THE CRYSTAL CABIN AWARD® 2015 FINALIST CLEAR LEXAN™ XHR SHEET SERIES GIVE AIRCRAFT INTERIOR DESIGNERS GREATER FLEXIBILITY AND DESIGN FREEDOM

14-04-2015


Hamburg, Germany, April 14, 2015

 
SABIC’s CLEAR LEXAN™ XHR Sheet Series has been named a Crystal Cabin Award® Finalist in the category of Materials & Components. The company’s lightweight engineered thermoplastic material offers the highest level of light transmission available in an OSU-compliant sheet material today which meets OSU 65/65 heat release and typical industry flame, smoke, toxicity (FST) requirements (FAR25.853, BSS7239, ABD0031). SABIC will be showcasing the product at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg (14 – 16 April, 2015) Hall 7, booth # 7B70 and it will be displayed in the Crystal Cabin Award Gallery in Hall B6, Booth 6C10.

 
As aircraft interior designers seek to achieve modern, light-filled cabin environments, they require a range of transparent materials that meet the industry’s vertical burn standards and are amenable to different processing technologies. SABIC introduced its LEXAN XHR2000 sheet material for aircraft interiors last year, including two new variations that come in one- or two-sided hard coat options, called CLEAR LEXAN XHR2HC1 and LEXAN XHR2HC2 sheets. These additions to the product line provide design engineers with pre-coated materials that – without the need for secondary processing – meet the highest industry standards for flame resistance.

 
“SABIC is honored to be a finalist for the Crystal Cabin Award with CLEAR LEXAN XHR sheet material that was specifically developed in response to the airline industry’s ongoing desire for a transparent material that would help to differentiate cabin interior designs. The industry’s response to the introduction of our clear LEXAN XHR2000 sheet was so positive, we created two additional coated variations to help our customers more rapidly advance their designs into applications without requiring secondary operations,” Kim Choate, Director of Mass Transportation for SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business, said.

 
With 80% light transmission, the innovative CLEAR LEXAN XHR2000 sheet is both durable and thermoformable, while complying with strict airline standards for fire, smoke and toxicity. With introduction of coated CLEAR LEXAN XHR2HC1 and LEXAN XHR2HC2 sheets, SABIC offers grades that offer even more robust vertical burn performance, reaching the industry’s highest standards without the need for secondary processing to apply a coating, laminate or film.

 
These coated sheets meet the industry’s robust 60 second vertical burn performance, and the same smoke density OSU 65/65 heat release standards and OEM toxicity requirements as the uncoated LEXAN XHR2000 sheet. In addition, they provide chemical resistance and scratch resistance properties.

 
LEXAN XHR2HC1 sheet, coated on one side, is a candidate for components that need to be laminated or printed, such as window reveals, partitions, refrigeration equipment, luxury interiors, walls, security partitions, oversized windows, self-service refreshment stations, instrument displays, divider panels and mirrors. LEXAN XHR2HC2 sheet, coated on two sides, is a candidate for many of the same applications, offering scratch, chemical and graffiti resistance on both sides.

 
The Crystal Cabin Award winners in each category will be announced at an awards dinner on April 15, 2015 in Hamburg. For more information, visit www.crystal-cabin-award.com
 
More information about SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business and the range of aerospace grade thermoplastic resin, sheet, film, foam and fiber solutions it offers to aircraft interior customers can be found on at www.sabic.com/sfs. For technical product inquiries, please contact us at sfs.info@sabic.com

 
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SABIC’s CLEAR LEXAN™ XHR sheet available as uncoated or coated options, provides aircraft interior designers with new options in transparency.
 
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Photo: SABIC’s CLEAR LEXAN™ XHR sheet, available as uncoated or coated options, provides aircraft interior designers with new options in transparency: 80% light transmission, the highest level of light transmission available in an OSU-compliant sheet material today which meets OSU 65/65 heat release and typical industry flame, smoke, toxicity (FST) requirements (FAR25.853).

 
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The Crystal Cabin Award® 2015 Finalist CLEAR LEXAN™ XHR Sheet Series Give Aircraft Interior Designers Greater Flexibility and Design Freedom

 
AT THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY
Tuesday, 14 April, after the dinner, the winners of each category will be announced. The winners will be asked to receive the trophy on stage. Two representatives maximum should go on stage. From SABIC Kim Choate and Sandeep Dhawan will present SABIC at the ceremony.
 
You are very welcome to speak some words if you like to express your feelings. Subsequently you will be guided to the stage’s side, where one photo will be taken. They also need to write down the names of the representatives, who are going to be photographed. After that you will also receive your certificate. And after the 7th winner announcement all winners are invited to join a group photo!

 
PRESENTATION OF THE WINNERS AT THE AIRCRAFT INTERIORS EXPO
 
On Wednesday, 15 April at 11 am the CCA winners will be presented to the public at the Crystal Cabin Awards Gallery in Hall B6 stand C10 at the Aircraft Interiors Expo. Journalists will be present as well as photographers and visitors. The winners are asked to come and bring their trophies. You will get the possibility to answer one or two questions, such as:
 
1. What is the innovation in your product/concept?
Aircraft interior designers are often restricted by the clarity and compliance limitations of the transparent materials currently available to them. With 80% light transmission, CLEAR LEXAN XHR sheet series is a pioneering option for aircraft interiors with the highest level of light transmission available in an OSU-compliant sheet material today while complying with strict airline standards for OSU 65/65 heat release, flame, smoke, toxicity (FST) requirements (FAR25.853, BSS7239, ABD0031).
 
As aircraft interior designers seek to achieve modern, light-filled cabin environments, they require a range of transparent materials that meet the industry’s vertical burn standards and are amenable to different processing technologies. Lightweight, durable, formable CLEAR LEXAN XHR sheet series includes one- or two-side hard coated options which provide design engineers with pre-coated materials offering even more robust vertical burn performance, reaching the industry’s highest standards without the need for secondary processing to apply a coating, laminate or film.

 
2. What is the benefit for the passenger?
Next to the full compliance with the aircraft interior regulations, compared to glass-based transparent products, CLEAR LEXAN XHR sheet series 250 times impact resistant, preventing risk of breakage and potential safety issues when impact occurs. It supports passenger comfort level and experience through enabling transparent designs of the large components such as security partitions, oversized windows, trolleys, monitor covers and self-service refreshment stations, creating pleasant, light-filled cabin environment.

 
PASSENGER SAFETY & REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS Compliancy with flame, smoke density, toxicity & low heat release regulations and high impact resistance
 
ECO-EFFICIENCY & FUEL ECONOMY It’s lightweight. Compared to glass-based transparent products, it’s up to 50 times lighter, helping increase fuel savings
 
SUSTAINABILITY Durable engineered thermoplastics, created with next generation Chlorine and Bromine free flame retardant technology and supports recycling
 
PASSENGER COMFORT & DESIGN FREEDOM Offers 80% light transmission which supports light-filled cabin environment to enhance the passenger experience Facilitates the design of large transparent components such as security partitions, oversized windows, trolleys, monitor covers and self-service refreshment stations. Its formability expands the design freedom for a wide spectrum of applications where interior designers can enhance the passenger experience and differentiate airline branding by allowing printing, post-coating, texture, laminating, 3D thermoforming, color, and graphic processing.

 
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About SABIC
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks as the world’s second largest diversified chemical company. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.
 
SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 23.3 billion (US$ 6.2 billion) in 2014. Sales revenues for 2014 totaled SR 188.1 billion (US$ 50.2 billion). Total assets stood at SR 340 billion (US$ 90.7 billion) at the end of 2014.
SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 19 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India, China and South Korea. The company operates in more than 45 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide.
 
SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

 
About Innovative Plastics
SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business is a leading, global supplier of engineering thermoplastics with an 80-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers’ most pressing challenges. Today, Innovative Plastics is a multi-billion-dollar company with operations in more than 35 countries and approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. The company continues to lead the plastics industry with customer collaboration and continued investments in new polymer technologies, global application development, process technologies, and environmentally responsible solutions that serve diverse markets such as Healthcare, Transportation, Automotive, Electrical, Lighting and Consumer Electronics. The company’s extensive product portfolio includes thermoplastic resins, coatings, specialty compounds, film, and sheet. Innovative Plastics (www.sabic-ip.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).

 
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