Natural Collection: laminated aircraft wood

Air-Craftglass has a passion for craftsmanship. This includes rich finishes on natural products, such as fine and precious veneers. A refined finish enables products to be used in the most stunning interiors, from stylish villas and superyachts to commercial or private aircraft.

Strict regulations in the aviation industry mean that many beautiful and noble woods can unfortunately not be used on board aircraft. Where use of these woods is possible, it is often hampered by limitations in technology.

This is another field in which Air-Craftglass sees opportunities. Why couldn’t wood be used in situations where flammable materials are normally banned as long as it is fitted as aero glass & wood via our (patented) laminating technology?

We are currently processing ultra-thin veneer (0.2 mm thick) between glass sheets to ensure that it can withstand fire and other important tests. We expect to complete this process in mid-2017. By then we hope to be able to present over 500 aircraft wood varieties with certification under the name Air-Craftglass Natural Collection.

Air-Craftglass succeeded to develop a method to make the aircraft wood fire resistant in combination with our laminating technology. This will be a revolutionary breakthrough for the finish and apperaence of aircraft interior, both private and commercial. After all, aero glass ensures the ultimate smooth, high-gloss finish as soon as the product is laminated, eliminating the need for countless hours of difficult lacquering and polishing work by expensive craftsmen. In addition to simplifying the production process, this will also undoubtedly result in considerable price reductions and make a high-end finish attainable to a broader target group.

We are also studying the use of matte glass instead of glossy aviation glass to create a matte wood finish. Commercial applications of the laminated wood collection would include table tops (one of the most vulnerable elements on board aircraft), cupboards, trolley exteriors, pantry cupboards, class separators, bulkheads, and much more besides.

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