Innovative Train Seat Support is JEC Award Finalist

February 25 2019

A lightweight rail passenger seat support manufactured from a fire-resistant bio-resin prepreg has been nominated as a finalist in the Land Transportation Category of the 2019 JEC World Awards.

The seat support was designed and manufactured by Bercella using materials supplied by Composites Evolution. Extensive testing of the structure was performed by Element Materials Technology.

A key innovation of the component is the use of Composites Evolution's Evopreg PFC prepreg. Evopreg PFC was specified for this application because of its excellent fire performance, low toxicity and outstanding environmental credentials. The base resin is 100% bio-derived, thereby providing a safer and more sustainable alternative to traditional phenolics for equivalent cost and performance.

The seat support has also met the most stringent requirement, Hazard Level (HL) 3, of rail fire standard EN 45545.

The award winners in each category will be declared at a ceremony during the JEC World exhibition in Paris on March 13, 2019. Composites Evolution will be exhibiting at the show on stand S50 in Hall 6.

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