Bostik is aware that the trends in the aerospace industry are ever-changing — trends like the growing interest in aerospace engineering or the green movement and a call for more eco-friendly and fire retardant materials to be used in aircraft. It is Bostik’s awareness of these aerospace trends that has placed our company at the forefront of the development of aerospace technology and chemistry. We are working hand-in-hand with the sharp young minds of today to go above and beyond the current industry standards.
The greatest trend in aerospace is the fast-growing interest in the field of study. Aerospace is now the fourth most popular field of study for engineering students. Currently, there are 65 university aerospace programs in the United States. Twenty-five of these programs are stand-alone departments, meaning their facilities and resources are not shared by any other field in the schools. This is how popular the study of aerospace has become. Bostik has seen this growing trend of interest. We have sought out and hired the brightest young minds to push the boundaries of adhesives and sealants used within the interiors of planes. These bold minds are bringing fresh ideas and cutting edge techniques to Bostik and helping create top-of-the-line eco-friendly adhesives and sealants. We do this to stay ahead of another current trend: the green movement.
Bostik is currently developing several new products for the interiors of planes to meet new standards placed by the EPA and FAA. The EPA has pushed for more environmentally friendly solvents to replace products like DuPont Freon, which contained harmful ozone-depleting chemicals. In fact, most of the products we are engineering are innovative replacements for materials phased out by EPA requirements and regulations on fire retardancy and safety. These products have been used in the industry for decades. Now, they have been deemed dangerous and harmful to the ozone layer and the entire environment, and the public is demanding more accountability from future products. We are creating the newest and greenest adhesives and sealants, such as our our interior adhesive Bostik Never-Seez, which meets all the standards set forth by the EPA and FAA and has become one of the most trusted adhesives in use.
Another of our eco-friendly efforts is a focus on fuel efficiency through lighter weight materials. In aerospace, weight determines cost. If a plane is lighter when it takes off, less fuel is burned and distributed into the air. If lower amounts of fuel can be used while an aircraft is operating, fuel costs and environmental costs are both lessened. Bostik is engineering products that are the most lightweight available. By doing so, we are saving our customers as much money as possible. The weight of the materials used to create the craft can be responsible for saving millions of dollars. In fact, according to a recent article in Aircraft Interiors International Magazine, one kilogram less in aircraft weight can save a fleet thirty tons of fuel in a year. This means not only dollar savings for the airlines, but huge environmental savings due to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Increased environmental responsibility and a growing interest in aerospace engineering are thrusting the aerospace industry to new heights. Safe and environmentally conscious products are part of the streamlining movement. As more bright, young minds enter the industry, Bostik is hiring those brilliant and eager engineers to develop the most innovative products available. Bostik is setting the standards in aerospace engineering. We aren’t just following the trends — we have become the trend-setters.