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7th August 2017, Wiesbaden

Bicycle components made with TowPregs

SGL Group will showcase its expertise across the entire composites value chain, including new duroplastic and thermoplastic materials, as well as component exhibits featuring Volvo leaf springs and a CFC crossbeam at this year’s Composites Europe, taking place from 19-21 September in Stuttgart, Germany.

SGL will present its latest development in the area of composites: bicycle components made with carbon fibre TowPregs, produced in collaboration with AMC (Automotive Management Consulting) using its proprietary technology called xFK in 3D.

Innovative production process

The impregnated fibres for this innovative production process come from SGL. “SIGRAPREG TowPregs made of carbon and glass fibres are ideal for automated production processes and result in outstanding mechanical properties given their width consistency and high winding accuracy,” the company reports.

Innovative xFK in 3D bicycle bottle holder based on SGL TowPreg. © AMC

“In addition, they could also be produced with SGL’s new snap-cure prepreg resin systems that are currently under development. This would be an optimal solution to the serial production requirements of the automotive industry”.

AMC’s patent-pending xFK in 3D technology is a winding process that uses calculations and simulations to produce 3D fibre-reinforced components. The advantages are said to be that fibre placement is tailored to the force and stress requirements, as well as minimal material waste.

Virtual presentation

Another inspiring experience awaiting visitors to the SGL booth is a virtual presentation of the new Lightweight and Application Center (LAC) at the Meitingen site. With virtual reality glasses, visitors have the opportunity to witness the entire range of engineering services offered by the LAC team, as well as how tailor-made composite solutions are developed.

SIGRAPREG 50k-TowPreg: the impregnated semi-finished product based on carbon fibres. © SGL Group

Innovation area

Another highlight of this year’s trade show will be a newly set up innovation area called Composites Process Chain, which will present SGL’s comprehensive product range covering the entire value chain of composite components. Visitors of this innovation showcase initiative can experience the entire range of products that SGL has to offer, from fibres to components including the exhibition of the BMW 7 Series Carbon Core body.

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