From Ensinger, Inc.
In the 1970's, with commercial airline objectives set at weight reduction, increased safety factors, lower manufacturing costs and reduced maintenance schedules, Aerospace Engineers looked to thermoplastic material manufacturers, and component suppliers to develop the necessary resins, filler systems and manufacturing technology to fulfill these goals.
The industry responded with materials like Polyetherimide (PEI) and Polyarylsulphone (PAS), replacing flame retardant Polycarbonate, Nylons and thermoset composite for interior use; Polyetheretherketone, (PEEK), replacing metallic components in non critical structural, fuel and electrical components; and acetal (POM) replacing metallic and sliding parts in galleys and service trolleys. These are but a few of the innovative products that should have transformed the Aerospace industry, in the USA.
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