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Innovation Planets Parts - MOBILITY

JEC World

Hybrid seating structure

Fraunhofer ICT

Genesis of your product. why and for whom?

Commercial aircraft seats are complex to recycle. We developed an aircraft seat based on sustainability criteria: simplified recycling by using one polymer type, function integrated light-weight design, effective processes for series production of parts, elimination of toxic primers.

Benefits for the final customers?

The seat is built as a functional-integrated light-weight carbon fiber design from one polymer type.


  • easy to recycle without disassembly
  • reduced number of components
  • improved automation with efficient mass production processes (WCM,SMC)
  • low maintenance
  • reduced CO2 emissions.

The product : materials and processes

The product is a hybrid seating structure for an aircraft consisting of polyurethane (PU). The solid parts are carbon fibre reinforced and manufactured with wet compression moulding (WCM) and sheet moulding compound (SMC). These parts are joined together with a PU adhesive. Metals inserts are coated with a nano-porous adhesion layer by plasma polymerisation.

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