New Polyvinyl Fluoride Film Capacity Expansion Extends Availability for Aircraft
DuPont and Airbus (acting on behalf of various EADS NV entities) today announced they have signed a strategic agreement regarding the supply of DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride (PVF) films to support manufacture of EADS products for the aerospace industry including, in particular, Airbus aircraft. Under the terms of the agreement, DuPont will supply Tedlar® PVF films needed by EADS’ extensive worldwide subcontractor base for a range of uses. Recently expanded capacity for Tedlar® continues to enable existing and new applications benefitting the aerospace industry.
DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride films give aerospace product manufacturers maximum design flexibility in creating passenger areas that are attractive, easy to clean, and scuff-resistant. They are lightweight, conformable, and can be embossed and printed. Tedlar® films also have been qualified and used extensively in thermal/acoustic insulation blankets; they are used as fire barriers laminated to metals, labels for wiring, wire harnesses, and composite part labels where it is no longer acceptable to mechanically fasten metal plate labels to parts. And, while most commonly used in bondable applications, Tedlar® films are excellent release films used in the manufacture of advanced composite structures. DuPont recently more than doubled its capacity to produce Tedlar® films.
“We are pleased to reaffirm our commitment to EADS with this agreement,” said William Feehery, global business director, DuPont™ Tedlar® films. “DuPont recently completed a $295 million, multi-phased expansion that more than doubled its capacity to produce Tedlar® films and assures the availability of Tedlar® products going forward. We look forward to working with EADS designers and engineers, subcontractors and subtier suppliers on programs that have, do or could use Tedlar® products to communicate that we have a renewed strategic relationship.”
Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Tedlar® PVF films have set the standard for reliable performance in the Aircraft industry for over 30 years, and continue to enable new applications where quality and long-term durability are critical. Further information on Tedlar® films can be found at http://tedlar.com.
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Bill Feehery (left), global business director, DuPont™ Tedlar® films, and Olivier Cauquil, chairman of the materials board, EADS, sign a strategic agreement for the supply of Tedlar® films used in Airbus aircraft.