Europe’s first carbon fiber pilot plant for aerospace inaugurated
SGL Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon-based products,
officially inaugurated a carbon fiber pilot plant for aerospace projects at the group’s central research facility in Meitingen, Germany, on May 26.
The new plant forms the core of the “AirCarbon” project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), in which European industrial partners led by SGL Group are for the first time developing high strength carbon fibers for use in aerospace.
Robert Koehler, CEO of the SGL Group, underlined the company’s commitment to the further development of carbon fiber technology, “Carbon fiber technology has become a key technology for Germany as an economic location. Over the past 10 years in Germany alone, we have invested some 200 million euros in new technologies as well as research and development. These investments, combined with the bundling of our global research and development activities in the central ‘Technology & Innovation’ research facility in Meitingen, mean that we chose the right path at the right time.”
Dr Gerd Wingefeld, member of the Board of Management responsible for Technology and Innovation, highlighted the importance of the new carbon fiber pilot plant for product and process development, “We will develop the next generation of high performance carbon fibers in this carbon fiber pilot plant, which is the most advanced of its kind in the world.”
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