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SGL Group joint venture receives grant for development of high performance precursor

News International-French

18 Feb 2011

European Precursor GmbH (EPG), a joint venture between SGL Group and Lenzing Group, received a Euro 1.5 million grant from the "Bavaria FIT" program under the Bavarian undersecretary of the state of Katja Hessel. EPG received the grant to fund the development of a novel precursor with revised properties; as unveiled on the 17th of February 2011.

Due to their unique properties, carbon fibers are in even greater demand as substitutes for traditional materials because of the rising cost of raw materials and energy. In the aerospace and defense industries, particularly high standards are placed on carbon fibers in terms of quality and processing. This is why respective work stages spanning from base polymer to the raw material, to carbon fiber production and the final composite products have to be in alignment. Precursors comprised of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fibers are the raw material needed for carbon fiber production and important for determining quality.


About EPG

EPG, based in Kelheim (Donau/Germany), was founded at the end of 2006 as a joint venture between SGL Group and Lenzing Group. The objective of the company is to develop and supply carbon fiber precursor exclusively for SGL Group and European production. Since the establishment of the joint venture, both parties have jointly invested approximately Euro 25 million in a production facility that serves industrial applications, particularly for use in the automotive engineering and wind energy sectors. This joint venture secures SGL Group's long-term supply of raw materials for carbon fiber production for these applications.


About SGL Group
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 as a result of the worldwide shortage of energy and raw materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Group’s highperformance materials and products from an increasing number of industries. Carbon and graphite products are used whenever other materials such as steel, aluminum, copper, plastics, wood etc. fail due to their limited properties. 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 more than 40 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 2009, the Company’s workforce of around 6,000 generated sales of €1,226 million. The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden/Germany.

Source : SGL Group