Nikon teams up with airline to coat planes in aerodynamic 'sharkskin film'

ANA Green Jet
ANA Green Jet Aircraft Featuring Special Livery (Image credit: Nikon / ANA)

Nikon has teamed up with All Nippon Airways (ANA) to produce a film coating that will increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions from aircraft. The riblet-processed film uses the concept of biomimetics, combining laser and microfabrication technology to form a shape that imitates sharkskin when it comes into contact with fluids. 

It seems like a strange collaboration, but Nikon isn't just in the business of making the best mirrorless cameras and DSLRs; it has proprietary laser processing technology, which not only helps in riblet processing but could also help save the planet. And we have sharks to thank for it. Who’d have thought it?

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.