Mid of January, SGL Carbon received the “Supplier of the Year 2019” award for excellence in quality management and contributions to strengthen the overall competitiveness of Hyundai Motor Group related to the manufacturing and supply of fuel cell components. The award is being granted by the Korean automaker once a year, evaluating several hundreds of suppliers from across the world in different categories. This time only two overseas suppliers have been awarded.
SGL Carbon and the Hyundai Motor Group have been cooperating on fuel cell technology for almost 20 years. Last year, the two companies agreed on an early extension to the existing supply agreement for SIGRACET® gas diffusion layers for the NEXO fuel cell car, encompassing a new long-term cooperation including a substantial ramp-up of the current production and supply volumes.
“We are very proud of this award and thank Hyundai for this honor. The prize underlines our excellent collaboration to support Hyundai’s objectives in the area of fuel cell drives and is a great basis for the extended cooperation moving forward.”, comments Dr. Tilo Hauke, Head of Central Innovation and Head of Product Line GDL at SGL Carbon.
SGL Carbon has been carrying out research and development into components for fuel cells since the 1990s. Today, the company supplies around 200 customers around the world with gas diffusion layers for use in fuel cells. As a result of the growing demand, the company has gradually stepped up production capacity at its production site in Meitingen (Germany). In the mid-term, SGL Carbon plans to more than quintuple its business with fuel cell components to annual sales of approximately 100 million euro.