Magnesium Elektron debuts Elektron 43 in passenger seating
March 10, 2014, Markdorf, Ger. - German-based ZIM FLUGSITZ is manufacturing seats with major structural components made from Magnesium Elektron's Elektron 43, which marks the first time the component has been used in aviation passenger seating.
The new seats will offer considerable weight reduction compared with aluminum alloys that are generally used in aviation seating, with the same strength and ductility of a metallic component.
The first of the new seats will put into service in the later part of this year in a low-volume non-commercial aviation platform.
ZIM FLUGSITZ research and development vice-president Uwe Salzer said: "There is always a need for weight reduction, and magnesium can be a solution for certain components."
"There is always a need for weight reduction, and magnesium can be a solution for certain components."
Magnesium Elektron alloys have been common components in military aircraft and critical engine components for civil aircraft for many years,
In the last decade, Magnesium Elektron has also been working with regulatory bodies, aircraft manufacturers, as well as seat makers to secure acceptance for magnesium use in civil aircraft interiors.
In June 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved conditional use of magnesium in aircraft seats, following the Magnesium Full Scale.
Magnesium Elektron Europe Wrought Products technical sales manager Steve Montisci said: "Although it is still a little early to expect a breakthrough into high-volume applications, this project is an important step and will demonstrate the benefits that Elektron magnesium alloys can bring to future light weighting strategies for commercial aircraft designers and operators."