Four years ago, the employees of the Technical University of Munich founded Munich Composites (Ottobrunn, Germany). The vision was to produce hollow composite components automated with high quality braiding technology at a low cost.
Currently, Munich Composites manufactures a series of complex tubes of up to 5,000 per year. These components can be used where significant weight reduction is important to replace steel or aluminum.
The company has won two Innovation Awards from JEC. One of the awards was in the Transportation Category for its carbon fiber air spring carrier part, produced in partnership with transportation giant MAN Truck and Bus AG (Munich, Germany). The project’s goal was to cut suspension weight by using a composite in place of steel.
Munich Composites has customers in sports and lifestyle, bicycle, automotive, aerospace, health and other industries. Customers include BMW, Porsche, Rehau, Evonik, MT Aerospace SQlab, among others.
In the next years, lines for mass production will be set up to serve new markets and customers. The company will continue to invest in technology for the production of hollow composite components.
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