GKN stand debuts Electronically Dimmable Window System at MRO Europe

Thursday 20 October 2016

Hoofddorp, GKN Aerospace’s business unit Fokker, introduces today at MRO Europe, a new Electronically Dimmable Window system called “Element EDW”. This smart transparency replaces the current window shades and improves passenger comfort substantially by managing daylight, heat and noise coming through aircraft cabin windows. Element EDW is developed in collaboration with InspecTech Aero Service and based on SPD-Smart dimmable window technology.

Designed for both single aisle aircraft and wide body aircraft, the commercial airline aftermarket is the key market for Element EDW. Fokker will offer the product as a modkit, containing the material to modify the aircraft, combined with installation instructions. Installation support or MRO capacity can also be provided. First delivery is planned in the third quarter of 2017. Fokker will showcase the Element EDW as part of the GKN Stand (booth # 12 - 411) at MRO Europe in Amsterdam.
Element EDW improves the cabin atmosphere by controlling outside elements coming through windows on multiple levels. Daylight can be controlled by electronically dimming the light coming into the windows. Heat can be kept outside the cabin, by insulation films included in the window, which can significantly reduce operational cost when an aircraft is parked in full sunlight on the ramp. Noise during flights is reduced through the improved acoustic properties of the window compared to traditional windows. Element EDW is the main product in the Element Suite product line of Fokker, representing a full range of products for commercial airlines to enhance passenger comfort.

Erik Geertsema, Vice President at Fokker Services says: “The innovative “Element EDW” is a great example of our capability of turning a novel technology into a viable product, in close collaboration with our partners.”

GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Over 55,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of £7.7 billion in the year to 31 December 2015.

GKN Aerospace is a global first tier supplier of wing, fuselage and engine structures, nacelle systems, landing gear and wiring systems, transparencies, ice protection systems and aftermarket services, with sales of GBP2.5bn in 2015 and a global workforce of over 17,000 employees. It has a significant participation on all major aircraft programmes today and a broad customer base spanning commercial, military, business aerospace and space markets. The company’s extensive engineering capability and clear focus on targeted innovation has created technological and manufacturing leads in each of its areas of expertise.

Fokker Technologies
Fokker Technologies is a business unit of GKN Aerospace and a leading global aerospace specialist that develops and manufactures highly engineered advanced aircraft systems and components for aircraft manufacturers and provides integrated maintenance services and products for aircraft owners and operators. The business was founded in 1919. Headquartered in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, Fokker Technologies operates facilities in the Netherlands, Romania, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, USA, China, India and Singapore, and employs approximately 4,950 people. 

For further information on this release, please contact:
Marianne Mulder, Communications Manager, marianne.mulder@fokker.com  m: +31 (0)651311217

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