As a partner of leading industrial companies, IBG has been developing automated production techniques for many years to enable the economical mass production of CFRP components, especially in the automotive industry.
From development through design and prototype construction to batch production of complex CFRP structures, IBG customers receive all engineering services from a single source in order to promote the expansion of these groundbreaking future technologies.
The composite material CFRP (carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic), manufactured from carbon fibres and epoxy resin, has become indispensable in the aerospace, wind energy and racing industries. This is thanks to its numerous positive characteristics, which are unique in this combination.
For example, CFRP has a comparatively low density with a very high stability and rigidity, as well as excellent attenuation properties and exemplary crash behaviour. In at least the same function, CFRP is a good third lighter than aluminium and at most half as heavy as steel.
All this makes CFRP the ideal material for use in modern lightweight construction with the aim of increasing energy efficiency in order to conserve resources and thus protect the environment long term.
Up to now, however, the advantages of this innovative material have been reserved for the aforementioned high-tech industries in the form of one-off and small batch production, because a large proportion of manual steps entailed high manufacturing costs, which made mass production uneconomical.