Henkel (Toulouse, France and Bay Point, Calif.) displayed its LOCTITE EA 9845 EC lightweight surfacing film with incorporated expanded copper foil lightning strike protection (LSP), which reportedly offers a 30 percent weight reduction compared to other LSP products. The epoxy-based system cures at 120°C to 176°C (248°F to 349°F) and reportedly reduces surface imperfections and prepaint surface preparation while boosting UV and chemical resistance. On-stand at JEC, Henkel displayed a Learjet 85 tailcone section manufactured by Bombardier in Querétaro, Mexico, which has qualified the new lightweight LSP for use across the aircraft’s fuselage.
Editor PickGardner Business Index at 54.1 in January
The US composites industry looks as strong as it has since early 2015, with expectations the highest in years.