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SGL Group expands product range in the field of fiber-reinforced thermoplastics with organic sheets

News International-French

28 Apr 2015

The Carbon Company – presented its carbon fiber optimized for thermoplastic applications Sigrafil C T50-4.0/240-T140 for the first time back at the JEC 2014, the leading trade fair for the composite industry. The company is now expanding its portfolio in this field by one further new product: Organic sheets made from carbon and glass fibers.

Organic sheets are continuous fiber-reinforced laminates with a thermoplastic matrix. They combine the positive fiber properties of composite materials such as high rigidity and low weight with the familiar processing advantages of thermoplastics. Components made from organic sheets can be shaped in any final product geometry as well as repaired and recycled very effectively. Two standardized sizes are available to customers. In addition to this, SGL Group offers individual laminate structures in terms of orientation, textile architectures and wall thickness.

Andreas Wüllner, Chairman of the Business Unit Carbon Fibers and Composite Materials: "Thermoplastic fiber composite materials are a class of materials that offers completely new application and processing possibilities for carbon fiber materials. Thermoplastic solutions address key issues in the industry such as short cycle times, weldability, repairability or recycling. Together with our customers, we can benefit from the cost and processing advantages involved."

Holistic solution
An interdisciplinary team, characterized by particularly close cooperation between the Business Unit and the Research department, has been put together within SGL Group for customer-specific material and process development along with production and marketing of fiber-reinforced thermoplastics. Customers profit from this combined expertise with customized solutions. Alongside marketing semi-finished goods, the new group offers various individual services. With these, the team offers customer support in fields including engineering and prototyping.

Dr. Andreas Erber, head of the newly established team: “SGL Group regards itself as a particularly effective holistic solution provider in the field of thermoplastic composite materials. Thanks to its comprehensive understanding of the entire process chain from carbon fiber to the fiber-reinforced semi-finished goods and finally the thermoplastic lightweight structure, SGL Group can offer its customers individual support on the path to achieving an innovative solution that is cost-effective at the same time.”

Years of expertise from the Business Unit and Research combined
Dr. Tilo Hauke, head of the central Research and Development department T & I: “At an early stage, SGL Group identified the field of thermoplastic composite materials as a dynamic area for growth and is now profiting from the established expertise. More than two years ago, we launched a thermoplastic program in which all of the research and development activities from carbon fiber up to application in structural components are combined.”