BMW increasing carbon fiber output to meet demand

by Tim Jones on February 24, 2014, 8:03 pm
BMW i3 chassis

BMW has a problem, they need more carbon fiber. Initial orders of the BMW i3 topped 11,000 globally and the 2014 i8 production run is already sold out. The demand is stretching the production capacity at BMW/SGL carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, WA thin. BMW's new F80 M3 and F82 M4 are also extensively using carbon fiber to decrease curb weight and increase performance. The next generation G11 7 Series will also extensively use carbon fiber to reduce weight.

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BMW's need for carbon fiber has gone from a little to a lot quickly and shows no signs of stopping. To increase capacity BMW and SGL are building a second production hall at the existing location -

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BMW and SGL are investing over EUR100 million ($137 million) to double carbon fiber production to 6,000 tons annually, the German business daily reported, citing people privy with the carmaker. BMW Group holds an 18.4-percent stake in SGL
Source 4wheelsnews

This is great news all around. More i3 production and more carbon fiber in BMW's standard cars as well. Who wants to guess what the BMW G11 will have in carbon fiber?


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