Wiesbaden / Meitingen, February 25, 2013. SGL Group – The Carbon Company – has developed a new type of carbon fiber reinforced graphite material designed for industrial heat treatment applications. The product is carbon fiber reinforced carbon (CFRC), a high-strength composite comprising a graphite matrix and reinforcing fibers made of carbon. This material, which is marketed under the trade name SIGRABOND® Performance, has special properties compared to other CFRC materials on the market. For example, it is 20% stiffer and can be processed to create intricate structures, with the material being ideal for technically demanding high-temperature applications.
Rüdiger Mackenthun, Head of the Graphite Specialties Business Unit stated: “This new carbon fiber reinforced graphite material is an exceptional example of SGL Group’s development expertise. The enhanced product properties offered by SIGRABOND® Performance are a major advantage for our customers. SIGRABOND® Performance represents a new addition to Graphite Specialties’ broad product range. Our customers benefit from an impressive, single source solution to all their needs in the area of high-temperature-resistant materials.”
Carbon fiber reinforced graphite materials are ideal for use in high-temperature processes requiring lightweight and temperature resistant materials such as the heat treatment of steel components for the automotive and aerospace industry or the coating of silicon wafers in the photovoltaic industry. A current application example from the automotive industry is the fully automatic heat treatment of transmission components on “charging fixtures”.
SIGRABOND® Performance was developed by SGL Group. Thanks to its new type of structure based on unidirectional rather than conventional woven carbon fiber fabrics, the product offers dramatically improved performance and can be optimized to meet individual customer requirements. With this product, SGL Group offers a solution that enables its customers to create material saving structures.
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 predominantly 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 48 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.
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