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SGL Group - The Carbon Company – announced today it has been selected by The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company, as the exclusive carbon fiber supplier for its new Genie gas cylinder.
In a major development for the compressed gas industry, Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, has launched GENIE® – a technologically advanced, groundbreaking range of gas cylinders that represents a significant revolutionary step away from traditional steel cylinders. The new lightweight cylinders hold more gas and have excellent portability. They also incorporate extensive new features, including in-built digital intelligence, unique regulators and an unprecedented range of accessories, which significantly enhance functionality and the user experience. It is the first time that a gas cylinder of this type has been launched on the market.
A highly innovative and ergonomically designed cylinder, GENIE® is a steel-lined, carbon fiber-wrapped pressure vessel encased within a tough, all-weather, recyclable high density polyethylene (HDPE) jacket. GENIE® is significantly lighter than its steel counterpart and its pioneering ergonomic design and highly stable, stackable, wide-diameter construction give it a strikingly different appearance from any previous compressed gas cylinder design.
For this application, SGL Group supplies SIGRAFIL® C50 T024 EPY, a carbon fiber with enhanced strength and stiffness. The unique properties of SIGRAFIL® C50 24k carbon fiber are specially designed for high performance requirements like pressure vessel winding.
About The Linde Group
The Linde Gases Division, part of The Linde Group, is a leader in the international industrial and healthcare gases markets, providing compressed, bulk, specialty and medical gases, as well as chemicals to virtually all fields of industry globally. The company adds value to its customers’ businesses through the provision of state-of-the-art application technology, process know-how, services and equipment. The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 50,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2011 financial year, it achieved sales of EUR 13,787bn. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
About SGL Group – The Carbon Company
SGL Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon-based products. It has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites. SGL Group’s core competencies are its expertise in high-temperature technology as well as its applications and engineering know-how gained over many years. These competencies enable the Company to make full use of its broad material base. SGL Group’s carbon-based materials combine several unique properties such as electrical and thermal conductivity, heat and corrosion resistance as well as high mechanical strength combined with low weight. Due to the paradigm shift in the use of materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Group’s high-performance materials and products from an increasing number of industries. Products from SGL Group are used predominantly in the steel, aluminum, automotive, chemical and glass/ceramics industries. However, manufacturers in the semiconductor, battery, solar/wind energy, environmental protection, aerospace and defense industries as well as in the nuclear energy industry also figure among the Company’s customers. With 45 production sites in Europe, North America and Asia as well as a service network covering more than 100 countries, SGL Group is a company with a global presence. In 2010, the Company’s workforce of around 6,300 generated sales of €1,382 million. The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden/Germany.
More information: www.sglgroup.com - http://www.linde.com