Officials of Dieffenbacher GmbH, which makes composite forming production lines and machines to make wood-based panels, reported that 2012 turnover increased to more than 400 million euros ($519 million), an increase of more than 50 million euros from 2011.
Dieffenbacher, based in Eppingen, Germany, employs 1,780 people.
Dieffenbacher’s full automated system manufactures a woven carbon fiber preform, automation and the new CompressLite forming press—claimed to the first production line that can do large-scale production of ultra-light components using carbon fiber.
The company reports that almost all German car manufacturers invested in Dieffenbacher technology in 2012. One German automaker bought seven production lines. A Japanese car company bought one. Also, Dieffenbacher reported that 10 orders have been received for the CompressLite press.
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