AN AGREEMENT for the joint development of composite components for train interiors has been announced by GE Advanced Materials and China Railway Long Dragon New Composite Materials Co.

The high-strength panels, ceilings, floors and sidewalls will be made by China’s largest interior component maker using Rail-Lite composites supplied by Azdel, a joint venture of GE and PPG Industries.

The flame-retardant thermoformable lightweight sheets are made from long glass fibres, and half the volume of the material is air, giving a low weight.