26 September 2010
26 September 2010
Sabic Innovative Plastics have launched their Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) composite aerospace board (CAB) sheets, co-developed and manufactured with Crane & Co.
Sabic say that the Ultem CAB sheets can be quickly thermoformed, offer a broad range of high-performance properties, are recyclable, and offer great potential to be refurbished with a newly developed decorative film layer while still meeting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements to extend useful life.
“With Ultem CAB sheet, Sabic Innovative Plastics and Crane have achieved dramatic advantages over traditional honeycomb composites across the board, from slashing cycle time to doubling part life,” said Kim Choate, global Ultem product market leader, Sabic Innovative Plastics. “With its outstanding safety performance and light weight, Ultem resin has been a winner in aircraft interior applications for many years. Now, this resin, in the form of an Ultem resin and glass fiber-reinforced composite panel, is again demonstrating its remarkable versatility to be utilized in multiple forms and delivering additional value to the aircraft industry. We’re confident that Ultem CAB sheet will become the new gold standard for interior panels.”
“We saw an opportunity to apply our expertise in specialty paper technology in a totally new way, and chose to collaborate with Sabic Innovative Plastics because of its leadership in high-performance materials for aircraft interior applications,” said Dennis Lockyer, vice president of nonwovens and technical materials, Crane & Co. “Ultem resin was the solution we needed to create an innovative and technologically advanced paper composite. Our highly successful relationship with SABIC Innovative Plastics enabled us to diversify our portfolio and target a new market opportunity.”
Target applications for the new composite include sidewalls, cockpit panels, ceiling panels, door liners and dividers.
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