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SGL Group presents innovative product solutions right across the carbon fiber value chain

News International-French

5 Mar 2015

At this year‘s JEC Europe in Paris, the leading trade show for the composites industry, SGL Group – The Carbon Company – is exhibiting innovative applications for carbon fiber-based materials right across the entire value chain.

These range from carbon fibers through textile products, preforms, and prepregs to finished CFRP components. The company is developing new product solutions for strategic growth industries such as automotive, the wind energy sector, and numerous other industrial applications.

For the first time, SGL Group is exhibiting pre-impregnated TowPregs: fiber bundles from carbon or glass fibers with excellent winding behavior and constant width that are especially suitable for challenging winding and lay-up processes. The specific characteristics of SIGRAPREG® TowPregs not only give components very good mechanical properties but also permit much more uniform lay-up to the highest degree of precision. TowPregs also offer advantages over standard wet winding. They save customers time and money, while at the same time providing benefits in terms of health & safety and environmental protection.

Another innovation from SGL Group is continuous carbon fiber tow for fiber-reinforced thermoplastics. Components with a thermoplastic matrix can be very readily shaped, repaired, and recycled. So our material makes an important contribution to sustainability and efficiency and opens up new possibilities for serial production.

Dr. Andreas Wöginger, Vice President Product and Technology Management of the Business Unit Carbon Fibers & Composite Materials at SGL Group, says: “With these new products, we are supplying solutions for the development and manufacture of competitive lightweight construction innovations perfectly tailored to the requirements, applications, and technical capabilities of our customers”.

Another highlight of our current developments is a SIGRAPREG® prepreg with a newly developed transparent resin system, which is particularly suitable for visible components in the automotive and other sectors. The use of this prepreg in combination with the innovative SIGRATEX® design fabric from SGL Group produces components with extremely high surface quality and a stylish appearance.

Peter Weber, Vice President Sales and Marketing of the Business Unit Carbon Fibers & Composite Materials at SGL Group, summarizes: “At this year’s JEC, we are focusing on our products and especially our product innovations. We are particularly proud this year to present the revolutionary BMW i8 on our booth as a special eye catcher. The entire passenger cell of this vehicle is made from our carbon fiber composite materials. With this exclusive exhibit, we are not only highlighting our activities in the automotive sector but also demonstrating our expertise right across the composites value chain.”