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Airlines save millions by application of fewer layers of paint
Article Type: Materials From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 81, Issue 6
Airbus grants qualification for Mankiewicz's “ecological” paint Innovation fully approved after two years of thorough practical testing.
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus confirms that the Basecoat/Clearcoat (BC/CC) System, manufactured by the Hamburg-based company, Mankiewicz was granted the highest approval for the whole fleet. Thus, this traditional German company is one of only three paint manufacturers worldwide approved as paint supplier for the Airbus exterior. Thinner paint layers save weight and consequently, fuel. Projected over the years the airlines will save millions of euros.
Hamburg – Another A380 coated with Mankiewicz BC/CC paint system will shortly be launched: Air France is the next Airline which chose this paint system for its A380. Various Boeing 737 and 747 as well as the Airbusses A330 of the Australian Qantas and the Dutch KLM airlines were coated with the BC/CC-System two years ago.
Less weight means lower costs: each saved kilogam is equivalent to approximately 2,000 EUR less fuel costs per year. For example, the Japanese cargo carrier NCA saved 45 kg of paint when coating its Boeing 747-400; this is equivalent to 42 drum cans (8,400 l) of fuel which would have produced 21 tons of CO2 per year. After application of the BC/CC-System the company started an ecological campaign and named this cargo carrier the “Green Freighter” (see also: www.nca.aero/e/news/2009/news_20090501html.htm).
Even extreme climate between −60°C and +60°C does not adversely affect the Mankiewicz paint system. For two years now Airbus and Qantas have been documenting the excellent properties the paint system offers: colour and gloss are still brilliant after years of use, the extremely smooth surface allows for less frequent cleaning cycles, thus saving environmentally harmful cleaning agents.
Application of the Mankiewicz BC/CC System is considerably faster; instead of the usual twelve hours drying time between several layers of paint only two to four hours are required. In the refurbishment sector this offers many process benefits to both the MRO and ultimately its customer, this saves a lot of time and gets the aircraft back into service and profitable use quickly. The Clearcoat, with its sealing effect, ensures that the coating is more durable but also far more brilliant than conventional aircraft paints – and stays that way, even in regions with extremely high UV radiation such as Australia.
“The Basecoat/Clearcoat technology is our invention. We were the first to establish this technology in the market, which is why we are the only company that is fully approved”, says Mr Andreas Ossenkopf, Head of the Mankiewicz Aviation Department. “While other suppliers are now trying hard to get their aircraft paints – which are based on our technology – ready to market, ours have been already successfully used for years.”
Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co is market leader in many fields of the coating industry. In the aviation sector the company is expert in interior, exterior and structural component coatings. Mankiewicz, lead by Michael O. Grau, with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, has more than 850 employees and is offering innovative coating solutions for the surface protection of vehicles, appliances, industrial machines and equipment in the aviation, yachting and automotive industries as well as agricultural and medical equipment for more than a century. Worldwide the company has 14 subsidiaries providing a dense distribution network.