Revolutionary Floorcovering to Debut in Hamburg

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A revolutionary new lightweight aircraft floor covering Â? which could help airlines save millions of pounds and replace conventional carpeting in aircraft Â? will be launched this week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2003 event in Hamburg.

The innovative new product will also be under the spotlight at both the Ft Lauderdale Aircraft Interiors Conference and Exhibition in April and at the Paris Airshow in June.

Flytex™ – manufactured by UK-based company Bonar Floors Ltd – weighs less than 1000g per square metre. That compares to conventional aircraft carpet, which weighs an average of 1,720g per square metre.

With every kilogram equivalent to a saving on running costs of $150 per year, fitting Flytex™ to an Airbus 340 - 500, for example, would reduce fuel costs by $32,000 a year. A Boeing 747 – 400 fitted with Flytex™ would cost $48,000 less to operate over a one-year period.

Specifically designed for the aircraft industry using flocking technology and expertise gained over 40 years, Flytex™ is incredibly hard wearing and durable, simple to clean, comfortable underfoot and water proof.

Fully compliant with all requisite regulations, it can be installed easily in less time than conventional carpet as it requires no edge binding prior to fitting. It will not fray when cut and also includes a layer of the fire retardant Nomex, the same material used in driver and pit crew clothing in Formula 1.

From a commercial perspective, Flytex™ offers the aircraft industry new opportunities for branding. Because patterns can be printed onto Flytex™, it will also allow operators to incorporate logos or complex graphics into their floor designs. These printed designs can be coordinated with other interior furnishings.

Bonar Floors has a well-established design studio, which will work on a one to one basis with customers to develop bespoke printed floor coverings that could incorporate airline logos or other branding.

The company has a proven track record working with technical personnel such as contractors, engineers and architects in other transport applications such as rail and marine.

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For further information on the press release please contact Richard Gee at GBCS Public Relations on +44 (0) 1159 508399, or e-mail

For further information relating to the product, please contact Tony Maureillo at Bonar Floors on +44 (0) 1773 744121.

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