Teijin Aramid, MACRO Industries collaborate to develop fire-resistant air freight containers

Teijin Aramid and MACRO Industries have agreed to develop and market a more durable, fire-resistant air freight container, the companies said.

The super strong, lightweight Twaron fiber will be used to create the new Unit Load Devices (ULDs) that meets the high safety standards in aviation.

This agreement with MACRO Industries represents Teijin Aramids goal to collaborate with partners and participate in a global ecosystem where people work with Twaron.

The MACRO-Lite ULDs are built with the next generation reinforced composite materials making the containers fire-resistant for over 4 hours according to recent testing by the FAA and UPS*. According to statements made by UPS – based upon this testing – the usage of the para-aramid fiber Twaron makes the containers significantly lighter and more durable than standard aluminum containers. Teijin Aramids super fiber Twaron is heat-resistant and five times stronger than steel at the same weight.

MACRO-Lite can be easily used as a replacement for existing aluminum panels in operational ULDs and it allows fleet operators to easily upgrade their containers. Upgrading to MACRO-Lite skins also reduces the cost and frequency of repairs.

The MACRO-Lite ULD has the benefit of a high performance composite material but behaves like sheet metal making it more durable and cutting the costs for servicing and maintenance. It´s expected that there are about 900,000 aluminum ULDs in circulation globally that can be replaced with MACRO-Lite panels.

ULDs with MACRO-Lite panels can contain a fire with a peak temperature of 1,200-degree Fahrenheit (648.9°C) for four hours, while an aluminum container could only do so for a few minutes. The extra time is crucial in allowing flight crews to land safely in the event of an in-flight fire. In addition, this higher fire-resistance will allow cargo companies to comply with potentially stricter safety regulations regarding the transport of lithium-ion batteries.

MACRO-Lite addresses the air industry´s increasing concerns over fire hazards and stricter safety regulations for the transport of lithium-ion batteries.