29 Mar “Is your airplane ready for the future?”
Devan CEO Sven Ghyselinck looks into the future of aircraft interiors and explains how textiles can play a vital role.
For Devan Chemicals, an R&D driven manufacturer of finishing technologies for textiles, the sky is not the limit, it’s only the beginning. Inspired by what they are doing in other textile market segments, like clothing and bedding, the company is now looking to tackle various causes of discomfort on board an aircraft, by offering an extensive and diverse range of textile treatments. “We like to hold future-forward brainstorms with global textile companies, looking into trends and provoking new ideas and concepts by sharing our experiences in other market segments”.
For those of you who often travel on long-haul flights, the following will probably sound familiar: heavy legs, not being able to sleep, a dehydrated skin from the dry air, etc. “At Devan, we have developed a comprehensive Health & Wellness product range to be applied to textiles which can address these long-haul flight issues”, the CEO explains. “Facemasks, pyjamas or compression socks for First Class passengers that can offer skincare benefits; blankets with a pleasant fragrance; pillows that help you fall asleep more easily. These are no longer a thing of the future, it’s already here”, he continues.
Devan recently teamed up with the Japanese pharmaceutical company Kaneka, and successfully added Ubiquinol, a more advanced and 100% natural form of Q10, to their ever-evolving range of active ingredients for skincare and wellbeing in general, named R-Vital®. “Textiles enhanced with Ubiquinol deliver their optimal effect when in direct skin contact for a minimum of three hours, perfect for that long-haul flight!”, Sven Ghyselinck adds.
A Fresh and clean environment
Devan has been talking to many suppliers of the textiles used for aircraft interiors and has learned about the challenges of keeping cabins fresh and clean for a long period of time. Unwanted odours and stains from food or drink spills are just a few of the concerns of both the passengers and airline personnel.
“Our long history of developing technologies for all kinds of different textiles and market segments allows us to understand the headaches the airlines face and allows us to offer them solutions. Permanently fixed anti-microbial solutions for biological odours, or odour breakdown technology for chemical smells coming from foam materials or other components in the cabin could provide an answer to these concerns”, Sven Ghyselinck says.
The company even offers a probiotic-based allergen control solution for your seats and carpets, a technology that was created ten years ago for the bedding market to prevent household allergies.
The future is green, and so are Devan’s flame retardants
For obvious reasons, airline textiles are obliged to meet very strict flame retardancy (FR) regulations. Besides the FAR norm (burning behaviour), some airlines also choose to upgrade their FR performance in compliance with (the Airbus) ABD norms for smoke density and toxicity.
“We notice more and more that global consumers seek out more environmentally friendly textiles in their beds, personal clothing and home furnishings. So why not offer them the same level of comfort and peace of mind inside your aircraft?”, the CEO asks.
Devan has what it takes to help you in reaching these standards in an environmentally friendly way: “halogen-, antimony-, and heavy-metal free”. The company also has solutions that lock the flame retardancy inside the yarn, so less of a topical chemical treatment is needed.
Are you ready?
To conclude, Sven Ghyselinck addresses himself to the airline corporations: “Why wait until others have the future? We regularly hold future-forward brainstorms with global textile companies, looking into trends and provoking new ideas and concepts by sharing our experiences in other market segments. Some of these interactions result in our ‘Future Lab’ projects: highly collaborative and tailor-made developments, for 2020 or beyond.”