SABIC Features Relevant and Compliant Material Technologies that Meet Aircraft Weight-Out, Safety and Eco Challenges at Aircraft Interiors 2013

It is exhibiting high-performance thermoplastic solutions that are helping aviation customers reduce weight and costs, enhance safety and sustainability.


SEATTLE, October 1, 2013 – Here at Aircraft Interiors EXPO, Booth 741, SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business is exhibiting high-performance thermoplastic solutions that are helping aviation customers reduce weight and costs, enhance safety and sustainability, and optimize the flying experience. And the need for the company’s relevant and compliant portfolio of resin, sheet, foam, fiber and composite technologies is growing, driven by increasing long-term demand for aircraft, an increase in passenger traffic, and a desire to reduce fuel costs. According to Boeing, between now and 2032, there will be a demand for 35,280 new airplanes, valued at $4.8 trillion. Of these new airplanes, 14,350 or 41 percent of the total new deliveries will replace older, less efficient airplanes. The remaining 20,930 airplanes will be for fleet growth, stimulating expansion in emerging markets and innovative airline business models.SABIC’s materials and technologies are playing a key role in answering these trends, helping aircraft OEMs conserve fuel and lower emissions; meet increasingly stringent flame-smoke-toxicity (FST) regulations; and enhance the comfort, aesthetics and distinctiveness of the cabin environment.

SABIC’s focus on customer needs for regulatory-compliant solutions for cabin interiors, seating, galleys and monuments, as well as hidden spaces inspires the company’s ongoing development of high performance materials and technologies. “SABIC continues to be a trusted partner for aerospace tiers and OEMs because of our demonstrated commitment to supporting the innovations that help our customers meet their most challenging demands,” Kim Choate, Marketing Director, Mass Transportation for SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business, said.

For a second consecutive year, SABIC is the sole sponsor of the VIP Lounge at the Aircraft Interiors EXPO, especially reserved for executive attendees from airlines, Tier suppliers and OEMs. “We are especially pleased to once again host the VIP Lounge, as it provides an excellent opportunity for  those who are shaping the future of commercial, private and defense aviation to meet,” Choate observed. 

Composites, Foam and Fibers Represent New Opportunities to Reduce Weight While Maintaining Strength

On average, an aircraft will burn about 0.03 kg (.06 lbs) of fuel per hour for each kilogram (2.2 lbs) carried on board. Given that the total commercial fleet flies approximately 57 million hours per year, cutting one kilogram per flight would save roughly 1,700 tons of fuel and 5,400 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year2. SABIC’s high-performance, lightweight materials for aircraft interiors can make a significant contribution to fuel economy and emissions reduction and SABIC is displaying a diverse repertoire of solutions for aircraft interiors at its booth.

For example, a prototype tray table arm, made from SABIC’s 40 percent THERMOCOMPTM EC008PXQ compound – carbon-filled materials that are based on ULTEMTM polyetherimide (PEI) resin technology – provide exceptional stiffness and flow, which allows for the production of high-performance, thin-wall molded parts to replace airline grade die-cast aluminum in semi-structural components. Using the material enables a major weight savings and an increase in strength. Other potential applications include arm rests, foot rests, and galley applications such as coffee maker chassis. Building upon ULTEM resin’s proven capabilities for aircraft interiors, carbon-fiber-filled ULTEM resin complies with FAR 25.853 and the smoke density and heat release requirements of the Ohio State University (OSU) standard 65/65.

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