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Bespoke bulkheads offer new design opportunities
The new partition, which opens up creative options for airline interiors, has its international launch at the Farnborough International Airshow on stand A18 Hall 1: the product shown will be an Airbus A320 profiled bulkhead.
Commenting on the new development, Rick Crosby Unit Director of the Bristol manufacturing operation said:
“The cabin divider is not only more aesthetically pleasing, it opens up opportunities for increased flexibility for branding and personalisation of airline interiors. A key part of its appeal is the significant weight saving, typically 25% lighter, compared to traditionally manufactured partitions. In addition, as just one polymeric material is used in its construction it is corrosion resistant with no adhesives or metal components required.
“Advances in vacuum forming materials and tooling technologies have largely been ignored within the aircraft interiors industry. To date there has been a lack of vision and these opportunities have only been exploited in creating parts which have traditionally been vacuum formed, such as seat plastics and document pockets. We are therefore developing these new technologies for a range of interior components. One of our first products is this revolutionary new cabin divider / windbreak which have traditionally been flat, uninteresting and utilitarian.”
Three dimensional, multi-coloured partitions can be created and document pockets or drinks holders integrated into the bulkhead design. Bespoke bulkheads can also be produced with tailored advertising or decorative finishes, giving airlines the opportunity to individualise interiors by using the STAG Group’s RACEPrint process. By using this technology each unit can be printed to customer specifications, including tailored advertising and decorative finishes, which are durable and tamper-proof. This allows aircraft operators a wide range of design and branding options.
As well as its own portfolio of products and services for aircraft interiors, the STAG Group Aircraft Interiors Division represents the following manufacturers:
The STAG Group (turnover circa £24m with sites in the UK, France and US) has two divisions: Spectech Supply Chain Services provides a complete aerospace and defence parts service and Aircraft Interiors focusses on design solutions for the aerospace interiors market. Aircraft Components, Flitetec and RACE Completions are all brands within the Aircraft Interiors Division. Solutions are provided for fixed wing, helicopter, military vehicle and marine applications for an international client base in both the commercial and defence sectors.
Wendy Walmsley, Pressline