April 9, 2015
New labs at Lufthansa Technik
Lufthansa Technik AG is investing considerably into research and innovation as part of an ongoing investment program. To further enhance its future development activities, it recently opened a completely new chemistry lab, which has been integrated with the existing metallurgy lab in a new building at the Lufthansa Technik home base in Hamburg. With these facilities, the company has new capabilities at its disposal for comprehensive testing and materials research for the development of aircraft cabin products. One of the new capabilities is a fire safety lab. From fabric cushions in economy class and fine leather upholstery in business class to noble wood veneer, golden applications or fluffy carpeting in private VIP jets, the selection of materials that can be installed inside an aircraft cabin is extremely diverse. But not everything that makes life pleasant on board is also suitable for installation in an aircraft from a fire safety standpoint, so all materials used on board an aircraft have to undergo testing of their flame retardant characteristics. Lufthansa Technik performs such tests in its own fire safety lab in Hamburg.