Marine & Shipbuilding


Marine environments are particularly brutal on equipment and their labels. Fading, corrosion and abrasion threaten the readability of identification items; impede safe operation, cost companies downtime, and lead to regulatory fines.

MPC’s Metalphoto® photosensitive anodized aluminum has been the material of choice for more than 50 years for items like load charts, control panel faceplates, component labels, and other durable product and process identification in marine environments.

Specified by Huntington Ingalls, NASSCO, Newport News, the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (Marintek), the U.S. Navy, and many others, Metalphoto has proven outdoor durability of more than 20 years. That is because the image is sealed beneath a sapphire-hard anodic layer, providing resistance to corrosion, sunlight degradation, abrasion, extreme temperatures, and chemical exposure.

Metalphoto parts are seaworthy enough to be used for the following marine applications:

  • cargo & tanker vessels
  • commercial vessels
  • electric boats (submarines)
  • military vessels
  • mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs)
  • private vessels


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