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BMW Group and SGL Group to Triple Production Capacities at Moses Lake Carbon Fibre Plant

13 May 2014

SGL Group and BMW Group will triple the capacity of the Moses Lake Carbon Fibre Plant in Washington, US.

SGL Group claim the site expansion will make Moses Lake, which is exclusively used for BMW I models, the largest carbon fibre plant in the world, and make it possible for the BMW Group to apply carbon fibre material in other model series in the future, at competitive costs and in large quantities.

Dr. Jürgen Köhler, CEO, SGL Group commented “With its highly automated carbon fibre production and stringent quality standards, Moses Lake is setting new standards in the industry. At present, the site is the world’s fastest growing carbon fibre producer. Together with the BMW Group, we are doing pioneering work to establish CFRP as a material in large-series automotive production. In a mix of materials, CFRP offers new opportunities in lightweight construction for eco-friendly mobility.”

Dr. Klaus Draeger, Board Member Purchasing and Supplier Network, BMW AG added “CFRP is a key material for the automotive industry of the 21st century. In our endeavour to identify increasingly lightweight materials in order to reduce a vehicle’s weight and thus its fuel consumption and carbon emissions, this material plays a crucial role. As part of an intelligent mix of materials, we will apply carbon also beyond our BMW i and BMW M models in the future. Thanks to the pooling of the SGL Group’s expertise and our knowledge in large-series production of CFRP components, we will be able to produce the ultra-lightweight high-tech material also for other model series, at competitive costs and in large quantities.”






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