Video: Dr Joerg Pohlman of SGL about the use of Carbon Fiber on BMW i

Videos | July 26th, 2012 by 2
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Altairenlighten.com sat down for an interview with Dr. Joerg Pohlman, Managing Director of SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers to discuss carbon fiber materials and recycling, Composite …

Altairenlighten.com sat down for an interview with Dr. Joerg Pohlman, Managing Director of SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers to discuss carbon fiber materials and recycling, Composite Crash Performance and Lightweighting Electric Vehicles.

BMW Group and the SGL Group operate a joint venture. The SGL Group holds 51% and the BMW Group 49 % of shares in the joint company, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers. The two partners have built a new state-of-the-art carbon fiber manufacturing plant together in Moses Lake in Washington State in the U.S. The new plant plays an important part in the two companies’ strategy to automate the production of ultra-light carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs) for use in future vehicle concepts.

Video: Dr Joerg Pohlman of SGL about the use of Carbon Fiber on BMW i

The carbon fibers produced in Moses Lake are being processed at facilities in Wackersdorf and Landshut. Wackersdorf delivers textile fabrics made from carbon fibers, which are then being processed at the BMW plant in Landshut to make lightweight CFRP body components for the BMW i3 and BMW i8. Both vehicles will be assembled at the BMW plant in Leipzig. The BMW i3, the BMW Group’s first series-produced electric vehicle, will be released on the market in 2013, followed by the BMW i8 sports car shortly afterwards.

Here is the video interview:

  • Rob Krebs

    Thanks for sharing this interview, Horatiu Boeriu! I agree 100% with Dr. Pohlman’s claim that “the usage of carbon fiber is a crucial element in the strategy of lightweighting,” and believe this is why BMW and other automakers are investing in automating production of the material so that it can be used in more cars of tomorrow. In fact, new developments like the ability to “process model” long GLASS fiber in Moldflow – the precursor to similar processes now being researched by DOE for carbon fiber injection molded plastics – are allowing for quick and inexpensive production in the near future. This means even more lightweight structural parts, without the longer cycle-times in production!

    For more on carbon fiber car parts, visit: http://www.facebook.com/plasticcar and http://www.plastics-car.com/Resources/Resource-Library/Long-Glass-Fiber-Molding.html

    Rob Krebs, Market Innovations, American Chemistry Council

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