Hamburg, Germany, April 14, 2015
As airlines seek every opportunity to reduce weight, differentiate their brands, minimize costs and enhance their customers’ flying experiences, they need versatile materials, creative design options and global support from suppliers who understand the desired outcomes. At Aircraft Interiors Expo Hamburg, Hall 7, booth # 7B70, SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business is showcasing a number of new and inspiring offerings that are helping aircraft customers meet regulatory requirements and OEM standards, enhance safety and sustainability, and optimize the passenger experience. These include a range of high performance engineering thermoplastics in a number of forms – resin, sheet, film, foam and fiber – that are compatible with a range of processing techniques such as injection molding, thermoforming, and additive and composite manufacturing.


Beyond material solutions that are lightweight and compliant, SABIC is highlighting two services that can help its customers achieve their commercial objectives: the company’s global application development resource, which helps customers design parts and systems with an eye toward weight-out and cost-savings; and customized color and aesthetic services, including color management throughout a customer’s global supply chain. “Our customers have told us that they are interested in a total solution that goes beyond providing a material,” Kim Choate, Market Director, Mass Transportation for SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business, said. “Historically, this has been our approach – to look at each customer’s need, and bring our years of global experience – including solutions that have worked for other industries – to the table.”


Aircraft interior designers are often restricted by the clarity and compliance limitations of the transparent materials currently available to them. SABIC’s booth will feature important expansions of its industry-leading LEXAN™ sheet portfolio, CLEAR LEXAN XHR2000 sheet, available in uncoated and one- or two-side coated options. These materials have been named a Crystal Cabin Award Finalist in the category of Materials & Components. Uncoated, CLEAR LEXAN XHR2000 offers 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, BSS7239, ABD0031). Robust vertical burn performance is possible with
the use of a post-secondary process, such as a functional coating or laminated film, which adds further design flexibility, chemical resistance and scratch resistance properties.

By contrast, CLEAR LEXAN XHR2HC1 and LEXAN XHR2HC2 sheets are one- or two-sided hard coated sheet options that – because of their coating – meet the industry’s robust 60 second vertical burn performance, smoke density OSU 65/65 heat release standards, and OEM toxicity requirements.

In addition, SABIC will be highlighting a range of innovative customer solutions using its materials. Among them are:

• A seatback made from SABIC’s LEXAN LIGHT F6L306 sheet. With a specific gravity of 0.85 g/cm3, this product is the lightest thermoplastic sheet option available today, up to 40% lighter than PVC/PMMA sheet products. The material complies with typical industry FST and Boeing/Airbus toxicity requirements and is thermoformable into complex 3D-shaped parts with very thin walls, down to 0.6mm.

• A 3D printed economy class seat prototype using filament made from SABIC’s ULTEM™ 9085 resin. To inspire seating tiers to take a fresh look at seat design and fabrication, SABIC licensed the Studio Gavari design for a sleek and ergonomically advanced seat. The seat was printed by Stratasys, using SABIC’s ULTEM 9085 resin. ULTEM 9085 resin is highly compatible with 3D printing and is FAR 25.853 and OEM toxicity compliant and offers low moisture absorption and design flexibility. Use of 3D printing enabled the rapid prototyping of the Studio Gavari design, resulting in a seat with less than 15 components.

• A range of wicking, cushioning and acoustical materials, made with ULTEM fibers, selected for its low moisture absorption, high heat tolerances and compliance with industry and OEM standards, sound absorption, lightweight and recyclability.

• A lighting profile, fabricated from LEXAN™ CFR5630 resin, will be on display. Selected for its UV stabilized, next generation chlorine- and bromine-free thin wall flame retardant technology, this material is now offered in transparent grades and a range of colors, along with five diffusion effects. It is FAR 25.853 compliant (smoke Ds<200 and flame VB<60 sec.) and also OEM toxicity compliant. As such, it is a candidate for lighting profiles and lens covers. The new polycarbonate (PC) copolymers give customers the ability to mold or extrude parts with very thin walls (down to 1.5mm) while complying with leading flame, smoke and toxicity (FST) standards such as 60 sec vertical burn (1.5, 2 & 3mm), smoke density (ds, max @ 2 & 3mm) with halogen-free flame retardant technology to support sustainability. Each lot of the product comes with a FAR pre-certification on burning behavior. • LEXAN CFR5630 resin is a PC copolymer and available in transparent and opaque colors. It is a material of choice for lenses, extruded light profiles and seating components. • LEXAN CFR5630D resin is a PC copolymer and a material of choice for LED lighting. The product offers wide-angle light scattering for excellent aesthetics combined with optimal light diffusion and transmission. It is ultraviolet (UV)-stabilized for improved color stability over the lifetime of the part and SABIC offers this product in five pre-selected diffusion colors.   The dynamic nature of the aviation industry demands flexible high-end solutions that can address multiple challenges, including the ever-present need to control costs. SABIC’s continued investment in innovative material technologies, together with a commitment to closely collaborate with aerospace customers, underscores SABIC’s leadership in developing space-age thermoplastic solutions for next generation aircraft.   PHOTO CAPTION   SABIC’s color service offers aircraft interior designers consultative color and aesthetic services in the US, Europe and Asia.


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Photo: SABIC’s color service offers aircraft interior designers consultative color and aesthetic services, including custom color creation, color matching and color management for a customer’s global supply chain.



Photo: To inspire aircraft industry seating tiers to take a fresh look at seat design and fabrication, SABIC licensed a Studio Gavari design for a sleek and ergonomically advanced seat. The seat was printed by Stratasys, using SABIC’s ULTEM™ 9085 resin, which is highly compatible with 3D printing and meets aircraft industry and OEM-specific heat release and flame, smoke and toxicity requirements. The use of 3D printing enabled the rapid prototyping of the Studio Gavari design without the expense of tooling, resulting in an economy class seat with less than 15 components, demonstrating the potential for part consolidation and manufacturing efficiency.

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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 ( is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).

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