SGL Group and BMW Group: New Carbon Fiber Plant to be Built in Moses Lake, WA

Posted on 30. Nov, 1999 by in BMW Canada

06.04.2010
SGL Group and BMW Group: New Carbon Fiber Plant to be Built in Moses Lake, WA

US$ 100 million investment for a initial proviso of production
80 new jobs to be total in Moses Lake for a initial proviso
Green appetite source is a vicious preference cause

Seattle, Apr 6, 2010. SGL Group and BMW Group jointly announced now during an eventuality in Seattle that their corner venture, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC, will build a state-of-the-art CO fiber prolongation plant in Moses Lake, WA. During a initial phase, US$ 100 million will be invested and 80 internal jobs will be created.

The new trickery is an critical component of both companies plan to commercialize viable prolongation of ultra light weight CO fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for use in destiny car concepts. The fibers done during Moses Lake will be used exclusively for BMW Groups arriving Megacity Vehicle. In Feb of this year, BMW Group announced that this new car for civic mobility set to be launched before 2015 underneath a BMW sub-brand will be fabricated in Leipzig, Germany. Now, a pivotal square of a Megacity Vehicle has a bottom in a USA.

In line with BMW and SGLs heading roles in tolerable business operations, a preference to build a CO fiber plant in Moses Lake was formed essentially on a accessibility of renewable purify hydropower and rival appetite costs in a state of Washington. Favorable infrastructure conditions, existent utilities, a learned labor force and palliate of operative with a internal supervision were also contributing factors in selecting Moses Lake as a location.

This new plant in Moses Lake is a miracle in a use of CO fibers for vast scale prolongation in a automotive industry, pronounced Robert Koehler, CEO SGL Group. It will be a worlds many cost fit CO fiber plant regulating state-of-the-art technologies. This poignant investment serve underlines a joining to a U.S., where we already work CO fiber and combination materials plants. The make of CO fibers is a core business for SGL Group and together with a partner BMW Group, we will safeguard that CO fibers play a insubordinate purpose in lightweight automotive construction.

We cruise CO fiber a cutting-edge material. Our corner efforts will make tolerable mobility probable in civic environments. Acting sustainably is partial of a corporate strategy. Our concentration includes a whole value chain. Therefore, a appetite direct for producing CO fiber will come from environmentally accessible hydropower, pronounced Friedrich Eichiner, Member of a Board of Management, Finance, BMW AG. Lightweight construction is a core aspect for tolerable mobility improving both fuel expenditure and CO2 emissions, dual pivotal elements of a EfficientDynamics strategy. With regulating CFRP components in a Megacity Vehicle, we take tolerable mobility a step further. By mixing a know how of SGL Group and a imagination in prolongation CFRP components, we will be means to furnish CO fiber extended components in vast volumes during rival costs for a initial time. This is quite applicable for electric-powered vehicles such as a Megacity Vehicle.

The prolongation of CFRP involves several work stages. The tender element indispensable to make CO fibers, a polyacrylonitrile (PAN) formed precursor, will be constructed by a corner try between SGL Group and a Japanese association Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC) in Otake, Japan. In a subsequent step, a trickery in Moses Lake will modify a polyacrylic fibers into a tangible CO fibers. These fibers are afterwards processed into light weight CO fiber fabrics during a second corner try site in Wackersdorf, Germany. The CFRP tools and components will afterwards be done from these fabrics during a BMW Group Plant Landshut, Germany. The public of a Megacity Vehicle will take place during a BMW Group plant in Leipzig, Germany where now a operation of BMW 1 Series and a BMW X1 are being built.

SGL Group and BMW Group have cooperated for many years in a area of CO fiber composites and have total their core competencies to industrialize a automotive use of CO fibers in a corner try founded in Oct 2009.

SGL Group contributes a imagination in high opening materials and a knowledge with CO fiber formed materials. As a usually European CO fiber and combination materials manufacturer, a association covers a whole value chain. BMW Group contributes a imagination in light weight automotive pattern and prolongation and draws on a many years of knowledge with CO fiber reinforced components for a BMW M code and a competition cars.

The corner try operates by dual companies, one formed in a USA (SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC) and a other in Germany (SGL Automotive Fibers GmbH Co KG). SGL Group binds 51% of a shares and a BMW Group 49%.

Sustainability and Recycling
Along a whole supply chain, ecological, amicable and mercantile aspects will be aligned. For this reason, a make as good as estimate of a CO fibers and CO fiber composites will be achieved with clever care to environmental resources. The Moses Lake prolongation site will use hydropower as a eco-friendly appetite source and processes are being grown to recycle CO fibers and downstream combination materials.

About SGL Group The Carbon Company

SGL Group is one of a worlds heading manufacturers of carbon-based products. It has a extensive portfolio trimming from CO and graphite products to CO fibers and composites. SGL Groups core competencies are a imagination in high-temperature record as good as a applications and engineering imagination gained over many years. These competencies capacitate a Company to make full use of a extended element base. SGL Groups carbon-based materials mix several singular properties such as electrical and thermal conductivity, feverishness and gnawing insurgency as good as high automatic strength total with low weight. Due to a model change in a use of materials as a outcome of a worldwide necessity of appetite and tender materials, there is a flourishing direct for SGL Groups high-performance materials and products from an augmenting series of industries. Carbon and graphite products are used whenever other materials such as steel, aluminum, copper, plastics, timber etc. destroy due to their singular properties. Products from SGL Group are used primarily in a steel, aluminum, automotive, chemical and glass/ceramics industries. However, manufacturers in a semiconductor, battery, solar/wind energy, environmental protection, aerospace and invulnerability industries as good as in a chief appetite attention also figure among a Companys customers.
With 43 prolongation sites in Europe (23), North America (11) and Asia (8)as good as a use network covering some-more than 100 countries, SGL Group is a association with a tellurian presence. In 2009, a Companys workforce of around 6,000 generated sales of 1.2 billion. The Companys conduct bureau is located in Wiesbaden/Germany. The North American domicile are located in Charlotte/North Carolina.

Your contact:
Corporate Communication / Tino Fritsch
Telephone +49 (611) 6029-105 / Telefax +49 (611) 6029-101 / Cell +49 (170) 5 40 26 67
E-mail: tino.fritsch@sglcarbon.de / www.sglgroup.com

Corporate Communications North America / Elizabeth Breyer
Phone +1 (704) 593 5165 / Fax +1 (704) 593 5244 / Cell +1 (704) 3 40 47 97
E-mail: elizabeth.breyer@sglcarbon.com / www.sglgroup.com

The BMW Group

With a 3 brands — BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce a BMW Group is one of a worlds many successful reward manufacturers of cars and motorcycles. It operates internationally with 24 prolongation sites in 13 countries and a tellurian sales network with illustration in some-more than 140 countries.
During a financial year 2009, a BMW Group sole approximately 1.29 million cars and some-more than 87,000 motorcycles worldwide. The distinction before taxation for 2009 was euro 413 million, revenues totalled euro 50.68 billion. At 31 Dec 2009, a BMW Group had a workforce of approximately 96,000 employees.
Long-term meditative and obliged movement have prolonged been a substructure of a BMW Groups success. Striving for ecological and amicable sustainability along a whole value-added chain, holding full shortcoming for a products and giving an undeniable joining to preserving resources are primary objectives resolutely embedded in a corporate strategies. For these reasons, a BMW Group has been zone personality in a Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for a final 5 years.

Your contact:

Corporate and Governmental Affairs

Marc Hassinger, Business and Finance Communications
Telephone +49 (89) 382-23362 / Cell +49 (171) 5 51 17 88 / Fax +49 (89) 382-24418
E-mail: marc.hassinger@bmw.de

Jan Ehlen, BMW of North America, LLC. Business Communications Manager
Telephone: +1 (201) 307-3789
E-mail: jan.ehlen@bmwna.com

Internet: www.press.bmwgroup.com
E-mail: presse@bmwgroup.com

Important note:
This press recover contains statements on destiny developments that are formed on now accessible information and that engage risks and uncertainties that could lead to tangible formula devious from these forward-looking statements. The statements on destiny developments are not to be accepted as guarantees. The destiny developments and events are contingent on a series of factors; they embody several risks and amazing resources and are formed on assumptions that might not be correct. These risks and uncertainties include, for example, unforeseeable changes in political, mercantile and business conditions, quite in a area of electric steel production, a rival situation, seductiveness rate and banking developments, technological developments and other risks and amazing circumstances. We see other risks in cost developments, astonishing developments relating to acquired and combined companies and in a ongoing cost optimization programs. It is not dictated to refurbish these forward-looking statements.

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