At this year’s COMPOSITES EUROPE from September 19 to 21 in Stuttgart, Germany, SGL Group will showcase its expertise across the entire composites value chain, including new duroplastic and thermoplastic materials, as well as component exhibits featuring Volvo leaf springs and a CFC crossbeam. SGL will also present its latest development in the area of composites: bicycle components made with carbon fiber TowPregs, produced in collaboration with AMC (Automotive Management Consulting) using their proprietary technology called “xFK in 3D”.
The impregnated fibers for this innovative production process come from SGL: SIGRAPREG® TowPregs made of carbon and glass fibers are ideal for automated production processes and result in outstanding mechanical properties given their width consistency and high winding accuracy. In addition, they could also be produced with SGL’s new snap-cure prepreg resin systems that are currently under development. This would be an optimal solution to the serial production requirements of the automotive industry. AMC’s patent-pending “xFK in 3D” technology can be described as a winding process that uses calculations and simulations to produce 3D fiber-reinforced components. The advantages: fiber placement tailored to the force and stress requirements as well as minimal material waste.
Another inspiring experience awaiting visitors to the SGL booth is a virtual presentation of the new Lightweight and Application Center (LAC) at the Meitingen site. With virtual reality glasses, visitors have the opportunity to witness the entire range of engineering services offered by the LAC team as well as how tailor-made composite solutions are developed. Right from supporting the basic idea of a composite structure, to concept and prototype development through to serial application – the LAC offers a broad spectrum of services.
Another highlight of this year’s trade show will be a newly set up innovation area called “COMPOSITES Process Chain” which will present SGL’s comprehensive product range covering the entire value chain of composite components. Visitors of this innovation showcase initiative can experience the entire range of products that SGL has to offer, from fibers to components including the exhibition of the BMW 7 Series Carbon Core body.
Visit us at the Composites Europe 2017 in Stuttgart in Hall 6, Booth 6/D10, or stop by the fair’s innovation area in Hall 4, Booth 4/C31.