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SGL to Triple Carbon Fiber Capacity

9:00 AM MDT | October 16, 2007 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

SGL (Wiesbaden, Germany) says it will spend €300 million ($423 million) to triple carbon fiber capacity to more than 12,000 m.t./year by 2012. The company says it will build a grassroots 4,000-m.t./year carbon fiber plant at Meitingen, Germany, and a unit of similar capacity at Evanston, WY. That is in addition to SGL’s existing plants at Inverness, U.K., which is being expanded from 2,500 m.t./year to 4,000 m.t./year, and to its 50-50 jv with Aldila at Evanstone. The latter is designed for 1,000 m.t./year, of which SGL receives 500 m.t./year. SGL will...

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