25 August 2007
25 August 2007
The SGL Group has arranged with the Technical University of Munich to establish a chair for carbon fibres and carbon fibre composites, initially set up for eight years funded by SGL for a total of €4.8 million.
Working in close cooperation with the faculty chairs for mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics and IT, the ""SGL Group Chair for Carbon Composites"" will be dedicated to the comprehensive analysis of carbon fibre-based materials and their processing as well as construction and calculation procedures. This is intended to generate a deeper understanding of the entire value chain from raw material through carbon fibres and the textile product as well as material through to the finished component.
The Technical University of Munich is an internationally recognized research university that has earned itself an excellent reputation in the worlds of science and business for natural and engineering sciences in particular. By establishing this sponsored chair, the SGL Group and TU Munich are laying the foundation for long-term, interdisciplinary cooperation in the future field of carbon fibres and carbon fibre-reinforced composites. As a result, the Garching research site in Munich will also benefit from a research focus on ""Carbon Composites"" and a ""Center for Carbon Composites"" (CfCC).
SGL has production facilities in Scotland and the US and a future area of focus in Germany: in-house production of the polyacrylic nitrile raw material (precursor) for carbon fibres at the Kelheim location near Regensburg, as well as the ongoing and planned investments in carbon fibres and composites at the Meitingen/Augsburg location. SGL Group has also bundled its global R&D activities at its Meitingen site. SGL say that setting up a chair at TU Munich in Bavaria is therefore a key component of the corporate strategy of further expanding the SGL Group's R&D activities as part of the local value chain within their Carbon Fibers & Composites Business Unit.