SGL inks deal with Airbus to provide material for parts

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MOSES LAKE — SGL Carbon has recently inked a deal to improve its collaboration with Airbus Helicopters and provide more “textiles for components” for the European aerospace firm’s helicopter operation.

“The agreement is an important milestone and the result of the trusting partnership of recent years,” said Andreas Erber, head of SGL Carbon’s aerospace composites unit. “The teams on both sides have achieved a great deal in the development of new tailor-made material solutions for components in helicopters.”

SGL Carbon currently provides carbon fibers for the doors of Airbus Helicopters. The deal allows for the expanded use of SGL-made carbon and fabrics for even more helicopter components, including for Airbus models currently in production, according to an SGL news release.

SGL Carbon, which is headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, has a production facility in Moses Lake which began as a joint venture with German automaker BMW to provide the company with carbon fiber for auto components. The company employs roughly 4,200 people worldwide.

Airbus, which has its global headquarters in Leiden, the Netherlands, is best known as a maker of passenger jets. However, the company also produces a full suite of civilian and military helicopters used across the world.

— Staff Report

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