AB (publ) for listing on Nasdaq First North Growth Market
  • 2019


    • Chugoku Marine Paints launch eighth Selektope®-containing antifouling coating product
  • 2020


    • Major long-term Selektope® production agreement signed with Indian manufacturer
    • Redundancy in production secured through commercial deliveries from a second Indian manufacturer
    • Jotun launch two Selektope®-containing antifouling coating products for the newbuilding markets in Asia
    • I-Tech achieves upgraded regulatory approval for Selektope® in Japan
    • I-Tech donates Selektope® to Mercy Ships' new hospital ship, Global Mercy
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