SGL Group supports Vartega with tensile testing services

(Evanston, WY) May 19, 2016 – SGL Group – The Carbon Company – has provided a letter of support to Vartega Carbon Fiber Recycling LLC (Vartega) in regards to Vartega's efforts to develop low-cost recycled carbon fiber. SGL Group has provided tensile testing on Vartega's recycled carbon fiber.

SGL is willing to continue supporting your development efforts by providing tensile testing on recycled carbon fiber tow. The testing we have performed for Vartega thus far has had very good results. The fiber you have sent us is some of the best looking recycled carbon fiber we’ve seen.

Based on the results thus far, we see a unique opportunity for Vartega to leverage its ability to recycle continuous carbon fiber tow and fabrics. As we’ve discussed in the past, there is a significant amount of expired and roll end prepreg that is currently being thrown away. As you tap into that scrap source you’re bound to save several hundreds of tons of material from going to landfill each year.
— Alex Walk, Manager New Products & Technology, SGL Carbon Fibers LLC

SGL Group's complete letter can be found here: SGL GROUP LETTER OF SUPPORT.

Vartega's test data can be found here: VARTEGA-DATA DECK 051616.

About SGL Group – The Carbon Company

SGL Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of carbon-based products and materials. It has a comprehensive portfolio ranging from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers and composites. SGL Group’s core competencies are its expertise in high-temperature technology as well as its applications and engineering know-how gained over many years. These competencies enable the Company to make full use of its broad material base. SGL Group’s carbon-based materials combine several unique properties such as very good electrical and thermal conductivity, heat and corrosion resistance as well as high mechanical strength combined with low weight. Due to industrialization in the growth regions of Asia and Latin America and increased substitution of traditional with innovative materials, there is a growing demand for SGL Group’s high-performance materials and products. Products from SGL Group are used predominantly in the steel, aluminum, automotive and chemical industries as well as in the semiconductor, solar and LED sectors and in lithium-ion batteries. Carbon-based materials and products are also being used increasingly in the wind power, aerospace and defense industries.

With 42 production sites in Europe, North America and Asia as well as a service network covering more than 100 countries, SGL Group is a company with a global presence. In 2014, the Company’s workforce of around 6,300 employees generated sales of €1,336 million.

The Company’s head office is located in Wiesbaden. Further information on the SGL Group can be found online at: http://www.sglgroup.com.

About Vartega Carbon Fiber Recycling

Vartega Carbon Fiber Recycling LLC is a recycler of advanced materials – specifically strong and lightweight carbon fiber – used in the aerospace, automotive, wind energy, and sporting goods industries. Founded in July 2014, Vartega has developed patent pending recycling technology to address the 15,000 metric tons of carbon fiber waste that is being landfilled and incinerated every year. Vartega’s technology uses a low energy chemistry-based process to free carbon fiber filaments for use in carbon fiber nonwoven fabrics, yarns, thermoplastic pellets, and 3D printing filaments. Materials utilizing Vartega’s low-cost recycled carbon fiber can be used to lightweight automobiles resulting in improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. For more information, visit www.vartega.com.