BASF and PlastiComp, Inc. to present on lightweight solutions for the aerospace industry at the High Performance Composites for Aircraft Interiors Conference

WYANDOTTE, MICH. — BASF Corporation will demonstrate high performance composites that make aerospace parts lighter and more sustainable at the 2013 High Performance Composites for Aircraft Interiors Conference, October 2-3, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington.

Ralph Maier, Ph.D., Technology Manager for Aerospace at BASF Corporation, and Raj Mathur, Ph.D., Vice President of Technology Development for PlastiComp, Inc., will present “Polyarylethersulfone-based Long Fiber Thermoplastics (LFT) for Metal Replacement in Aircraft Interior Applications,” on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m. The key topics of this presentation include:

  • BASF’s Ultrason® polyarylethersulfones, a class of FST (fire, smoke, and toxicity) compliant high temperature thermoplastics, their properties as well as semi-finished goods made from these materials.
  • The application of PlastiComp’s LFT technology to Ultrason reinforced with long carbon fibers. These composite materials have potential for further penetration into traditional metal applications in the cabin interior on account of their high strength to weight ratios.

The High Performance Composites for Aircraft Interiors Conference is co-located with the Aircraft Interiors America Expo this year and will bring together designers, engineers and program leaders from the global aerospace industry and focus on new developments in the fields of high-temperature and fire-resistant applications.

BASF will be exhibiting its portfolio of sustainable light-weight materials for aircraft interiors, including Ultrason high temperature thermoplastics and foamed core materials made from Elastollan® thermoplastic polyurethanes, Baxxodur® latent cure epoxy systems and Cellasto® microcellular polyurethane foam at booth 922. Application examples to be displayed include:

  • Complet® long carbon fiber reinforced polyethersulfone (PESU) for metal replacement in aircraft interior parts, made from Ultrason by PlastiComp Inc.
  • Divinycell F® core materials, made from Ultrason polyarylethersulfones by The Diab Group – a replacement material for honeycomb.
  • Light weight panels made with Baxxodur® latent cure epoxy systems by General Plastics, used as metal replacement for floor boards in cargo containers.
  • Stimulite® seat cushions made by Supracor, an alternative to foamed seat cushions, offering increased seating comfort, durability, space and weight savings potential, and recyclability.
  • Basotect® UL light weight, flexible, FST compliant melamine foam for thermo-acoustic insulation provides excellent sound absorption, high thermal insulation properties and easy installation.

For more information on PlastiComp’s LFT products and technologies, please call +1 507-858-0330, e-mail, or visit their website at

BASF – The Chemical Company
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,600 employees in North America, and had sales of $18.5 billion in 2012. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at

For more information contact:
Susan Jackson
BASF Corporation
Tel: (248) 304-5413

Stimulite is a registered trademark of Supracor.
Divinycell F is a registered trademark of The Diab Group.

About PlastiComp
Deploying a partnership philosophy combined with a fully integrated approach to application development, PlastiComp focuses its expertise on moving innovative long fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite technology into new markets and applications by applying long fiber’s stronger, tougher, and lighter capabilities to make products better. Ready to process Complēt® composite pellets for injection molding provide made to order performance by incorporating long carbon, glass, or specialty fibers with thermoplastic polymers ranging from polypropylene to PEEK for application specific structural material solutions.

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