3M Partnership Deal Focuses on Cleaner Aircraft Interiors
3M is teaming up with California-based Safran Cabin, which builds a range of jet cabin interior products. Adrien Daste / Safran

3M Partnership Deal Focuses on Cleaner Aircraft Interiors

The company’s technology will be used to help mitigate Covid-19 exposure in airplane cabins.
3M is teaming up with California-based Safran Cabin, which builds a range of jet cabin interior products. Adrien Daste / Safran

In the wake of the pandemic’s effects on air travel, Maplewood-based 3M Co. has teamed up with California-based Safran Cabin to design and create safer and cleaner aircraft interiors.

Safran Cabin produces jet cabin interiors with components including overhead bins, lavatories, galleys, and more. The company has 25 sites across the globe, operates in 10 countries and has more than 9,500 employees.

3M’s aerospace division already produces a range of adhesives, films, and sealants used in aircraft design. The company’s Transportation and Electronics business segment accounted for $9.6 billion in sales in 2019; that translated to 29.9 percent of the company’s total sales of $32.1 billion.

“Today, passengers choose their airline — considering not only safety, interactivity, and connectivity, but interior hygiene assurance,” said Stephen Shafer, VP and general manager of 3M’s Automotive and Aerospace Solutions Division, in a statement. “The most important factor is the protection of travelers and their families, and 3M continues to apply its technology to enable passenger safety in the skies. Safran is a leader in the industry and we have great synergy between the two companies.”

3M’s technology will improve cleaning and protection elements of aircraft cabin equipment with the goal of mitigating or improving the removal of bacteria and viruses such as Covid-19

“Clean interiors are an industry imperative, and we have with 3M an innovative partner and expert in cleaning, disinfection and protection, who can blend the latest in clean technology with the specialized plastics, decors, and composites used in aircraft interiors,” said Norman Jordan, CEO of Safran Cabin, in a statement.

New aerospace materials from the partnership are expected to be available in 2021.