SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC, a newly created joint venture between SGL Group in Charlotte and BMW Group, Munich, will build a carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, Wash., for use in an as-yet-to-be-produced vehicle.

The new facility puts the companies’ strategy into action to commercialize viable manufacturing of ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics for use in future vehicle concepts. The fibers manufactured at Moses Lake will be used exclusively for BMW Group’s upcoming Megacity Vehicle, designed for urban mobility.

“This new plant in Moses Lake is a milestone in the use of carbon fibers for large-scale production in the automotive industry,” said Robert Koehler, SGL Group’s CEO. Carbon fiber is considered a cutting-edge material.“Lightweight construction is a core aspect for sustainable mobility - improving both fuel consumption and CO2emissions," says Friedrich Eichiner, member of the Board of Management, Finance at BMW AG.

The joint venture will enable the companies to produce carbon-fiber-enhanced components in large volumes at competitive costs for the first time, which is particularly relevant for electric-powered vehicles such as the Megacity, Eichiner says.