Companies Queue To Exhibit At Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas

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August 31, 2011 — The latest solutions to meet the needs of aircraft interiors buyers’ will be very much in focus at Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas 2011, which will be held September 12 – 14 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Such is the appeal of the exhibition that all the booth space has been sold and there is a waiting list.

AIM Aerospace (formerly AIM Aviation) will be displaying a new business bar concept for Boeing B777’s and Airbus A330’s, with styling input from French industrial designers JCE. The company will also have its Front Row Furniture module, which is currently in service with Air China, on show. These units are being delivered on new B777-300’s in support of B/E Aerospace’s Diamond lie-flat seats.

In the galley equipment arena, Iacobucci HF Group will be demonstrating the MR4AA1 microwave, which is produced by one of its subsidiaries, MGS. This new microwave is extremely light weighing in at only 14 kg when empty but has more than 12 litres of cavity capacity. There is no rotating plate which both saves on energy and reduces maintenance costs. As well as meeting all the requirements of the ARINC Standards ARINC 810 and 812, MGS says it will also successfully communicate with future galley inserts as required for the new Airbus A350.

Meanwhile in the continuing search for ever lighter but cost effective seat and monument coverings, Perrone Aerospace will be showing its latest leather-alternative range – EnduraLite. Billed as economical, lightweight and a durable alternative to real leather, EnduraLite weighs 1.3 ounces per square foot – more than 50 percent lighter than traditional leather. The product looks and feels like leather and yet it is made using a 100 percent fire retardant polyurethane face and a proprietary blend of polyester backing which yields high levels of durability for years of service.

SABIC Innovative Plastics will be spotlighting high-performance thermoplastic resin, sheet, foam and composite solutions. The company’s products, together with its extended portfolio of advanced material technologies, are helping global aircraft OEMs reduce weight by up to 50 percent, with the potential to conserve fuel and lower emissions. They also enable aircraft manufacturers to meet tough flame-smoke-toxicity (FST) regulations; reduce overall system costs; and enhance the safety and comfort of the cabin environment.

The Velcro Companies are using the show to introduce three weight-saving hook-and-loop fasteners for aircraft interiors, all of which meet FAR 25.856(a) industry performance and flame propagation resistance standards, while Alltec will be showcasing PSU and seating subcomponents molded in aerospace grade composites that meet flame, smoke, and toxicity requirements.

Barrday Composite Solutions (formerly Lewcott Corp.), which specialises in phenolic matrix prepregs, will be displaying its prepeg products and adhesive for the aircraft interiors sector, while OEMs seeking a comprehensive range of products including nuts, fasteners, fittings, hoses and cables should make their way to the Aviation Hardware booth.

Exhibition Director, John Hyde, said: “Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas is now in its third edition and the response from industry has been amazing. The fact that every available square meter of booth space has been allocated is clear evidence of the robust nature of the North American cabin interiors market and the standing of this event.”

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