First COMPOSITES GmbH emerged from the former ZATO GmbH, which was founded by
Dirk Kraemer in 1992 and was also headed by Dirk Kraemer as shareholder-managing
director until 2002.
Dirk Kraemer founded First COMPOSITES GmbH in 2002 together with Markus Hagemeister (to date one of the central technical supports and know-how carriers in the company). From the initial business areas, which were strongly automotive-focused, a customer base developed in other business areas such as mechanical engineering and medical technology over the years.
With the RTM-ROBOT® process, which as been patented since 2012, we could develop a complete in-house production process between 2006 and 2010, which was outsourced into the sister company 1CT First COMPOSITES Technologies GmbH in 2015 with the purpose of improved marketing and sustainable development of a new line of business.
One of the most innovative vehicles in the 90s. First diesel roadster in the world with carbon monocoque and carbon car body. Only 8 chassis were built. Besides 2 prototypes, 5 vehicles were put on the road with type certification. The depicted vehicle (chassis no.: 001) is still in possession of Dirk Kraemer and is still in use.
With the company FINE Mobile GmbH from Rosenthal, the 1C and 1CT were able to acquire a new customer win. For the future TWIKE 5, a fully electric small vehicle (successor of the TWIKE 3), which has an additional pedal drive, which uses generator to charge the battery and thus increase the range, the 1C will deliver lightweight components. The cooperation covers the areas of body parts and seats, but also other lightweight components are still being planned.
1C sponsors and supports the Formula Student Team of the University of Applied Sciences Koblenz. The contract, signed with FH Koblenz and the Rhein-Mosel Motorsport team, provides for First COMPOSITES GmbH to support the still young team in the development and production of lightweight components for the power unit and body parts in the 2018/2019 season. In the penultimate week of June, some members of the new Formula Student team visited 1C in Niederbreitbach and Neuwied and inspected the development and production departments.
1C costumer IBG Automation from Neuenrade exhibited a carbon C-gripper at the Hannover fair, as a full integral part in RTM-ROBOT© technology patented by 1C. The in cooperation produced component is fixed on the arm of a KUKA-robot and in future it will insert dashboards in vehicles fully automatically. Due to the light weight of the carbon C-gripper production speed can be increased and energy cost can be reduced.
March 2017 | Customer from China (Mr. Wu on the left in the photo) on
a visit to Niederbreitbach.
After successful completion of the 2nd electric scooter prototype, the start of the pre-series production, for which 1C has also shipped a first RTM-ROBOT® system to China in December, is now just around the corner. Mr. Wu, principal shareholder of "Yingkou Flying Dragon Carbon Motorcycle Co.Ltd" in China, specifically travelled to Germany in March for the latest test drives with the two scooters. 1C was responsible for the complete development and manufacturing of the chassis, which deployed one-shot technology. The entire front wheel suspension shall be attached centrally in the front to the chassis developed by 1C. From below, the pre-assembled rear swinging fork shall be inserted with an electric motor as one module and attached. There are more slots in the carbon chassis from 1C for the power electronics and the battery. Both the first prototype vehicles should leave for China in about 4 weeks. Several events, exhibitions and press appointments have been planned there.
Multiple carbon and composite components of a historical formula 1 racing car were simultaneously repaired and reconstructed with great dedication and attention to detail. After a serious accident with a lateral impact in the guard rails, practically nothing was left of the front, the rear and the entire left side of the vehicle. Even the carbon monocoque was so badly damaged that the experts from 1C had to use all their experience in several weeks of work so that the original structural strength could be rebuilt. The entire restoration took about 1.5 years; this was also due to the fact that, obviously, chassis parts and similar also had to be replaced besides the chassis and the car body work. 1C's team of engineers and technicians could support here as well. Various suspension parts were measured and sampled and then productions drawings were prepared for the respective suppliers. 1C boss Dirk Kraemer and his team were not the only people who did not want to miss the "historic moment" when the vehicle could again be driven on the racing track for the first time; television and other media representatives were present on site, too.
By order of ID Innovative Dragon Ltd. based in London, 1C has developed a carbon chassis for an electric car and manufactured 2 prototypes. The ID-Taxi, the project name of the vehicle, has been conceptualised for the Asian market and also has, besides the innovative carbon chassis, a completely self-supporting passenger compartment/car body that has also been developed and produced by 1C. The "ID-Taxi" project (previous working title "iTaxi") has been designed around a new electric vehicle that fulfils all present and future requirements in the market for taxis and VIP limousines. The requirements, which the vehicle has consistently been designed for, are: consistent lightweight construction, fully electric drive technology, no emissions, minimal noise generation and great variability in the interior space, for use in the taxi business, for business transfers and VIP trips.
First COMPOSITES GmbH presented itself at COMPOSITES EUROPE in Düsseldorf together with the project partner RAMPF Tooling Solutions GmbH from Grafenberg. 1C and Rampf have been collaborating successfully for years in the fields of moulds and epoxy resin systems. At the joint booth, we presented ourselves to the international audience. The booth also exhibited, among others, 2 new carbon chassis of the ID-Taxi – a 1C order development for the Asian market, which were manufactured in the RTM-ROBOT® technology that is also developed by 1C, as well as the entire car body of this new, fully electric vehicle.
1C customer Brabus regularly exhibits its latest creations in the form of refined Mercedes vehicles at IAA and other international trade fairs. Here too: high-quality carbon components from First COMPOSITES, which have been designed and manufactured at 1C according to the specifications of Brabus Development Manager Jörn Gander (on the left in the photo).
For Callaway Corvette GT3, 1C developed and produced a lateral protection structure for the racing season of 2012 to 2014 from its Carbon-Multi-Profile (CMP), manufactured using the RTM-ROBOT® process. Callaway Corvette Z06.R GT3 is one of the most successful vehicles ever to have been used in the FIA GT3 European Championship. Besides the racing team, Callaway Competition also operates its own carbon manufacturing mainly for customers in the automotive area as well as for end customers who are looking for high-quality tuning parts for increased performance and for refining their vehicles. Here too, the 1C-patented RTM-ROBOT® manufacturing technology is used.
Fantrainer (present name: "Fanjet 600") is an aircraft designed and built by aircraft manufacturer Rhein-Flugzeugbau, which had been conceptualised and developed for the training of jet pilots. Fanjet Aviation GmbH is engaged in resuming the production of this unique aircraft and commissioned First COMPOSITES GmbH after an extremely unusual accident. On the runway, a passenger inadvertently pulled the lever for emergency exit, which resulted in ejection of the cockpit; as expected, the cockpit did not survive this without damage. 1C took up quarters in a specifically rented hangar and first rebuilt the damaged cockpit, which then had to serve as "master form". The on-site moulding was followed by model making and mould making on the premises of First COMPOSITES in Niederbreitbach, finally leading to the manufacturing and painting at 1C partner facilities before the new cockpit could be re-assembled in the hangar. After the acceptance by corresponding testers and authorities, Fanjet 600 could again ascend to the skies, resulting in this wonderful aerial photo, which 1C received as thank-you and with special regards.
Partner company and 1C customer Callaway Carbon based in Santa Ana presented
the RTM-ROBOT® process and RTM-Carbon products from the in-house development and
production at SAMPE in Long Beach. Dirk Kraemer used this opportunity for a
brief visit to the trade fair, which took place in Long Beach, virtually
opposite the front door of the registered office of Callaway near Los Angeles.
Reeves Callaway, founder of Callaway Cars and Callaway Carbon is the first
customer of First COMPOSITES to have purchased an RTM-ROBOT® and uses it for
in-house production. Besides the close collaboration, Reeves Callaway and Dirk
Kraemer also share a close friendship. After the visit to the trade fair, there
was still some time for a brief excursion to the nearby beach before going back
to the airport and travelling home to Germany.
To Callaway-Carbon see also:
Rhein-Zeitung and home editions dated 11/13.2012:
Niederbreitbacher fertigen nach weltweit
Wirtschaft First Composites GmbH hat sich auf Verbundfaserstoffe spezialisiert
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