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SGL Groups endowed Chair for Composite Technologies

Carbon fiber-reinforced composites offer enormous potential for lightweight construction applications in automotive engineering, machine engineering and aircraft construction

But there is a great need for further development, especially in the area of process automation. To promote research into carbon fiber-based materials from the raw material to the finished component, SGL Group endows the a Chair – the Instiute for Carbon Composites (LCC) at the TUM.

Founded in 2009, LCC is today one of TUM‘s most high-performing institutes with 75 staff and state-of-the-art laboratories and pilot-scale facilities covering an area of more than 600 m2.

Under the direction of the renowned scientist and expert in applied and component production technologies, Prof Dr Klaus Drechsler, LCC has developed into a platform for projects with industry. “Development projects with leading industrial companies based on sound scientific knowledge have characterized the work of LCC from the beginning and proved the key to success. We are a founding member of the “MAI Carbon” Leading-Edge Cluster. In collaboration with partners from industry and research and funded by the Federal German Government, we aim to develop processes that reduce production costs by 90% and CFRP material costs by 50%” said Prof Drechsler on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of LCC in September 2014.

The LCC facilitates the creation of international networks with universities and research institutions in Singapore, USA, and China

LCC  facts & figures :

  • Founded in 2009 with an endowment from SGL Group
  • Director: Prof Dr Klaus Drechsler
  • Staff in 2014: 75 Laboratories and pilot-scale facilities in Garching and Ottobrunn covering 600 m², state-of-the-art machinery for CFRP production such as braiding machines and automated tape laying systems



  • Fiber composites technology module
  • 4 specialized courses, 4 practical courses, 2 supplementary courses
  • Guest lecturers:  SGL Group (Dr Öttinger); Airbus Group (Dr Weimer)
  • More than 60 degree theses are supervised each year



  • Research groups: Process Technology for Fibers and Textiles / Simulation / Process Technology for Matrix Systems / Material Behavior and Testing
  • Spin-off: Munich Composites start up
  • Awards: JEC award, several awards for best degree theses