SGL Carbon, a specialist company working with graphite and composite materials, has formed a partnership with the National Composites Centre (NCC).
The tie-up will see the partners develop new composite technologies for aerospace, transportation and energy applications, including primary and secondary structural components.
Currently, the two organisations are working on development of advanced processing of carbon fibre-based textiles, including non-crimp fabrics, at the NCC’s R&D facility near Bristol.
Later this year, there are plans to unveil prototypes of new composite wings using NCF materials, based on carbon fibre produced by SGL Carbon.
Andreas Wüllner, President of Composites – Fibers & Materials at SGL Carbon, said: “With the partnership, we generate knowhow around efficient usage of composite materials and technologies. Furthermore, we will strengthen our footprint in the UK with the new office at the NCC.”
SGL Carbon produces carbon fibre and other materials for a series of customers in the automotive, aerospace and green energy sectors. The company is a key producer of carbon fibre for BMW, which is used in production of the i-Series vehicles.
Richard Oldfield, CEO of the National Composites Centre, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the SGL Carbon team to our Bristol technology centre to start, what we believe will be, a series of successful and ground-breaking innovation programs.”