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14th March 2019, Paris

FPC welcomes two new partners

Prof Dr Drechsler, Fraunhofer IGCV; Dr Matthias Meyer, BA Composites; Vincent Dwornik, Coriolis Composites; Thomas Gahr, Coriolis Composites; Ingo Karb, Compositence; Hannah Paulus, SGL Carbon; Andreas Wüllner, SGL Carbon; and Thorsten Gröne, Cevotec. © SGL Carbon

Prof Dr Drechsler, Fraunhofer IGCV; Dr Matthias Meyer, BA Composites; Vincent Dwornik, Coriolis Composites; Thomas Gahr, Coriolis Composites; Ingo Karb, Compositence; Hannah Paulus, SGL Carbon; Andreas Wüllner, SGL Carbon; and Thorsten Gröne, Cevotec. © SGL Carbon

The Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) of SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV, established at the SGL site in Meitingen, is constantly evolving. At this year's JEC World in Paris the partners celebrated the one-year anniversary of the centre and announced the acquisition of the two new partners Cevotec and Coriolis Composites.

Together with Cevotec, the plan is to set up a Samba Pro Prepreg processing line in Meitingen by mid-2020, which will complement the FPC's range of services with the novel Fibre Patch Placement Process.

“The Fibre Patch Placement process is particularly suitable for complex shaped components while achieving short cycle times. Through joint projects in the FPC, we will further develop our technology and create new applications together with our partners,” commented Thorsten Gröne, Managing Director of Cevotec.

Since the founding of the FPC, Coriolis has been represented indirectly with the robot-based Fibre Placement system Coriolis C1 through years of cooperation with the Fraunhofer IGCV. With the direct partnership of Coriolis, it is now intended to expand the FPC's machinery towards further automated production methods by means of a Coriolis Csolo system.

“Automation more and more turns into an essential part of the composites industry. Particularly, this is true for Fibre Placement processes. As partner of the FPC, we will contribute not only with our systems, moreover additionally with our sound expertise in robot-based Fibre Placement solutions,” said Thomas Gahr, of Coriolis Composites.

On over 500 m² of lab space with different high-tech machines, the FPC offers customers the possibility to develop production concepts and demonstrate their feasibility by prototyping. In addition, a production of fibre-reinforced components for the large-scale series can also be realised by SGL Carbon.

Besides SGL, Fraunhofer IGCV, Coriolis Composites and Cevotec, the FPC includes BA Composites, Compositence and the Technical University of Munich as partners.

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