Plastics reduce weight aloft, differentiate airline brands


As airlines seek every opportunity to reduce weight, differentiate their brands, minimize costs and enhance their customers' flying experiences, they need versatile materials, creative design options and support from suppliers who understand the desired outcomes.

At Aircraft Interiors Expo Hamburg, Sabic's Innovative Plastics business showcased a number of new offerings that are helping aircraft customers meet regulatory requirements and OEM standards, enhance safety and sustainability, and optimize the passenger experience. These included a range of high performance engineering thermoplastics in a number of forms - resin, sheet, film, foam and fiber - that are compatible with a range of processing techniques such as injection molding, thermoforming, and additive and composite manufacturing.

Beyond material solutions that are lightweight and compliant, Sabic is highlighting two services that can help its customers achieve their commercial objectives: the company's global application development resource, which helps customers design parts and systems with an eye toward weight-out and cost-savings; and customized color and aesthetic services, including color management throughout a customer's global supply chain.
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