W. L. Gore & Associates Announces GORE™ SKYFLEX™ Aerospace Materials Used in China's First Large Commercial Jetliner to Protect from Abrasion and Corrosion

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W. L. Gore & Associates announces that the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) chose GORE™ SKYFLEX™ Aerospace Materials (tapes and gaskets) for use in its first large commercial aircraft, the C919.

GORE™ SKYFLEX™ Aerospace Materials will provide panel sealing and protect the C919 from abrasion and corrosion. Photo: W. L. Gore & Associates

GORE™ SKYFLEX™ Aerospace Materials will help to increase C919 production rate at the COMAC manufacturing plant and in the end user maintenance process.

In today’s competitive aircraft market, improving production efficiency and reducing maintenance downtime for aircraft OEMs are critical. That is why the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) chose GORE™ SKYFLEX™ Aerospace Materials (tapes and gaskets) for use in its first large commercial aircraft, the C919.

GORE™ SKYFLEX™ Aerospace Materials will provide panel sealing and protect the aircraft from abrasion and corrosion. GORE™ SKYFLEX™ Aerospace Materials are made from ePTFE, a patented, lightweight material that does not require curing like traditional polysulfide sealants, saving time and money during production and in service maintenance. “GORE™ SKYFLEX™ Aerospace Materials will help to increase C919 production rate at the COMAC manufacturing plant and in the end user maintenance process,” said Gore Product Specialist Andreas Eckert.

Launched on November 2, 2015, the C919 is a short-to-medium range commercial airliner designed and built by COMAC. The basic model is designed to cover a range of 4,075 km (2,500 mi), while the enhanced model can stretch to 5,555 km (3,450 mi).

“GORE™ SKYFLEX™ Aerospace Materials provide a unique solution for environmental and surface protection for the C919,” said Mr. Han Kecen, Deputy President, COMAC Shanghai Aircraft Design and Research Institute and Vice General Manager of C919 Project. “They are much easier to install compared with traditional materials."

For more information on GORETM SKYFLEXTM Aerospace Materials, visit http://www.gore.com/skyflex. For more on COMAC and the C919, visit english.comac.cc/products/ca
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About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
Gore is a technology-driven company focused on discovery and product innovation. Well known for waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® fabric, the company’s portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore posts annual sales of more than $3.2 billion and employs approximately 10,000 associates with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and China, and sales offices around the world. Gore is one of a select few companies to appear on all of the U.S. “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984. The company also appears regularly on similar lists around the world. Learn more at http://www.gore.com

About COMAC
Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) functions as the main vehicle in implementing large passenger aircraft programs in China. It is also mandated with the overall planning of developing trunk liner and regional jet programs and realizing the industrialization of civil aircraft in China. COMAC is engaged in the research, manufacture and flight tests of civil aircraft and related products, as well as marketing, servicing, leasing and operations of civil aircraft. COMAC is a state-owned limited liability company, which is formed with the approval of the State Council and jointly invested by State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) of the State Council, Shanghai Guo Sheng (Group) Co., Ltd., Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), Aluminum Corporation of China Limited (CHALCO), Baosteel Group Corporation, and Sinochem Corporation. COMAC was held on May 11th, 2008, and headquartered in Shanghai. Mr. Jin Zhuanglong serves as Chairman and Secretary of the Party Committee of COMAC, and Mr. He Dongfeng as President. For more info, visit http://www.comac.cc/
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