SPIRIANT Design Team meets BASF
I know what you’re thinking: “BASF is a chemical company. What does the SPIRIANT design team have to do with them?” Well, at first sight, nothing. However, there are some designers in the BASF “Design Factory” that bring together a unique combination of expertise from Chemists, Engineers and Designers. Those of you who had the pleasure of studying chemistry at school would know that chemists are experts at creating (artificial) materials, which makes them the perfect match with the SPIRIANT design team!
This is why our designers, among 100 others, did not hesitate to join the BASF experts for their annual design-factory networking event, where recent material trends were presented at different booths. The goal of the day was to interact with experts and find new applications for the materials that BASF creates and give our designers inspiration for new product ideas.
Since SPIRIANT products, as you can imagine, need to withstand a number of shocks on board and on the ground (think of all the rotable inflight products that require cleaning after usage!), the enhancement of scratch-resistant and dirt-repellant surfaces and coatings promoted an active exchange between both parties.
We wouldn’t be SPIRIANT, however, if we couldn’t present you the first fruit of our SPIRIANT – BASF cooperation already: our intelligent wine coolers that we developed for two leading European Airlines are equipped with the BASF-made material Neopolen® P, which works as a clever solution to keep your wine at its optimal temperature and present it in a very classy and elegant way. Having created such fabulous products as a result of this partnership, further joint workshops have been planned throughout the year, where we hope to invite our customers to be a part of the creative process.
One major topic that you can’t get past when experts come together to discuss materials is, of course, sustainability. Since its combustion doesn’t affect the CO2 balance and because it can be composted within a few weeks, our new star in the material world regarding eco-friendliness turns out to be bio-plastic. It could be the solution should our industry decide to follow in the footsteps of France, where disposable products will be completely forbidden by 2020.
It could be a very real possibility that in the not-so-distant future only rotable products find their way on board. When do you think that will happen? Let us know!