SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have opened a new facility focused on fiber placement in Meitingen, Germany.

The 500 m² Fiber Placement Center (FPC) is also supported by Compositence GmbH, BA Composites GmbH and the Technical University of Munich and allows users to develop new production concepts and demonstrate them in prototype production. SGL Carbon says that it can begin with high-volume production of fiber-reinforced components and can process dry and pre-impregnated fibers with or different plastic resins, also referred to as thermoplastic matrix systems.

‘When it comes to lightweight design with carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP), efficient series production is key to further establish this material class in more and more applications and industries,’ SGL said in a press release. ‘The production method of fiber placement – and automated, load-path optimized, material efficient laying and cutting of fibers – plays an important role, as this type of method is ideal for industrial production.’

‘We want components made of fiber-reinforced plastics to become a standard in every major industry,’ said Dr Jürgen Köhler, CEO. ‘One key is the right production methods – with fiber placement being one of several trendsetting approaches. With the new center, we can now offer this technology, originally coming from the aerospace industry, to other sectors at an industrial level.’

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