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BMW and SGL to double carbon fiber production


2/21/2014 1:10 PM

BMW and its partner, the SGL Group, plan to invest more than €100 million ($137 million) to double their joint production of carbon fiber to 6,000 metric tons a year, according to German news outlet Handelsblatt.

BMW’s new i3 and i8 plug-ins make greater use of lightweight, super-strong carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) than any vehicles to date. The company will also begin using CFRP in its new 7 series vehicles in 2015.

BMW and SGL formed a joint venture in 2009 to manufacture carbon fibers and fabrics. SGL opened a carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, Washington, in 2011. The plant now runs two carbon fiber lines, each with an annual capacity of 1,500 metric tons.

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Source: Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine