LUMIFLON® FEVE Resins Improve Corrosion Resistance and Life Span of Aircraft Coatings
EXTON, Pa., August 1, 2016 - LUMIFLON® fluoroethylene vinyl ether (FEVE) resins from AGC Chemicals Americas help aerospace manufacturers create ultra-durable coatings for aircraft in a wide range of colors and glosses that significantly reduce life cycle costs.
Manufacturers worldwide use LUMIFLON resins in aerospace coatings formulations to protect military and commercial aircraft from degradation by UV light, wind, rain, chemicals and corrosion. LUMIFLON-based coatings have outperformed standard aerospace coatings on steel, aluminum, magnesium and plastics with a life span up to five times that of acrylic urethanes. By using LUMIFLON-based coatings, airlines can reduce maintenance costs by as much as 50% over the life of the plane, in addition to substantially reducing the loss of revenue during scheduled repainting.
Aircraft coated with LUMIFLON resins typically require no repainting for at least eight years, maintaining outstanding appearance and a durable surface that allows for easy cleaning. In contrast, acrylic urethanes begin to fade and chalk after only three years and require repainting after five.
In addition to its superior durability, LUMIFLON offers manufacturers the ability to formulate coatings from matte finishes to high gloss. LUMIFLON resins are clear, making them completely compatible with a wide range of pigments and colors.
LUMIFLON resins are available in high solids solvent grades and also in solid resins for the production of low-VOC and HAPS-free environmentally friendly coatings. LUMIFLON is the first solvent-soluble fluoropolymer resin for coatings that can be cured at room temperature or at elevated temperatures. Because LUMIFLON resins do not require heat curing, these topcoats can be applied in the factory or in the field.
About AGC Chemicals Americas Inc.
AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Glass Company Ltd., a $13 billion multinational corporation and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass, electronic displays and chemical products. The company was formed in 2004 through the merging of sister companies Asahi Glass Fluoropolymers USA and AGA Chemicals. Headquartered in Exton, Pa., AGC Chemicals Americas maintains manufacturing operations in nearby Thorndale, Pa., and warehouses located throughout North America. www.agcchem.com