AkzoNobel to acquire Mapaero

AkzoNobel has announced its intention to acquire French aerospace coatings manufacturer Mapaero. The intended acquisition will strengthen AkzoNobel’s global position in aerospace coatings, notably in the structural and cabin coating sub-segments, and contribute directly towards delivering the company’s 2020 guidance. Established in 1992 and specializing in sustainable water-based and advanced [...]

New paint shop

As Russian aviation Insider reported recently, a new paint shop for aircraft is to be constructed at Belarus within the capital Minsk airport. It is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2020. Already finished in 2018 was a MRO hangar with an area of 18.000 m2. Currently the [...]

Investment in Singapore Aerospace Application Support Center

PPG recently announced a 13,7 million Euro investment in a new 3,600 m2 application support center (ASC) at the Seletar Aerospace Park near the Seletar Airport in Singapore. The project is the company’s largest investment to date in Southeast Asia. Scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2020, the [...]

Networking par excellence

IntAIRCOAT with the highest number of participants so far Astrid Günther Aircraft manufacturers, MRO, delegates from airlines as well as researchers, developers and suppliers discussed current topics in aircraft coating at IntAIRCOAT 2019 from 13 to 15 May in Hamburg, Germany. Topic were among others chrome-free coating solutions, automation, functional [...]

Primer for special tasks

New primer from Mankiewicz passes Fraunhofer IFAM's characteristic suitability test for aircraft coatings Astrid Günther In the recently completed BMWi project "Low Drag Aircraft in Operation - LDAinOP" the Fraunhofer IFAM from Bremen in cooperation with Airbus and Lufthansa Technik has developed an optimized test method for aircraft coatings. This [...]

Digital aircraft printing

New technology extremely facilitates aircraft decorating Dutch robot manufacturer XYREC has developed a new robot-based printing technology for aircrafts. In February, the technology was successfully demonstrated in Hamburg by printing a large digital image on an Airbus A320 fuselage. Peter Boeijink, CEO of XYREC is certain: “The demonstration marks the [...]

Automated coating

Lufthansa Technik Intercoat GmbH has recently started automatic coating applying the "Advanced Epoxy Coating" process. Currently, the workpieces have to be rotationally symmetrical. These include, for example, parts of engines or valves - "components from everywhere" as Andreas Sauer, Managing Director of Lufthansa Technik Intercoat, says. For automatic coating, high [...]