Lightweight elements for marine applications

Metawell® lightweight panels and components are perfect for the wide use in shipbuilding, because of their low weight, high bending strength, additional corrosion protection and minimal material thicknesses. Therefore Metawell® lightweight components are often used e.g. on cruise ships, ferries, luxury yachts and mega yachts. Compared with solid aluminium a weight saving of up to 80 % can be achieved with Metawell®.

The lightweight panels made of aluminium are specifically approved for shipbuilding. For the necessary tests the whole sandwich material was tested. The certificate MED/3.64 C Class Division (Marine Equipment Directive – Directive 2014/90/EU, also called IMO/SOLAS, wheelmark, EC-Type Examination Certificate) is available.

Metawell® is produced in Germany and is successfully and extremely versatile used in shipbuilding. With an experience of more than 40 years, we can assist you in finding a technically and economically useful solution – from the lightweight panel to ready-to-be-installed components.

Advantages

  • Good corrosion resistance thanks to the use of suitable seawater aluminium alloys according to DIN and an additional primer

  • Easy processing by using commercial woodworking machinery and best practices of carpenters – both in the workshop or directly on board

  • Easy installation of mounting parts through e.g. glueing, screwing, riveting

  • Corrosion protection, also of the core

  • Individual surfaces by: digital printing, lamination, coating. On request powder-coatable panels can be offered The material is suitable for interior design up to the C Class Division and also for the protected outdoor area

  • Good sound attenuation

  • The material is suitable for interior design up to the C Class Division and also for the protected outdoor area

  • Certification according MED/3.64 C Class Division (Marine Equipment Directive – Directive 2014/90/EU, also called IMO/SOLAS, wheelmark, EC-Type Examination Certificate)

  • Longtime experience in the shipbuilding industry

  • Delivery of tailored panels and machined parts on request

  • 100 % recyclable, approx. 80% of secondary aluminium

Sustainability

Aluminium
Due to the mining of bauxite and the high energy requirements in the production of primary aluminum, the material aluminum is often criticized. What is often not considered in this discussion, however, are the advantages that arise from the use of aluminum:

  • Unlimited recyclability and the resulting increase in the amount of secondary aluminum in circulation
  • Multifunctional and durable material, thanks to its properties in construction and transport, in plant and mechanical engineering and in many other areas, applications can be implemented that save energy permanently and efficiently
  • The energy used in the initial production of the metal is not lost, but is stored in the products and „reactivated“ during recycling. The energy used for recycling is up to 95% lower compared to primary aluminium.

Metawell GmbH
The environmental management system is certified according to DIN EN ISO 14001. No toxic substances are released through the manufacture of the products, either during or after production.
Materials used for production undergo detailed environmental screening before release. The heat generated during production is used to heat the administrative buildings, while groundwater is used for cooling via a heat exchanger.

Recycling Metawell 2023

Wall linings

Large format Metawell® panels can be used on a ship as walls or wall linings. They can be integrated into any interior design with paints, digital printing, film-coating or HPL. Curved parts and parapet claddings are implemented with the easily formable Metawell® Aluflex. This enables custom interior designs for bars, lounges, theatres or discotheques with hardly any technical limitations.

Learn more about our lightweight walls and panels for ships.

Ceiling solutions

Large-sized ceiling elements with Metawell® aluminium sandwich panels require only a simple substructure. With the lightweight but dimensionally stable Metawell® aluminium panels, not only the standard frame design is possible, but also self-supporting suspended ceiling canopies be realised easily. Curved ceiling domes without residual stress can also easily be realized with Metawell® Aluflex.

Learn more about our lightweight ceiling solutions.

Floors and platforms

There are solutions for floating floors as well as raised floors and platforms.

Learn more about our lightweight floors and platforms.

Ship furniture and special constructions

Because of their good sound attenuation characteristics and their bending strength, Metawell® aluminium panels are used for the construction of ship furniture and special constructions. The combination of Metawell® and Metawell® Aluflex allows all kinds of creative designs.

Learn more about our column cladding, beam cladding & more for shipbuilding.

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Metawell® interior wall cladding with tongue & groove

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Metawell® column cladding with tongue & groove

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