A strategic alliance of PPG Industries Inc. and the Polycast Technology Corp. division of Uniroyal Technology Corp. will join those challenging the dominance of Nordam Group in the aircraft acrylic window market. PPG's aircraft products division in Huntsville, Ala., is responsible for all sales, marketing and window fabrication, and Polycast in Stamford, Conn., for acrylic production. PPG and Uniroyal announced the initial, three-year agreement June 7.
Nordam's transparency division in Tulsa, Okla., controls a majority of the market and has been fending off a separate challenge from Pilkington Aerospace Inc. of Garden Grove, Calif.
``Polycast produces acrylic sheet, but didn't have an entree to the market,'' said Stephen duPont, Polycast marketing director. ``The deal with PPG gives us an avenue to get into the aftermarket.''
Polycast will continue to supply military-spec, high-optical-grade acrylic sheet to indepen-dent stretchers and fabricators.
PPG fabricates aircraft wind-shields and windows principally of glass and also of cast and stretched acrylic and polycarbonate in its Huntsville operations, which employ 600. PPG's AmpaSpace subsidiary in Casaletto Vaprio, Italy, produces acrylic aircraft transparencies.
``As a material supplier, Polycast needed to target ways and methods to have our product flow through the production and fabrications ends of the business to the end user,'' duPont said. ``Joining with PPG provides us with the best opportunity.''
PPG will maintain passenger-cabin window replacements in stock for Airbus Industrie, McDonnell Douglas Corp. and ATR aircraft at depots in Atlanta; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Melbourne, Australia; Toronto and Singapore.
``Once this alliance is fully in place, we expect to deliver product to an operator overnight from the time the order is received,'' said Thomas Clark, PPG aircraft products sales and marketing director.
PPG Industries is based in Pittsburgh, and Uniroyal Technology is in Sarasota, Fla.
The alliance focuses only on marketing issues and not on technology to deal with crazing of aircraft windows from pollution or volcanic activity.