BMW expanding carbon fiber facility

May 12, 2014 | 03:02 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  BMW, SGL Group, carbon fiber, expansion, Klaus Draeger, Jay Baron, Center for Automotive Research, automotive aluminum

NEW YORK — BMW AG plans to triple the capacity of its carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, Wash., to meet higher demand for lighter-weight components in automotive production.

The $200-million expansion, scheduled to be completed early next year, will make it the world’s largest carbon fiber production facility, the company said.

The plant, which opened in 2009, is operated under a joint venture between Wiesbaden, Germany-based carbon fiber manufacturer SGL Group and Munich-based BMW Group.

"CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced plastic) is a key material for the automotive industry of the 21st Century. In our endeavor to identify increasingly lightweight materials in order to reduce a vehicle’s weight, and thus its fuel consumption and carbon emissions, this material plays a crucial role," BMW purchasing and supplier network board member Klaus Draeger said in a statement.....

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