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Weight reduction in aircraft engineering

Blankenhain, October 2013 – Mass mobility, on the streets and in the air, continues to grow steadily. With this in mind, new developments which offer alternatives to traditional materials are of particular importance. A significant factor is the development of increasingly lighter materials for the production of faster and more dynamic vehicles and aircraft.


The use of plastics in various design applications in mobility engineering has opened up a wide range of options for weight reduction. GRAFE Polymer Technik GmbH has developed a special composite with the potential to reduce weight by 30-40% in comparison to the use of traditional technical plastics. The modification does not basically alter the underlying performance of the selected technical plastic. It maintains good design flexibility, coloring options and meets the highest requirements for surface quality and process reliability. This is achieved through the combination of specific fillers and additives in the polymer matrix using a special processing technology at the GRAFE facility.


The first orders for seat paneling components have been delivered to a major German systems supplier of the aviation industry and the results have been measurable, based on the excellent feedback of the partners involved: „Our development engineers, process engineers and chemists have worked hand in hand to achieve significant results and have pioneered new technologies to provide our partners with customized solutions. This technology is sure to expand its presence in the years to come”, according to Steffen Felzer, Managing Director at GRAFE Polymer Technik GmbH.


GRAFE at the K in Düsseldorf: hall 6, stand E75.


The range of products at GRAFE Advanced Polymers GmbH includes a wide selection of functional plastic compounds in addition to color and additive masterbatches. One of the largest research and development departments in the industry works on the newest technologies to equip plastics with intelligent functions. The GRAFE Group was founded in 1991 and today has three business divisions: Color Batch, Additive Batch und Polymer Technology. More than 200 staff develop and produce at the state of the art facility in Blankenhain (Thuringia) in the heart of Germany for the domestic and international market. The group is certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO TS 16949:2009 and DIN EN ISO 9001/2008. Information at:


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