Alpine Advanced Materials Brings Transformative Military-Grade Lightweighting Technology to Commercial Aerospace

April 08 2019

Concurrent with the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg, Alpine Advanced Materials, LLC declares the commercial availability of HX5, a high performance thermoplastic nanocomposite material designed specifically to replace aerospace grade aluminum components at up to half the weight.

HX5 is ideal for replacement of metal parts in airline interiors. Unlike other light weight composite materials targeting the aerospace interiors market, HX5 maintains comparable strength and performance to 6061 aluminum and is able to be post-processed like metal. HX5 parts can be machined, coated, painted, welded, and adhesively bonded. HX5 can replace metal parts in seats, trays and galleys, where other composites fall short.

There is huge weight savings potential for replacing aluminum interior components, contributing to significant improvement in airline fuel efficiency and reduction of carbon emissions.

Alpine brings HX5 to the commercial aerospace industry through an exclusive license from Lockheed Martin Corporation, where the product was designed and exhaustively tested and proven in the manufacture of components for jet fighters, high-speed helicopters, amphibious transport vehicles, missiles, rockets, and satellites. There is no material like HX5 in the market today.

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