Freudenberg Nonwovens with new re-granulation unit
In order to make the best use of existing raw materials – getting scarcer – Freudenberg Nonwovens has added a re-granulation unit at its plant in Kaiserslautern (D)
The official opening ceremony took place on May 7, 2013 and the total investment was in excess of EUR 700000. Steffen Ruther, Production Manager at the new plant, stated: “At Kaiserslautern, we have been recycling rejected materials such as start-up materials and edge strips for many years. The new unit represents a quantum leap in our everyday work and the overall investment process was very fast. We only needed four weeks to install the unit in the size of a three to four room flat. The plant will allow us to further improve the quality of our products and to offer to our customers even better solutions”.
The rejected material from production is melted, cooled and chopped-up into small pieces to become granulates. The chips produced are returned to the manufacturing process and used to produce nonwovens. The production circle allows a more effective use of raw materials and we make a contribution to the environmental protection. The increasing scarcity of natural resources such as oil our raw materials are based upon, the recycling of rejected materials becomes important.
At the Kaiserlautern site, established in 1970, the Freudenberg Nonwovens Business Group produces spunlaid nonwovens for the sectors of construction, hygiene and carpet industries, as well applications in horticulture. In addition, the two business groups Freudenberg Filtration Technologies and Helix Medical are producing at the site and totally there are 561 persons employed.