Form 6-K

                             Washington, D.C. 20549

                            Report of Foreign Issuer
                      Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of
                       the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the month of: January 2003

                          SGL CARBON Aktiengesellschaft

                              (Name of registrant)

                               Rheingaustrasse 182
                                 65203 Wiesbaden

                    (Address of Principal Executive Offices)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports
under cover of Form 20-F or Form 40-F:

                  Form 20-F   X                   Form 40-F

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant by furnishing the information
contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the SEC
pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934:

                  Yes                             No   X
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If "Yes" is marked, indicate the file number assigned to the registrant in
connection with Rule 12g3-2(b): N/A

                                  Exhibit Index

1. Press Release issued January 17, 2003 regarding divestment of German
   electrical contacts business.

                                    EXHIBIT 1

                    SGL Carbon Optimizes Product Portfolio;
       Sale of Non-core Area / Divestment of Electrical Contacts Business

     WIESBADEN, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 17, 2003--As part of its measures
to streamline its portfolio, the SGL Carbon Group has divested its German
business in electrical contacts for trains, trams and electric motors over the
last few days.
     SGL Pantrac GmbH, Berlin, has been taken over by E-Carbon S.A., Brussels.
E-Carbon ( is a joint venture of Gerken S.A., Verviers
(Belgium), and Helwig Carbon Products Inc., Milwaukee (USA). Both companies are
long-standing customers of SGL Carbon Group in the US and Europe. The parties
have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
     With the sale of this non-core business, which generated annual revenues of
approx. (EUR) 12 million, SGL Carbon is withdrawing in a first step from the
manufacture of electrical contacts. This is an important step for SGL Carbon to
further concentrate on high-tech applications within the business unit Graphite
Specialties. The Company already announced in early 2002 that as part of the
5-point program it would divest non-core activities in order to streamline its
portfolio and to further reduce financial liabilities.

   Important Notice:

     This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the US
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. It contains forward-looking
statements and information relating to sales and earnings figures, based on
currently available information. Actual future results and trends could differ
materially from those set forth in such statements due to various factors. Such
factors include unforeseeable alterations in electric steel production, the
possibility of changing economic and competitive conditions, changes in currency
rates, technological developments, unanticipated developments relating to
recently acquired businesses and Group companies, unforeseen difficulties
relating to the investigations by the European antitrust authorities and to the
now completed investigation by the Canadian and U.S. antitrust authorities and
the civil actions related to these investigations and other risks and
uncertainties, including those detailed in the Company's filings with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission. SGL Carbon does not intend to update these
forward-looking statements, and does not assume any obligation to do so.

    CONTACT: SGL Carbon
             Stefan Wortmann, +49 611 60 29 105,
             Fax - +49 6 11 60 29 101, Mobile - +49 170 540 2667


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                    SGL CARBON Aktiengesellschaft

Date: January 17, 2003        By:   /s/ Robert J. Kohler
                                    Name:    Robert J. Koehler
                                    Title:   Chairman of the Board of Management

                                    By:      /s/ Dr. Bruno Toniolo
                                    Name:    Dr. Bruno Toniolo
                                    Title:   Member of the Board of Management