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SGL Group Expands in India

At the new production facility, the manufacture of graphite-based system components (heat exchangers and columns) for the chemical industry has been increased. The products made from specialty graphite from the BA Graphite Materials & Systems are used primarily in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and increasingly in glass manufacturing as well as the pump and solar industries. Gerd Wingefeld, member of the Board of Management of SGL Group said: “This investment will further advance our specialty graphite production base in India. The facility expansion underlines our objective to serve regional markets through regional production infrastructure.” Manfred Neumaier, Managing Director of SGL India said: “The new plant provides a basis for future growth in the Indian market. We aim to increase our market share in India significantly over the next years.” The production portfolio at the Pune location has been continuously developed over the past years and tailored to customer requirements in the Indian market in particular. Therefore, the semi-finished products delivered from other SGL Group sites will be machined here. The new location will also serve as a future after-sales and service hub for the Indian market. Over the course of the expansion, SGL Group has invested in new production facilities. SGL Group’s ECOPHIT® cooling ceiling elements are being used in the new office building to support the air conditioning system, which is part of the location’s energy saving strategy. The new site is located in the Ranjangaon industrial area in eastern Pune. The newly built production hall, with significantly increased production capacity, has space for further production expansion. The chemical industry in India is one of the largest growth markets in the global chemical business. With a total sales volume of currently EUR 76 billion, it ranks among the top ten leading chemical nations (3/2012).

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