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 2004

                          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
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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.   German Press Release issued January 20, 2004 regarding capital share

                                    EXHIBIT 1

SGL Carbon lays down details of capital increase / Ad hoc notification pursuant
to ss.15 German Securities Trading Act

WIESBADEN, January 20, 2004. The Executive Committee and the Supervisory Board
of SGL Carbon AG today determined the details of the Company's planned cash
capital increase. The share capital will be increased by approximately
(euro)85.2 million, from approximately (euro)56.7 million to just under
(euro)142 million. SGL Carbon shareholders will be offered the new shares at a
ratio of 2 to 3 which means that they can subscribe three new shares for two
existing shares held. The subscription price is (euro)8. The subscription period
starts on Thursday, January 22 and ends on Thursday, February 05, 2004. The
capital increase, which will be offered to shareholders for subscription by the
mandated bank syndicate, is expected to raise a net amount of approximately
(euro)245 million.

Information and explanations from the issuers for this ad-hoc announcement:

No distribution in the U.S.A., Canada, Japan and Australia:
This press release and the information contained herein is not being
distributed, and is not for distribution, in the United States of America, to
U.S. persons (including legal entities), or to publications with a general
circulation in the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia.

No offer:
This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an
offer to buy the securities described herein. Securities may not be offered or
sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration;
any public offering of securities in the United States must be made by means of
a prospectus that may be obtained from the issuer and that contains detailed
information about the company and management as well as financial statements.
The securities of SGL Carbon described herein have not been and will not be
registered under the U.S. securities laws. The rights will not be available to
U.S. persons, and the offering will not be directed at those persons.

Forward-looking statements:
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements reflect
the current belief of SGL Carbon's management as well as assumptions made by,
and information available to, the SGL Group. Forward-looking statements are not
guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual
future results and developments could differ materially from those set forth in
these statements due to various factors. These factors include, among others,
changes in the general economic and competitive situation, particularly in SGL
Carbon's businesses and markets; changes resulting from acquisitions and the
subsequent integration of companies; and changes resulting from restructuring
measures. In addition, future results and developments could be affected by the
performance of financial markets, fluctuations in exchange rates and changes in
national and supranational law, particularly with regard to tax regulations. The
company assumes no obligation to update future statements.

For further information, please contact:
Corporate Communications / Media Relations / Stefan Wortmann
Tel.: +49 (0) 611 60 29 105 / Fax: +49 (0) 611 60 29 101 /
Mobile: +49 (0) 170 540 2667
e-mail: / Internet:

Corporate Communications, Media Relations
Rheingaustrasse 182, D-65203 Wiesbaden
Tel.: +49 (6 11) 60 29-100, Fax: +49 (6 11) 60 29-101
E-Mail:, Internet:


     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 20, 2004         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