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SGL Group and Gruschwitz to Develop Carbon Fibre Yarns in Future

03 December 2013

SGL and the Gruschwitz Group state they signed a cooperation agreement to develop and market high-performance carbon fibre yarns.

In this strategic partnership, the companies say Gruschwitz will in future market stretch-broken carbon fibre yarns developed by SGL Group and tailor them for specific customer applications.

SGL Group claims that it has expertise spanning the entire value chain from raw materials to carbon fibres and carbon fibre composites. Gruschwitz also claims that it concentrates on marketing specialty yarns, twisted industrial yarns and sewing threads in the automotive, healthcare, and other industries.

Christian Koppenberg, Global Sales Director SGL Group said, “We chose Gruschwitz as a partner because the company has comprehensive expertise in the development and production of industrial twisted yarns and other types of yarn and for many years has been an established specialist in high-performance yarns for the industrial textiles market. We want to build on this and expand beyond existing applications into new markets, utilising the special properties of carbon fibres such as high strength, heat resistance, and very good electrical conductivity. We want to translate these into new solutions for customers.”

Ditmar Schultschik, Chairman of Gruschwitz Textilwerke AG added, “This cooperation with SGL Group continues our successful strategy of working together with leading manufacturers of specialty fibres on best solutions that no-one else can provide. We expect this cooperation to spur on mutual growth based on know-how and innovation.”

SGL Group launched production of its newly developed SIGRAFIL C SBY stretch-broken yarns in November 2013. In addition to the typical properties of carbon fibres, this exceptionally fine yarn has very good knot and loop strength. These optimised yarn properties open up new textile processing possibilities such as sewing or knitting. The yarn is suitable for use as a heat conductor, because of its electrical resistance, or as a sewing or knitting yarn for highly stressed fibre composites, for example in the automotive industry.





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