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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 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. 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 44 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 2012, the Company’s workforce of around 6,700 employees generated sales of €1,700 million.

Department involved in the project

The project activities will be carried out by the corporate research center of the SGL Group. The Technology & Innovation Center (T&I) of SGL is located in Meitingen.

Main contact

Dr. Thomas Meinhardt
+49 8271 83-1648
Dr. Max von Bistram
+49 8271 83-3371
SGL Carbon GmbH
Werner-von-Siemens-Straße 18
86405 Meitingen Germany

Main contribution to the project

SGL’s main contribution will be the development of the prepreg material system based on heavy tow carbon fibers.

Key people involved

Dr. Max von Bistram is senior project manager in composite material development. He has a long term experience in prepreg material development for several applications. Beyond that he has a strong background in material and polymer chemistry. He was project manager in several industrial as well as public funded R&D projects.

Dr. Thomas Meinhardt is project manager in resin and prepreg development with a strong background in chemistry and material development.

Following his degree in chemistry (University of Kiel, 2008), he did his doctorate on the surface chemistry and applications of nanodiamond particles (University of Wuerzburg, 2011). Since 2012 he is project manager in SGL’s global R&D organization with a focus on matrix systems for prepregs.