History

IFC Composite GmbH is a spin-off from a division of IFA Maschinenbau GmbH. IFC Composite GmbH has developed into the innovative leader for automotive lightweight design thanks to its continuously new, innovative technologies and products. Its focus, in addition to optimizing design, is on using new materials, including renewable raw materials.

 

Following the privatization of the former GDR subcontracting firm IFA Gelenkwelle in 1992, the first pipes made from glass-fiber reinforced plastic using winding technology were manufactured at IFA Maschinenbau in Haldensleben.

 

In 2002, Heinrich von Nathusius made a forward-looking entrepreneurial decision to set up state-of-the-art prepreg manufacturing. The high-tech products made from continuous filaments are impregnated with an unhardened duroplastic plastic matrix using this special technique. The first series contract for GFRP leaf springs followed in 2004.

 

IFC Composite GmbH was founded in 2005. The company's business model is comprised of the development, manufacturing and sale of innovative lightweight design components.

 

IFC Composite GmbH has meanwhile become the market leader in Europe in the development and manufacturing of structural components made from fiber composite. The company is even number 1 in the world when it comes to manufacturing products using what is known as the prepreg method.

 

Besides the automobile industry, end customers also include companies from the fields of motor sports, the military, wind power and sport. IFC Composite GmbH even offers its outstanding fiber composite development expertise as engineering services.

Glass fibers

Glass fiber is probably the first artificially produced fiber. The stretching of glass fibers was developed around 3500 years ago in Egypt. Glass fibers were produced industrially for the first time in the USA from 1935 onwards.

 

The glass fibers were initially used in electrical applications. However, they are above all a cost-effective alternative to carbon fibers in the field of lightweight design. Thanks to their high elastic breaking elongation capabilities, the thin glass fibers possess considerable flexibility despite their strength.

 

The versatile, weather-resistant and non-flammable fibers are thus equally suited to use in aircraft and automobile manufacturing. Glass-fiber reinforced plastic is particularly used to manufacture cladding or extensive body shell components in these sectors.

 

In the 1950s and 1960s, glass fibers were used for the first time in aircraft manufacturing. In the automotive sector, the Lotus Elite and Ferrari Dino were the first vehicles made from GFRP. The manufacturing of skis, helmets and other sports equipment is now unthinkable without GFRP.