Thompson Aero Seating selects lightweight Zotek F foam


Aircraft seating supplier, Thompson Aero Seating, has selected Zotek F foam for its seating range, a lightweight material that is claimed to create an estimated 1.6kg reduction in weight per seat, with foam density starting at 30kg/m3.

Zotek F is a closed cell, polyvinylidene fluoride foam manufactured using a nitrogen expansion process. It meets BMS 8-371D and AIMS04-14-009 thanks to its FST properties, with low OSU heat release performance. With a closed cell structure and no flammable agents added during manufacture, the fluoro-polymer foam is non-flammable, meeting the requirements of aviation flammability standards, including those set up by major OEMs. Zotefoams has made major investments at its UK facility to increase foam manufacturing capacity, due to come on stream late 2019.

Zotefoams Group CEO, David Stirling, stated, “We are pleased Zotek F has proved such a successful component for Thompson’s aircraft seating, with the lightweight material now being employed in all ranges of their product portfolio and delivering huge benefits. Zotefoams has grown strongly in recent years, particularly in the aviation industry where we have outstripped market growth, so we will continue to support increasing demand through our various capacity investments and ensuring we meet our customers’ needs.”

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