Benteler-SGL builds new production plant for carbon components

• Investment in the growth market of automotive components made of fiber reinforced composites
• 70 new jobs created in Ort im Innkreis, Austria

Ried im Innkreis, Austria, May 9, 2012 -  Benteler-SGL GmbH & Co. KG, a joint venture between Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH and the SGL Group, has set up a new plant in Ort im Innkreis in Upper Austria. A production center for the manufacture of automotive components made of fiber reinforced composites is being built on the 45,000 m2 property; the construction of the facility began in April. The investment is approx. 36 million Euros. Benteler-SGL will enhance its production capacities and provide 70 new jobs. The series production will start the middle of 2013. Today the product line includes, for example, outer shell components such as side blades, doors, and visible carbon fiber parts for small series (smaller than 5,000 parts p.a.). Customers include many known automobile manufacturers primarily from the premium class.

Dr. Christian Howe, Managing Director Benteler-SGL: "The goal of Benteler-SGL is to increase the series production of fiber composite components for the automotive industry. We are counting on new high-performance materials such as carbon fibers, which are then processed into high load bearing products. We are working full speed on the automation of component production. The new ultra-modern plant in Ort im Innkreis in Austria will do justice to the growing customer demand for composite parts produced in large series. We will continue to expand our technological and market position in this rapidly growing market segment."

With the new construction, the company is responding to increasing demand from the automotive industry, which has commissioned Benteler-SGL with large series orders for composite components. Currently, composite components are predominantly produced in advanced manufacturing work steps and seldom manufactured in series.

It is therefore the greatest technological challenge to automate existing production processes to large-scale production.

Sebastian Grasser, Second Managing Director of Benteler-SGL: "Crucial for the decision to select the site Ort im Innkreis was the economic policy of the State of Upper Austria, which promotes the establishment of technology-oriented companies and the cooperative and proactive support of the local authorities. In addition, we are able to hire employees from a pool of many well-educated and highly motivated people."

Lightweight construction is becoming increasingly important in the automotive industry in the light of strict CO2 exhaust emission standards. Benteler-SGL benefits from the associated rise in demand as composite components help to reduce fuel consumption and simultaneously offer greater safety. This feature applies especially for electro-mobility, where lighter components are required in order to compensate for the additional weight of the batteries.


About Benteler-SGL

Benteler-SGL GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 2008 and is a joint venture company of Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH with home office in Paderborn/Germany, one of the largest independent world-wide suppliers to the automotive industry, and the SGL Group with home office in Wiesbaden/Germany. The core competencies of the SGL Group in material sciences and carbon fiber-based preliminary products are complemented with the market and engineering technical competence of Benteler, a tier 1 supplier to the automotive sector for many years. Beginning in 2009, the joint venture company additionally took over the automobile business unit of Composite Technology GmbH in Ried im Innkreis, Austria, from the Fischer Group. The production has been systematically built up since that time. 150 employees today work at Benteler-SGL, twice as many as in 2009.

Further information on Benteler-SGL can be found online at: www.benteler-sgl.de

About Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH – Intelligent solutions for the automobile world

Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH is one of three business divisions of the internationally active Benteler Group. With about 22,200 employees in 20 development and sales offices and 74 plants in 29 countries, it develops and produces ready-to-install modules, components and parts for body, chassis and engine. With the Product Groups Structures, Chassis, Modules, Engine and Exhaust Systems, Benteler Engineering Services and Benteler Mechanical Engineering, the company is one of the world-wide largest independent subcontractors to the automotive industry. The headquarters of Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH is located in Paderborn, Germany.

As a Full-Service Supplier to practically all large vehicle manufacturers, Benteler Automobiltechnik offers customer-oriented solutions in the areas of safety, environment, and efficiency for a broadly diversified product range. Integrated lightweight construction remains the focus of these manifold activities.

With 29,400 employees, the Benteler Group generated revenues of 7,1 billion Euros in 2011. The international headquarters, Benteler International AG, is in Salzburg, Austria.

Further information can be found online at: www.benteler.de

About SGL Group – The Carbon Company

SGL Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon-based products and materials. It has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites. SGL Group’s core competencies are its expertise in high-temperature technology as well as its applications and engineering know-how gained over many years. These competencies enable the Company to make full use of its broad material base. SGL Group’s carbon-based materials combine several unique properties such as very good electrical and thermal conductivity, heat and corrosion resistance as well as high mechanical strength combined with low weight. Due to industrialization in the growth regions of Asia and Latin America and increased substitution of traditional with innovative materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Group’s high-performance materials and products. Products from SGL Group are used pre-dominantly in the steel, aluminum, automotive and chemical industries as well as in the semiconductor, solar and LED sectors and in lithium-ion batteries. Carbon-based materials and products are also being used increasingly in the wind power, aerospace and defense industries.

With 46 production sites in Europe, North America and Asia as well as a service network covering more than 100 countries, SGL Group is a company with a global presence. In 2011, the Company’s workforce of around 6,500 employees generated sales of €1,540 million. The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden.

Further information on the SGL Group can be found online at: www.sglgroup.com.

Important note:

This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on the information currently available to us and on our current projections and assumptions. By nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, as a consequence of which actual developments and results can deviate significantly from these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not to be understood as guarantees. Rather, future developments and results depend on a number of factors; they entail various risks and unanticipated circumstances and are based on assumptions which may prove to be inaccurate. These risks and uncertainties include, for example, unforeseeable changes in political, economic, legal, and business conditions, particularly relating to our main customer industries, such as electric steel production, to the competitive environment, to interest rate and exchange rate fluctuations, to technological developments, and to other risks and unanticipated circumstances. Other risks that in our opinion may arise include price developments, unexpected developments connected with acquisitions and subsidiaries, and unforeseen risks associated with ongoing cost savings programs. SGL Group does not intend or assume any responsibility to revise or otherwise update these forward-looking statements.

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