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Airbus A400M military transport aircraft features composite fuselage ice protection plates made with glass fabric-based Fortron polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) from Celanese Corporation.
Fortron PPS is incorporated into a glass fabric by TenCate Advanced Composites. Fokker Aerostructures in Hoogeveen, Germany, processes the material into finished panels, which protect sides of the fuselage alongside the propeller tips from damage caused by chunks of ice flung from the propellers.The glass fiber reinforced Fortron PPS material was selected because it provides excellent impact resistance, and is used on the fixed wing leading edges of the Airbus A380.About Celanese:Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. With sales almost equally divided between North America, Europe and Asia, the company uses the full breadth of its global chemistry, technology and business expertise to create value for customers and the corporation. Celanese partners with customers to solve their most critical needs while making a positive impact on its communities and the world. Based in Dallas, Texas, Celanese employs approximately 7,600 employees worldwide and had 2012 net sales of $6.4 billion. More information: www.celanese.com