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SGL Group welcomes selection of MAI Carbon cluster as one of the winners of the Leading-Edge Cluster initiative

News International-French

27 Jan 2012

SGL Group is a founding partner of the Leading-Edge Cluster initiative Munich, Augsburg-Ingolstadt Carbon, which was one of five winners in the third round of the Leading-Edge Cluster competition run by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Dr. Gerd Wingefeld, Member of the Board of Management of SGL Group, said: “The promotion of carbon fiber technology within the context of MAI Carbon will strengthen a key cross-sector technology for Germany as a center of innovation. Together with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, we intend to work with all partners in the cluster to develop the manufacturing of series production-ready components from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic and to establish the Munich-Augsburg-Ingolstadt region as a European center of excellence for CFRP lightweight construction”.

The Leading-Edge Cluster competition was launched in 2007 with the aim of supporting Germany’s most productive regional clusters in their strategic further development to help them become international leaders in their field. Each of the leading-edge clusters chosen will receive up to €40 million in government support over a period of no longer than five years.

72 companies, educational establishments and research facilities as well as supporting organizations from the Munich-Augsburg-Ingolstadt region are involved in the MAI Carbon Leading-Edge Cluster initiative, which was formed at the suggestion of Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV). The founding partners of MAI Carbon are Carbon Composites e.V., the companies Audi, BMW, Eurocopter, Premium AEROTEC, SGL Group and Voith as well as the Swabia Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and the Institute for Carbon Composites (LCC) at TU München (TUM). All partners involved are active in the technological field of high-performance fiber composite materials, and in particular in the area of carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). The focus is on developing series-production technologies for the user industries of automotive engineering and aerospace as well as mechanical engineering and systems manufacturing.

About Carbon Composites e.V.
Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV) is an association of around 150 companies and research facilities. CCeV links research and economy in the southern regions of the German-speaking world (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). It is headquartered in Augsburg. CCeV is a network of excellence aimed at promoting the use of fiber composites technologies. CCeV’s activities are geared toward the “marketable high-performance fiber composite structures” product group. It focuses on fiber composite structures with plastic matrixes, as are already well-established among the wider public due to their numerous applications, as well as fiber composite structures with ceramic matrixes allowing for higher resistance to heat and wear and tear.

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