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31st March 2017, Laholm

Diab signs long-term contract with Diehl Aircabin

Diehl Aircabin, a market leader for the production and design of cabin interiors for commercial aviation, has signed a long-term agreement with Diab for the supply of Divinycell F and other structural foam core materials for cabin interior applications.

Diab has been supporting Diehl Aircabin with technical development of numerous cabin applications. With newly introduced cabin applications in Airbus 350 XWB and Boeing 777 using Divinycell F, it was a strategic step forward to sign a long-term agreement, the company reports.

The structural foam core, Divinycell F, is proving popular with cabin interior companies, according to the manufacturer. © Diab

“It has been a pleasure to work with Diehl, and we are very proud of being a supplier and partner with Diehl Aircabin,” said Lennart Thalin, Diab Executive Group Vice President Sales & Segments.

Divinycell F

The structural foam core, Divinycell F, is proving popular with cabin interior companies, according to the manufacturer. The increased production rates for new aircraft require more industrialised manufacturing. Traditional honeycomb solutions require intensive labour to get a good surface finish, as well as closing edges to avoid moisture absorption.

Divinycell F is said to minimise the need for labour intensive and costly putty, sanding, and sweeping steps to achieve a high-quality surface finish. Featuring closed cells and minimal water absorption, Divinycell F also eliminates the need for edge fill, according to the manufacturer. Many honeycomb panel designs now incorporate Divinycell F as an edge close-out.

Substantial cost savings

“Using Divinycell F can save up to 20% weight compared to Nomex honeycomb solutions, which translates into substantial cost savings. The Divinycell F production line also boasts the industry’s shortest lead time and highest production capacity, benefiting customers around the world,” the company explains.

“Divinycell F withstands high temperatures and exceeds by far all requirements for aircraft interiors when it comes to Fire, Smoke, Toxicity (FST), and OSU heat release. The thermoplastic foam adapts to multiple production processes, reducing cycle time and cost to yield more design freedom than any other material on the market today.”

Today Divinycell is used in first and business class seats as well as lavatory interiors, galleys, luggage bins, cabin air distribution and window frames for the Airbus 350 XWB and other aircrafts.

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