SGL Carbon is expanding its operations in Arkadelphia to increase its carbon composites production.
The company is investing $4.5 million into its Arkadelphia facility, which produces carbon and glass fiber-reinforced products. The expansion is expected to create 35 new full-time jobs in the next three years.
According to company officials, the production increase is aimed at boosting production of carbon composites for the electric vehicle sector.
“Composite battery enclosures fit perfectly to the specific needs of modern e-car chassis,” SGL Carbon Inc. vice president of operations Steve Swanson said in a statement. “Thus, with the ongoing enhancement of our Arkadelphia operations, we also support the great trend towards more e-mobility in the US. In addition, our facility produces a variety of carbon and glass fiber-reinforced products for a wide range of industrial applications within the automotive and aerospace industries as well as the energy sector.”
The production expansion is projected to be completed and operational by the end of 2021.
According to its website, SGL Carbon has 29 production sites worldwide. This includes eight sites in the United States in California, North Carolina, Washington state, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, in addition to the Arkadelphia site. A multinational company, SGL Composites also has sites in Austria, China France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Founded in 1992, SGL Carbon has operated in Arkansas since 1996, according to a news release from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. While SGL Carbon’ company history begins in 1992 through a merger with Great Lakes Carbon, its history dates back to 1878.