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Carbon fiber plant to boost output

Keywords: Tags  carbon fiber, plant expansion, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, BMW, electric vehicle, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC will invest $100 million to add two new production lines at its Moses Lake, Wash., plant that will double production capacity at the facility, which opened in 2012.

The expansion will allow Moses Lake-based SGL Automotive, a joint venture formed in 2009 between German automaker BMW AG and Germany’s SGL Group, to supply all of the raw carbon fiber used in BMW’s new electric vehicles.

BMW already uses carbon fiber materials in the roof of its M3 and M6 coupes, as well as in its new i-Series electric cars.

Other automakers have also begun using carbon fiber parts. General Motors Co., Detroit, uses the material in the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (, June 7).

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