Universal Plastics has a strong history and expertise of manufacturing custom solutions within the aircraft interiors industry. Our products include seating components for airlines, such as tray tables, seat backs, footwell trays, arm rests, etc.

Universal Plastics provides the following as your supplier for custom aerospace products:

  • Industry Leading Manufacturing: Universal Plastics is a leading custom manufacturer with expertise in servicing the aerospace market. Our manufacturing capabilities include custom thermoforming, injection molding (gas assist and structural foam) and custom blow molding for the aerospace, medical & general industrial markets.
  • Scale in Precision Thermoforming: Universal Plastics is the largest precision thermoformer in the Northeastern US, supplying our industry-leading OEM customers with vacuum forming, pressure forming and complex assemblies. In addition, we offer a full complement of secondary/finishing services, including class A high gloss (automotive finish) painting, RF/EMI shielding, drape forming, warehousing, etc.
  • Expertise in Aviation Materials: Universal Plastics has extensive experience working with all aviation grade materials, including Kydex, Boltaron, Schneller capped sheet, and SABIC Ultem. Our business processes flexible and can support high mix / low volumes, low mix / high volumes and the breadth in between, including the highly customized just in time requirements of the aviation business.
  • Tooling, Engineering & Design: Our 18 Engineers are supported by our in-house tooling department and have decades of experience designing complex parts and assemblies to produce industry-leading quality parts at globally competitive pricing.

Universal Plastics has strong expertise in aircraft interiors and has extensive knowledge of thermoplastics used in the industry. We have relationships with top aerospace thermoplastics suppliers and an intimate understanding of how to form parts in flame retardant grades (UL94-V0). For more information on the thermoplastic materials we work with, click here.

A few of the suppliers we partner with for plastic aerospace materials are:


  • Seat backs
  • Arm rests
  • Tray tables
  • Footwell trays

Airline Interior Seating Components:

Aircraft seating components made from thermoformed plastics offer light weight, outstanding cosmetic appeal, are colored through, and are fully FAR 25.853 25.853 flame retardant. Designs can be realized in as little as 4-6 weeks. The process is ideal for the low volumes and high mix, specialized, and ever changing designs of the aircraft interior business. We have considerable experience with both vacuum and pressure formed seating components along with complex upper-level assemblies and we are considered a world class supplier by the largest players in this industry. And that is not just for our consistent quality, but also for our ability to manage the complex logistics and short lead-times that characterize this industry.

Airline Interiors Expertise at Universal Plastics:

Universal Plastics would be glad to assist you in discussing a custom designed plastic solution for your specific aircraft interiors application. Contact us today to learn more.

Universal Plastics’ capabilities include a long legacy of expertise in manufacturing custom plastic aircraft interiors parts. Universal Plastics is the largest precision heavy gauge custom thermoformer in the Northeastern US with an asset base of 22 pressure formers, 14 vacuum formers and 26 5-axis trimming machines, supplying our customers with vacuum forming, pressure forming, including twin sheet forming and complex assemblies, with part sizes up to 12’ x 9’. In addition, we offer in-house tooling, an experienced engineering staff, and a full complement of secondary/finishing services, including our new state of the art paint booths which can produce automotive quality finishes. With a range of rotary formers, rapid manufacturing processes, and a global supply chain, we can produce thermoformed parts at the most competitive prices. Universal Plastics’ extensive experience designing pressure formed parts gives us the confidence to say we are experts in understanding the process advantages and limitations. Like all thermoforming, pressure forming is a process that is half science and half art – and we know we can make your part right the first time. In addition to custom thermoforming, Universal Plastics also offers injection molding (including gas assist and structural foam molding) and custom blow molding. We would be glad to talk with you about the optimal process for your needs.