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Elise Harrington
By Elise Harrington
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 00:00

The Aircraft Interiors Expo took place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The three day expo occurs annually, where various suppliers and manufacturers within aerospace showcase their products and capabilities. While visiting the expo you can see the latest trends and technologies within the aerospace industry.

There were a number of aerospace plastics manufacturers at the expo showcasing their latest products and technologies. In addition, plastic components continued to grow in use for aircraft interiors, across various commodities – from the cabin restrooms, window shades, passenger controls, and seats.

When our team visited the show a few years ago one of the biggest trends that we noticed was the focus on reduced weight of all aspects of the interiors. As gas and oil costs rise, airlines are striving to increase flight occupancy, while also reducing weight and maintaining passenger comfort. At this year’s show, that trend remains apparent.

In addition, we  noticed an increased focus on the need for flame resistant materials – within plastics and other components. Last summer’s Asiana plane crash brought a focus to the importance of fireproofing aircraft cabins. At the Aircraft Interiors Expo many manufacturers showcased their flame resistant products.

Overall, this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo was a great event. We are already looking forward to next year’s show!