SGL and Franhofer IGCV says that their fiber placement center (FPC) in Meitingen, Germany, has been officially opened.

The 500 m3 FPC is a space where engineers can develop new production concepts and demonstrate them in prototype production. In addition, SGL Carbon can begin the high-volume production of fiber-reinforced components. Both dry and pre-impregnated fibers with or different plastic resins and thermoplastic matrix systems can be processed.

SGL says that the development of secondary and primary structural parts with aerospace companies and various automotive parts manufacturers are already under way. The center is linked to SGL Carbon’s Lightweight and Application Center (LAC), a 1500 m3 facility also located at the Meitingen site.

‘For us as SGL Carbon, series production of composite-based lightweight components is a crucial element of our company and growth strategy,’ said Dr Jürgen Köhler CEO of SGL Carbon. ‘We want components made of fiber-reinforced plastics to become a standard in every major industry. One key is the right production methods – with fiber placement being one of several trendsetting approaches.’

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