Join our
LinkedIn Group

Supplier Spotlight

Latest Videos

Qantas' reshaped travel experience


Qantas is partnering with the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre to develop a new approach to long-haul travel ahead of its first Dreamliner flights later this year.

27 June, 2017

The A380plus


Airbus has released a developmental study for an enhanced version of the A380, called the A380plus. The study includes aerodynamic improvements that would reduce fuel consumption, as well as an enhanced cabin layout and optimized maintenance planning

20 June, 2017

El Al means business


A preview of the El Al Dreamliner business class experience, designed with PriestmanGoode and due to begin service in September 2017

15 June, 2017

Visit Our YouTube Channel

Read Latest Issue


Process could halve component weight, says Reliant Plastics

Injection-moulding specialist Reliant Worldwide Plastics may be known to you as a supplier of parts for commercial aviation seating. However, the company is ready to expand its scope, with a new method to make ‘metal to plastic conversions’.


This is not some form of alchemy, it is a combination composite-thermoplastic system named Reliant-LITE. According to the company, by substituting metal seat components for plastic components, weight savings of up to 50% are possible while maintaining the strength of an aluminium part.


CEO Craig Clark was on hand at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg to explain the process. “We take a continuous carbon graphite fibre in a sheet resin that is about the thickness of a sheet of paper, with multiple continuous strands encapsulated in Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS) resin. We then overlay the sheet in multiple layers, and through heat and a vacuum, make a plate. The plate looks a lot like a composite, but there’s no glue involved whatsoever – its all a chemical reaction through 750°C heat and pressure.”


Multiple carbon fibre components can be moulded using this process, and when they need to be joined to create a single part, a thermoplastics positioning system allows Reliant to overmould them with plastic in a repeatable way, in any colour, using what the company calls Homogeneous Connective Technology. “The overmould and the chemical reaction make it one homogenous part, with a reinforced structure inside it where needed,” explained Clark.


According to Clark, a seat leg made from Reliant-LITE will be 41% lighter than its aluminium equivalent – “the strength requirement is 150 lbs and our parts managed over 200 lbs in tests”.


So for companies looking for an alternative to metals, why not just use composites? Clark responded, “Composite parts use glue, which can fail, and when they fail they can produce a shard – ours break straight because they have the properties of a plastic part. You can’t predict where slivers of carbon fibre will go in an impact, but you can predict this material because we have a continuous carbon fibre strand resin encapsulated in an overmoulded part. Also, composites are also labour intensive and expensive, whereas the price of ours is comparable to an aluminium part.”


Reliant is currently finalising its in-house testing of the process, and will shortly be creating prototype parts for potential customers to use in their own tests. Clark is confident the process will be a success and manufacturing will begin soon: “We’ve been developing the process for over a year and a half, and know that Reliant-LITE components will pass when customers certify their seats. I think it’s going to happen quickly when we’ve proved the system works. We’ll make 200,000 parts this year with one customer. Another customer is very excited about the seat leg and now wants a spreader, and they potentially want to make a whole seat from the material, which is a 47% weight saving overall. You can save multiple hundreds of pounds over an aircraft.”

25 April 2013



Click here  AIP earns EASA Part 21J certification

Click here  Aer Lingus hires Retail inMotion as personal shopper

Click here  SpiceJet opts for TCI galleys

Click here  Behold the 2020 Airbus A320!

Click here  PAL adds class to its A330s

Click here  El Al's Dreamliner interiors revealed

Click here  Ramos to lead Boeing supply chain & operations

Click here  Astronics receives approvals for webFB on Boeing 737s

Click here  Hawaiian Airlines extends FFG service deal

Click here  The next HUGE thing in inflight connectivity?

Click here  A little French flair on EVA Air

Click here  Third Virgin Atlantic A330 fitted with new Upper Class

Click here  Avianca is first South American customer for CL3710

Click here  Acro recognized in Fast Track awards

Click here  Emirates to reveal "completely revised" first class

Click here  Panasonic and HAECO open IFEC repair center in China

Click here  SAS to upgrade 5,000 seats with USB power

Click here  Lineage 1000E to ride the JetWave

Click here  Reflect your style with metallic mirrors

Click here  Airbus launches bespoke helicopter interiors division

Click here  Hypercar design + cool jet design = the hypercool Infinito

Click here  SR Technics expands VIP MRO services

Click here  Ka-band option for faster Dassault jet connections

Click here  Laptop ban risks ‘catastrophic’ fires, warn pilots

Click here  Acro Aircraft Seating to linefit Allegiant A320s

Click here  Launch of 737 MAX heralds a new era for Rockwell Collins

Click here  Fourth Inmarsat-5 satellite blasts off

Click here  Cyprus Airways livery puts nature before nation

Click here  2KU for Air Canada Rouge

Click here  Early Long Flight proves A350-1000 cabin comfort

Click here  AZUR Aviation orders Zonal Drying for nine Boeing aircraft

Click here  Boom! Business class is about to go supersonic again!

Click here  Spafax to entertain LATAM flyers

Click here  First Iridium units delivered for B737 MAX

Click here  Ipeco sets up shop in Singapore

Click here  Records sales for Recaro Aircraft Seating

Click here  United's 10-step plan to a better passenger experience

Click here  FAA approves liTeMood for Boeing 757

Click here  Gogo bolsters connectivity capacity over USA and Pacific

Click here  Stelia Celeste gains A320 approval

Click here  Simple but clever: the composite hinge

View more news stories




   Sort by: relevance most recent

Read Latest Issue

Read Latest Issue

Web Exclusives

Find out a little more about the new chairman of the Oneworld global airline alliance, Pekka Vauramo. In his other role as CEO of Finnair, he has found that experience and wise spending is better for profits than constant cost cutting
Click here to read more

Germany-based aircraft interiors specialist, SII Deutschland has developed the first accessible seating area for senior passengers in economy class
Click here to read more

Inflight connectivity may be becoming more powerful, but will it be able to keep pace with the demands of data-hungry apps? Let’s consider the future demands that tech-savvy passengers will be placing on inflight wi-fi systems, and how providers should react
Click here to read more

With 85 submissions from 21 countries, competition was tough in the 2017 Crystal Cabin Awards. These are the innovations that an international panel of aircraft interior experts has voted the best ideas for the passenger experience
Click here to read more

Supersonic passenger flight is on the brink of a rebirth. Air travel has evolved massively since Concorde’s day, so what will the world’s fastest and most expensive passenger experience bring?
Click here to read more

Supplier Spotlight

Supplier SpotlightClick here for listings and information on leading suppliers covering all aspects of the aircraft interiors industry. Want to see your company included? Contact for more details.

فروشگاه اینترنتی فروشگاه اینترنتی سیستم همکاری در فروش ماهواره جیبی اندروید کانال تلگرام چت روم ماهواره آنلاین اندروید دانلود فیلم فروشگظ;ه اینترنتی

Submit your industry opinion

Industry BlogDo you have an opinion you'd like to share with the aircraft interiors community? Good or bad, we'd like to hear your views and opinions on the leading issues shaping the industry. Share your comments by sending up to 500 words to

Submit Your Recruitment Ad

Recruitment AdTo send us your recruitment advertising or to receive information on placing a banner please email