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 [...]

West Star Aviation’s Chattanooga (CHA) Facility opens new facility

West Star Aviation recently opened a new paint and maintenance hangar at the Chattanooga facility. With the completion of the new facilities, West Star now occupies over 162.000 m2 of space at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. The completed expansion includes a new 60.000 m2 maintenance facility with 37.000 m2 of [...]

Sustainable coatings for landmark tanker aircraft

AkzoNobel’s Aerospace Coatings business supplied products for a new long-distance tanker aircraft commissioned by the French Air Force. It is the French Air Force`s first A330 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) to be finished with an external water-based topcoat, namely Aerowave 5001. “We’re extremely proud of this substantial achievement, which [...]

Coating extreme

e. Luterbach installs new aircraft paint shop in the United Arab Emirates Dr. Astrid Günther Hot - more than 45°C are not uncommon here - and sandy these are oftentimes the first associations coming up in connection with Abu Dhabi. Economically, it is probably the oil industry that most people [...]