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FITS Technology Launch Thermoformable Sandwich Panel for Aircraft Interiors

08 April 2005

Following 5 years of development in association with the Technical University of Delft in Holland, FITS Technology have introduced its one step PEI thermoformable sandwich panel.

FITS (Foamed In situ Thermoformable Sandwich) panels are based upon the high performance PEI (Polyetherimid), thermoplastic in situ foam and PEI fibre reinforced thermoplastic facings. The process can use PES and PC resins in addition to PEI, although PP was not suitable due to its material properties.

During the patent pending manufacturing process, FITS Technology produces an an-isotropic foam core and the bonding to the fibre reinforced facings all in just one step, potentially avoiding use of adhesives or additional stages of manufacture which bring various cost savings.

Applications being targeted for potential use of the panel include galleys, luggage bins, trolleys and seat parts, although the company emphasise the potential use for aircraft interiors. New fire resistant FITS(p) panels for the train- and boat-industry are also in development.

The technology can be considered to be an effective alternative method of producing sandwich panels, but also opens up possibilities for producing more complex sandwich shapes.

FITS Technology was launched by Mr Martin de Groot B.Sc. who has been working on this concept for many years and who is pleased to be able to introduce these advanced panels to a wider market.

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