BMW opens Carbon Fiber plant in Moses Lake WA with 80 jobs

The BMW Group's $100 million joint venture with SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers announced the official opening of SLG’s its new state-of-the-art carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake WA, where the manufacture of ultra light-weight carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for new BMW i vehicles will take place.

The Moses Lake plant will create 80 new local jobs running at least until 2013. Preparation for large-scale production of BMW i vehicles in 2013 requires starting the fabrication of CFRPs now. All the power needed for this effort will come Washington’s readily available, non-polluting and naturally sustainable hydraulic generators.

“About a month ago we presented the first concept cars being launched under our new sub-brand, BMW I, stated Dr. Norbert Reithofer, CEO and Chairman of the Board of BMW Auto Group. “The BMW i3 and the BMW i8 are cars like no other. With their purpose built design they will set new standards for clean individual mobility of the future. Carbon fibers are a key construction material for the automotive industry of the 21st century and will change the way we develop and build cars.”

“Thanks to the emission-free drivetrain and a value added chain designed to be sustainable all along the line,” reads the company statement, “life cycle emission figures for the BMW i3 are at least a third lower than for a highly efficient combustion-engine car.” We’re not quite sure what they mean by a “value added chain” but we think it’s that the car if powered by electricity from renewable sources, over a lifetime of use its pollution levels will be reduced by 50%.


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