25 NOVEMBER 2013

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Article from BTNews 25 NOVEMBER 2013

Chameleon changes an airline’s face

Do you have an old aircraft that needs visually updating in the interior?  Or a brand new plane that wants to look different?  Chameleon Products new technology can change the way an interior looks with its decorative film technology and save weight into the bargain.

The company uses a film transfer process that can make plastic, composites or most other substrates look like other materials.  It can, for example, make plastic look like marble or wood, without the excessive weight penalty that real marble or wood give.

It is a water transfer process so parts can be complex in shape or pattern.  Chameleon uses a water and ink-based transfer printing system which is fully compliant with FAA and EASA smoke and toxicity requirements. 

Managing Director, Trevor Whetter, is a well known figure in the aircraft refurbishment business.  He says that there are many advantages to using this film technology.  “It is 300% lighter than a wood veneer, it does not crack and lift off like veneer does and for recycling and refurbishment it is great.  We can apply the film, for example, to aircraft seat plastics.  We can take a grey dull piece of plastic and make it into something spectacular”, he says. www.chameleonproducts.net

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