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7th February 2020, Paris

New serial production solutions from SGL Carbon

Tailor-made large-scale fabrics production at SGL Carbon in Wackersdorf, Germany. © SGL Carbon.Tailor-made large-scale fabrics production at SGL Carbon in Wackersdorf, Germany. © SGL Carbon.

At this year’s JEC World, the largest trade fair for composites, which is being held from 3-5 March 2020 in Paris, SGL Carbon will focus on the topic of serial production for the automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors.

“The key is customized solutions with individual component designs combined with tailored materials and production processes ready for large scale production,” the company announced today. Under the motto The Solution Provider, the company will present selective innovative component solutions from all three areas in Hall 6, Booth D25.

“Thanks to our integrated value chain, from fibres to finished components, our Lightweight and Application Center, and our increasing portfolio of realized series-ready concepts, we offer our customers smart, tailor-made solutions all from a single source. In the future, we will increasingly apply our comprehensive expertise and highly efficient materials from the automotive industry into the aerospace and industrial sectors too,” explains Dr. Andreas Wöginger, Head of Technology of the Composites, Fibers & Materials business unit at SGL Carbon.

Selective applications with focus on serial production

In the field of automotive applications, SGL Carbon will present battery enclosures as a promising new application driven by increasing demand for electric vehicles and the resulting new flexible chassis platforms.

Prototype of composite battery enclosure for electric vehicles. © SGL Carbon.Prototype of composite battery enclosure for electric vehicles. © SGL Carbon.

The company will demonstrate a prototype of a battery enclosure based on carbon fibres. “However, hybrid composites with a mixture of glass and carbon fibers are also possible,” SGL adds. In early January, SGL Carbon received a major order from a North American automotive manufacturer for the serial production of top and bottom layers for battery enclosures, with production to begin at the end of 2020.

In addition, SGL Carbon will showcase for the first time a new leaf spring generation made from glass fibre composites that is used as a longitudinal leaf spring for the rear axle of the Ford Transit. In comparison to conventional leaf springs, the innovative composite leaf spring weighs up to 50% less, while offering increased security standards and supporting a one-to-one compatibility with standard springs. The Ford leaf spring complements SGL Carbon’s largescale production of transversal leaf springs for a great variety of Volvo models and the Mercedes Sprinter. In total, SGL Carbon has delivered more than 1.5 million leaf springs.

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