SGL Kümpers moves to new production facility in Rheine

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SGL Kümpers moves to new production facility in Rheine

SGL Kuempers
  • Dynamic demand for composites from the automotive industry
  • New location offers a state-of-the-art work environment

Wiesbaden, February 13, 2015. SGL Kümpers GmbH & Co. KG continues to benefit from the rapidly increasing demand for composites from the automotive industry. To meet this demand the joint venture, founded in 2007 by SGL Group – The Carbon Company and Kümpers GmbH, has relocated from its development site in Rheine-Gellendorf to a new production facility in the Rheine-Nord industrial park in Salzbergen-Holsterfeld in Westphalia.


In addition to the existing fabric and braiding machines, this new production facility – situated close to Münster – is equipped with a wide range of customized, highly automated production lines. Continuous production up to seven days a week is planned at the new location, with full production capacity expected in the second half of 2015.


The facility in Rheine will be used primarily for the production of carbon-fiber preforms (semifinished products) for the automotive and aviation industry. Another highly innovative product is a glass-fiber fabric, which is already used in automotive series production in the form of leaf springs for the Volvo XC 90 as well as in the commercial vehicle sector. Rheine is also home to the SGL Kümpers development department, which plans and develops innovative technologies for series production in vehicle construction. Key rationale for the decision to relocate to this site included not only the state-of-the-art premises but also, and above all, the excellent logistics links.


Franz-Jürgen Kümpers, Managing Director of SGL Kümpers: "Thanks to optimized work processes and a state-of-the-art work environment for our highly skilled employees, this new production facility is perfect for our company."


Dynamic growth set to continue


SGL Kümpers is one of Europe's leading companies for the textile processing of carbon and glass fibers in the field of fabrics and braidings for the wind, automotive and aviation industry and, as a specialist in the field of high-performance textiles, is among the pioneers in a new era of lightweight construction for the automotive industry. Given the ongoing high demand, particularly from the automotive sector, the dynamic growth is set to continue over the next few years, too.


At SGL Kümpers, around 150 employees at the Lathen and Rheine-Nord plants manufacture fabrics and braidings made either entirely from carbon and glass fibers or from mixed structures. The sales volume had been increased continuously over the past years. From 2006 to 2013 sales increased from €10 million to almost €40 million per year. In 2014 the dynamic growth trend further continued.


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