For the second time in less than a year, BMW has announced plans to expand their carbon fiber factory in Moses Lake, Washington.

For the second time in less than a year, BMW has announced plans to expand their carbon fiber factory in Moses Lake, Washington.

The plant, which is jointly-operated with SGL Automotive, will receive a $200 (€145.3) million investment on top the of $100 (€72.6) million investment that was announced in February.

The expansion is expected to be completed in early 2015 and it will make the Moses Lake factory the world’s largest carbon fiber plant.

The plant currently has two production lines which enable it to produce about 3,000 tons of carbon fiber annually. Two more production lines will be added this summer and the latest round of investments will bring the total up to six. If everything goes according to plan, the plant will be able to produce approximately 9,000 tons of carbon fiber per year.

According to Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW's Board Member for Purchasing and the Supplier Network, “CFRP is a key material for the automotive industry of the 21st century. In our endeavor to identify increasingly lightweight materials in order to reduce a vehicle’s weight and thus its fuel consumption and carbon emissions, this material plays a crucial role." Draeger went on to say, "As part of an intelligent mix of materials, we will apply carbon also beyond our BMW i and BMW M models in the future."

While the company was coy on specifics, BMW Chairman Norbert Reithofer recently confirmed the 2015 7-Series will feature "intelligent composite construction" which utilizes carbon fiber. He also said the lightweight material will enable the model to set an "example in terms of weight reduction."

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