SGL: Center for Advanced Fiber Placement Technologies
To incorporate this production method into more high-volume applications across industries for cost-effectiveness and resource efficiency, SGL Group/DE and Fraunhofer IGCV/DE have now founded a joint Fiber Placement Center headquartered at the SGL location in Meitingen. System manufacturers Compositence GmbH/DE and BA Composites GmbH/DE have also joined the cooperative effort. Over 500 m² of lab space with different high-tech machines, the new development and manufacturing center offers customers the possibility to develop production concepts and demonstrate their feasibility by prototyping. Furthermore, in the event of a demonstrated cost benefit, SGL Group may implement an industrial production of fiber-reinforced parts. Both dry and pre-impregnated fibers with or without thermoplastic matrix systems will be processed. This work is synergetic to the ongoing R&D activities performed by SGL’s Lightweight and Application Center in Meitingen, the research team from Fraunhofer IGCV in Augsburg and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich/DE. Bilateral projects with aerospace companies for secondary and primary structural parts in various aircraft types are already prepared at the Fiber Placement Center, along with development projects in collaboration with various automotive parts manufacturers worldwide.