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STG Aerospace set for record result

10th November 2008 - 18:16 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Emergency cabin lighting specialist STG Aerospace of the UK reports record sales over the last six months and says it is on course to log revenues in excess of £4 million for the full year to December, up 11 per cent on 2007 and its best-ever result.  

The company’s flagship product, the SafTGlo photoluminescent floorpath marking system, is installed on more than 5,000 airliners, equal to nearly a third of the world’s air transport fleet. Its new WEPPS (Wireless Emergency Primary Power System) for emergency lighting has been selected by Jet Airways of India and a number of other carriers.
 
“Airlines are realising that it’s vital to invest now in products that will generate big cost savings and to go on doing so in the future,” says STG chief executive Peter Stokes. “SafTGlo can cut costs on a Boeing 767 by up to $45,000 a year, while WEPPS will save even more.”

After a short period of charging with normal cabin lighting SafTGlo can store and simultaneously emit light for up to 16 hours in darkness, providing a low-cost and highly reliable alternative to electrical systems.

WEPPS promises significant cost savings by replacing the maintenance-intensive lithium ion batteries that currently power emergency lighting systems with longer-life, non-rechargeable lithium sulphur dioxide units. It also uses low-power spread-spectrum wireless technology to check the status of the batteries and all emergency lighting and report back to a compact diagnostic panel wall-mounted at the forward crew station. The latter can be used by cabin staff to check the flightworthiness of the whole emergency lighting system in seconds.

“WEPPS eliminates costs that have previously been accepted as inevitable,” says Stokes. “We calculate that over a billion dollars of annual maintenance costs could be driven out of the industry.” WEPPS won the 2008 Crystal Cabin Award for innovation at this year’s Aircraft Interiors show in Hamburg.

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