19 March 2013

AkzoNobel helps Malaysia Airlines celebrate 40 years

As part of a series of year-long activities the national flag carrier recently revealed one of its aircraft painted with the special ‘40 years of Malaysian Hospitality’ livery.

A Boeing 737-800 was repainted in the full colours of its first ever aircraft that took to the skies four decades ago, offering a special guest experience for customers who fly in this aircraft.

Based on nearly 20 years of close co-operation, AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings partnered to develop the colours, advised on selection of the paint system and also provided on-site technical support to the highly skilled work force of the MAS paint shop.
For the Retro Livery that dates back to October 1972, the most modern paint system was selected. The B737-800 aircraft was painted with Aerodur 3001 Base Coat and Aerodur 3002 Clear Coat and benefits from the very latest advances in technology; notably improved gloss, colour retention and extended durability, providing the ultimate protection and good looks for Malaysia Airlines’ brand image.

Recognised as the first base coat/clear coat system that fulfils its promises, the Aerodur Base Coat only needs one coat per colour for full hiding and dries in two hours instead of 10. The entire surface of the aircraft was finished with a protective Aerodur Clear Coat.

Zircotec helps manage heat on Aston Martin

The ceramic-based material that originally allowed F1 teams to exploit the ‘blown diffuser’ aerodynamic advantage has made its road car debut on Aston Martin’s One-77.

Developed by Oxfordshire, UK-based Zircotec, the ThermoHold for composites material is applied to both the car’s diffuser and underbonnet air intakes, enabling Aston Martin’s designers to specify lightweight and aesthetic materials for high temperature environments. Zircotec’s coating, proven in F1 and at Le Mans, can lower composite surface temperatures by more than 125°C, creating opportunities to use composites under the bonnet.

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