Aerospace coatings

An airplane wing with aerospace coating

Aerospace coating on the global market

Aerospace coatings or aviation coatings include coatings for commercial and business aviation as well as for military air market, satellites and launch vehicles. Therefore, airplanes, helicopters, jets and other aircrafts flying above India are also aerospace coated.

The aerospace coatings market consists of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) branches. The aerospace coatings market is very versatile. Therefore, this article focuses on coatings applied on airplanes.

Aircraft paint and coatings are constantly developed to increase the quality and improve the properties. The aerospace coatings market is concerned with economic and environmental sustainability. Therefore, aerospace coatings and paint technology is constantly improving. Nano coatings for dirt resistance and drag resistant coatings are constantly developed and tested. It is also important that the coatings retain shiny colors/colors for a long time.

Aerospace coating market India

According to Markets And Markets, the global Aerospace Coatings Market will be worth $2,991.38 Million by 2019. The market in Asia-Pacific is the largest region, both in terms of volume and value, followed by Western Europe and North America. India, the U.S., China, Japan, France, Germany and Russia are expected to persist as successful aerospace coatings markets. The key players in the aerospace coatings market are AkzoNobel N.V. (The Netherlands), PPG Industries Inc. (U.S.), Henkel AG & Company (Germany), Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co. (Germany), Hentzen Coatings (U.S.), and The Sherwin Williams Company (U.S.). The markets in India and China are driving the Asia-Pacific aerospace coatings market due to increasing cargo traffic, rising number of air travellers, and international trade.

Aerospace types of coatings

aerospace coating applied on a white plane

All coatings used in airplane manufacture are aerospace coatings.

Many different types of coatings are applied on airplanes due to the fact that they are complex compositions which must endure extreme operating environments.

In an airplane there is coating on the inside as well as on the outside. The interior coatings must be resistant to corrosion for a long time due to limited access. An interior coating often lasts for about 20 years. The exterior, for its part, must be repainted more often.

Like most of the coatings, aerospace exterior coatings also have decorative and protective purposes. For example airline companies often express their logos and slogans on the airplanes. For instance, Air India has a red and orange logo. Additionally, the coatings can positively affect the performance. The following are some advantages of aerospace coatings:

  • Protect from climate extremes and contamination;
  • Prevent corrosion, fading and aging of the paint;
  • Resisting dirt and other contamination;
  • Improve laminar flow and reduce drag leading to lower fuel consumption;
  • Protect the surface from chemicals such as anti-ice and hydraulic fluids.

Aerospace coatings and paint technology

The coating applications for the interior of airplanes usually take place during the production phase. Normally, reapplication is not necessary. Coatings for the exterior is something else.

A commercial airplane exterior (Boeing 737) is coated on average every seven years and requires 8-15 people working 24/7 and 8-10 days. The aerospace coating process for airplanes includes the following steps:

  1. Stripping the aircraft;
  2. Applying primer;
  3. Applying paint with high volume, low pressure spray;
  4. Letting the coating dry (from 12h to a week).

The application process is long and costly. Therefore, it is important that the aviation coating is durable so that reapplication does not happen often. It should also be locally available due to the fact that the delivery costs may be very high. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Last but not least it should be fast drying to increase productivity and decrease the time the aircraft is “out of business”.

Available aerospace coatings in India

aerospace coatings can be used for decorating planes with logos and slogans.

Aerospace coatings can be used for decorating planes with logos and slogans.

There are only a handful of companies providing aerospace coatings in the world. For example the world’s leading coating manufacturers Akzo Nobel and Sherwin Williams. Below you will find an overview of the aerospace coating companies in India. Please contact us for more information. We are happy to help!

Company Address
Sherwin Williams aerospace coatings VIIN-NOVA CORPORATION
203, Meghdoot Building
94 Nehru Place
New Delhi 110 019, India
Akzo Nobel aerospace coatings DLF Cyber Terraces
Building No. 5
Tower A, 20th Floor
DLF Cyber City
Phase III, Gurgaon 122002
Haryana, India
International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI) Balapur P.O.,
Hyderabad – 500005,
Telangana,India
Star Hentzen Coatings Pvt. Ltd. Crescent Chambers, 56,
Tamarind Lane, Fort,
Mumbai 400001. India
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