Germany’s Handelsblattis reporting that BMW and SGL will invest $137 million to double production (split equally today at 1,500 metric tons per site) of carbon fiber at two sites: SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers in Moses Lake, Washington and SGL Automotive Fibers GmbH in Germany.
Production of BMW i3 in Leipzig
The goal is to bring annual output up from 3,000 to 6,000 metric tons to support the expected demand for the BMW i3, BMW i8 and the 2015 BMW 7 Series.
Does this mean that BMW i3 demand is higher than expected? Absolutely not.
Update: The scuttlebutt we hear from Germany is that BMW may actually be having trouble producing the i3 due to the difficulties in the supply chain getting the lightweight material. The high error rate (along with other supplier issues) has apparently slowed production by as much as 50% under BMW's initial plans.
Word recently leaked that the 2015 BMW 7 Series will feature carbon fiber construction. Therefore, it's fitting that BMW is readying its two carbon fiber sites for expected high demand for this flagship luxury sedan.
Note the Carbon Fiber
Source: Handelsblatt, hat tip to Jens