At this year's FAKUMA, the international trade fair for plastics processing held from October 17-21, 2017, in Friedrichshafen, Germany, the two business units of SGL Group, Composites – Fibers & Materials (CFM) and Graphite Materials & Systems (GMS) will exhibit at a joint booth.
The CFM business unit will showcase not only its established products, such as short and milled carbon fibers, but also innovative semi-finished products based on carbon and glass fibers with a thermoplastic matrix. This range of thermoplastic materials from SGL Group contains semi-finished products with a uniform matrix for maximum flexibility in terms of design and material processing. The foundation for these thermoplastic composites are 50k carbon fibers, with a size tailored to thermoplastics. Unidirectional (UD) tapes help reinforce components based on the load path. Organo sheets can be customized by selecting a specific structure of UD tapes, rovings, fabrics or non-wovens. Tapes and organo sheets can also be processed in thermoforming processes. For additional reinforcement through injection molding, SGL Group also offers long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic granulates (LFT). With the help of a demonstrator, SGL will present several examples for combining thermoplastic composite materials at the FAKUMA. Among them the latest developments in the area of thermoplastic profiles, which can be used in combination with injection molding for local reinforcement.
The GMS business unit will present products for increasing the thermal conductivity of plastics. SIGRATHERM? GFG powder, produced from expanded natural graphite, offers crucial advantages when used as plastic additives even at low filler contents thanks to its high purity, large specific surface and low bulk density. Furthermore, it can increase thermal conductivity significantly while only minimally affecting other characteristics of the polymer. Its good free flow properties and dosability allow economic processing, even on a large scale. In addition to an increased thermal conductivity, the additives can also be used for electrical and antistatic applications.
We look forward to seeing you at the FAKUMA in Friedrichshafen in hall A7, booth A7-7123.