SGL Group Starts Production of Thermoplastic-Compatible Carbon Fibers
At the end of June, SGL Group - The Carbon Company – started production of thermoplastic-compatible carbon fibers Sigrafil C 50k at its Muir of Ord site in Scotland. The new production start-up will initially service orders from the automotive industry.
Thermoplastic carbon fiber composites combine the properties of carbon fibers with the typical processing advantages of thermoplastics. They can be shaped, recycled, and produced in short cycles. As a result, they are opening up new possibilities for serial production. Only if the carbon fibers can be firmly bonded to the thermoplastic matrix, as is the case with these newly developed fibers, can their high stiffness and strength be fully transmitted to the finished components. SGL Group has developed a special surface system (sizing) for this purpose. Other sizing systems, e.g. for high-temperature applications, are already at the development stage.
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