Concurrent with the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg, Alpine Advanced Materials, LLC announced 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 lightweight 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.