FRANKFURT -- German graphite electrode and carbon composite maker SGL Carbon has signed an agreement with carmaker Audi to develop lightweight carbon-ceramic brake discs, SGL said in a statement on Tuesday.
SGL said it would get a low double-digit million euro amount for technological and manufacturing development as well as for planning automated serial production.
It said the two companies may also enter into a joint venture for an investment in large-scale production resulting from the development agreement, but a decision on this would be taken later.
SGL said Audi would introduce the carbon-ceramic brake into the market as part of a long-term supply agreement. The discs will be made at an exisiting SGL factory at Meitingen, Germany.
SGL said Audi's A8 W12 quattro model, to be launched later in the day, would be equipped with the new brake disc from later in the year.
The brake disc technology was developed by SGL in the 1990s along with carmaker Porsche.