SGL Group has inaugurated a production line for precursor at a plant in Lavradio, near Lisbon in Portugal. Precursor is a polymer-based fiber which is used as the main raw material for the production of carbon fibers. The production line has been set up by converting and improving parts of the existing production facility in Lavradio. Construction was completed last month following four years of research and development, construction work and qualification procedures. Over this period, in total, €30 million was invested in Lavradio into different elements of the precursor production including the spinning line.
As part of the global production network of SGL Group, the precursor from Portugal is being used as of September for the production of the company’s industrial Sigrafil carbon fibers in Moses Lake, Washington State (USA) and Muir of Ord (Scotland). The carbon fibers will then be used in various applications in the automotive, aerospace, as well as in other industries.
SGL Group has also set up a new Lightweight and Applications Center (LAC) at its biggest site in Meitingen, Germany to facilitate the product and manufacturing technology development from fibers and materials to component.
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