PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) aerospace transparencies business is launching the brand name of its controllable electrochromic systems for aircraft passenger-cabin windows at the Paris Air Show, where a full-scale working demonstration enables visitors to experience the technology firsthand.
Alteos interactive window systems by PPG Aerospace are the world’s first electrochromic window systems for commercial aircraft passenger cabins, according to Tom Clark, PPG Aerospace general manager for transparencies.
The PPG Aerospace display with operating Alteos interactive window systems in cabin windows is at Hall 2B, Stand D57. The International Paris Air Show is June 15-21 at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre.
“Visitors can have the passenger experience with Alteos interactive window systems inside a simulated aircraft cabin,” Clark said. “Like passengers, they can interact with the system to select the amount of light transmitted through the windows from a clear state to a dark state, or an intermediate level.”
Alteos interactive window systems are designed to replace pull-down, mechanical and other types of shades for enhanced passenger comfort, interior aesthetics and aircraft operating efficiency, Clark said. They use electrochromic technology developed by Gentex Corp. PPG is supplying Alteos interactive window systems for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet and 2010 Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350i airplane, he said.
“We are finding enthusiastic reception for Alteos interactive window systems in discussions with numerous aircraft manufacturers about how to integrate them on new and existing aircraft,” Clark said. “They are exciting components for aviation because they enable aircraft interior designers to move away from pull-down and other shade systems to an advanced interactive system that complements the advanced interior design of the airplane.”
PPG Aerospace is the aerospace products and services business of PPG Industries. PPG Aerospace – Transparencies is the world’s largest supplier of aircraft windshields, windows and canopies. PPG Aerospace – PRC-DeSoto is the leading global producer and distributor of aerospace coatings, sealants, and packaging and application systems.
Pittsburgh-based PPG (ppg.com) is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 140 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. Sales in 2008 were $15.8 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG).
NOTE: This news release is part of the PPG Aerospace Paris Air Show press kit, which is available in its entirety at virtualpressoffice.com/kit/ppg.
Alteos is a trademark of PPG Industries.
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