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GERMANY: Carmakers looking to use more carbon fibre, says SGL boss

By Tony Lewis | 25 November 2014

More carmakers are looking to use parts reinforced with carbon fibre to help them make lighter and more fuel efficient vehicles, according to the CEO of SGL Group Juergen Koehler.

SGL has a joint venture with BMW to supply carbon fibre components for its i3 and i8 electric cars.

Koehler told Wirtschaftswoche newspaper that his company, whose main business is making graphite electrodes for electric arc furnaces that recycle scrap metal into steel, that the VW Group, through Audi and Lamborghini, as well as Porsche and General Motors, were all looking at using more carbon fibre.

"VW is banking on high volume use of carbon components," said Koehler, while Porsche "is also very active."

Despite the car industry's growing interest in carbon fibre, it only represents 2% of SGL's business, according to the company's annual report.