December 2019

Environmentally friendly pretreatment and coating of aircraft landing gears

Cr(VI)-free coatings and pretreatments for the aerospace industry Dr. Stefanie Wunder, Dr. Ulrich Christ: Fraunhofer IPA Mark Seibold: Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH As part of the Clean Sky 2 project of the Horizon 2020 research program, various commercial pretreatments, primers and top coats were analyzed at Fraunhofer IPA with regard to [...]

Shannon Group on target to deliver new aircraft hangar

Shannon Group plc is on target to complete a new €18 million, more than 8500 m2 specialist aircraft painting hangar at Shannon Airport capable of accommodating some of the world’s largest aircraft at the end of 2019. The construction of the wide-body hangar is Shannon Group’s largest construction project to-date [...]

NRL Develops Environmentally and Painter-Friendly Topcoat

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Center for Corrosion Science and Engineering developed a safer and user-friendly topcoat that was recently applied onto the exterior of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. The topcoat, which is a one-component (1K) polysiloxane based on organosilane polymers, is a new technology free of isocyanates and [...]

September 2019

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 [...]

June 2019

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 [...]