RELIANT WORLDWIDE PLASTICS NAMED FINALIST FOR PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL CRYSTAL CABIN AWARD
Reliant Plastics named one of three finalist for Material and Components category of the Crystal Cabin Award
Plano, Texas, March 18, 2015 - Reliant Worldwide Plastics, LLC, a leading global provider of injection-molding products and services to the commercial aerospace industry, announced that its patent-pending thermoplastic composite integrated seat back has been selected as one of three finalists for the esteemed commercial aerospace interiors industry Crystal Cabin Award. Competing in the Efficient Solutions category, also known as the "Material and Components" grouping, Reliant's product was chosen over a hundred entries for its innovative use of thermoplastic composites to reduce weight on commercial aircraft subsequently reducing the carbon footprint of aircraft while maintaining strength and aerospace safety requirements. The winner of the Crystal Cabin Awards will be announced in Hamburg, Germany on April 14, and the ceremony promises to be an exciting evening of innovation.
Utilizing a unique process to molecularly bond thermoplastics and carbon fiber impregnated composites, Reliant Worldwide Plastics has created a way to replace traditional aluminum structural, semi-structural and cosmetic components with its patent-pending technology, saving on average 40% weight. "Besides the integrated seatback, Reliant is currently producing patent-pending seat arms, tray tables and tray table arms out of the technology and also has patent-pending designs for seat legs, seat spreaders as well as other structural parts in development" said Craig Clark, CEO of Reliant Worldwide Plastics.
The Crystal Cabin Award, the "Oscar" of the aircraft interiors industry, has seldom been as exciting as it is in 2015, its 9th year. A panel of 24 international judges reviewed entries from 18 different countries across all categories of the award: Industrial Design and Visionary Concepts, Premium Class & VIP, Passenger Comfort Systems, Passenger Comfort Hardware, Material & Components, Greener Cabin Health - Safety & Environment, and University. Three finalists were selected for each category from a shortlist of 68 semi-finalists. In a number of the seven different categories this year, big-name heavyweights are fighting it out for the internationally coveted prize. "To make it to the final round of the competition is an accomplishment in itself when you consider we are competing against billion dollar companies who spend tens of millions on R&D each year" said Clark. "That tells you the power of our integrated thermoplastic composite seat back and we are quite proud of our design team in Gainesville, Texas."
About the Crystal Cabin Award:
The Crystal Cabin Award is THE international prize for innovation in the field of aircraft cabins. A high-caliber jury made up of renowned academics, engineers, specialized journalists and airline and aircraft manufacturer representatives comes together under the slogan "Let your ideas take off" to honor extraordinary cabin concepts and products. The competition was launched by Hamburg Aviation and is organized by the Crystal Cabin Award Association. The award, to date the only one of its kind, has been presented in association with the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg every year since 2007. The trophies have become a seal of quality, known and coveted around the world.
A list of finalists can be found on the website, www.crystal-cabin-award.com , in the Press section. Click on http://luftfahrt.hwf-service.de/CCA_Finalists_2015.zip for photo and text material with finalists' contact information.
About Reliant Worldwide Plastics:
Reliant Worldwide Plastics is a leading global provider of injection-molding products and services that combines world-class manufacturing with end-to-end management of the product life cycle. Founded in 1968, Reliant's vision is to transform commercial aircraft interiors with metal-to-plastic replacement components through its multiple patent pending technology and product set. Reliant is headquartered in Plano, Texas, has approximately 268 employees and maintains its production facility in Gainesville, Texas. Visit Reliant's web site at http://www.reliantplastics.com .