Freudenberg Nonwovens with several novelties
German Freudenberg Nonwovens presented new product solutions in six market segments as we reported before. A special highlight has been the international press conference with debuting of the new generation of Vildon® Airliner 2.0 for waterproof and breathable shoe soles and uppers
The international press conference was also the occasion, where Bruce Olson, CEO of Freudenberg Nonwovens, outlined the new strategic positioning of the company belonging to Freudenberg Group. The motto remains the same: “The Solution Engineers – Wherever you are”.
Megatrends, such as urbanisation and energy storage are the drivers for Freudenberg Nonwovens developers. Dr. Christoph Weber, Head of Separator R&D Department, presented the company’s solutions for high performance batteries in the shape of the latest development in separators for Lithium-ion batteries. He stated: “This is an ultrathin nonwoven with a special surface coating that outperforms conventional separator materials, foremost in terms of thermal and mechanical stability. These Vildeon® separators provide the needed improvements in battery technology playing a key role in terms of safety, reliability and service life of large Lithium-ion batteries for emerging mobile and stationary applications”.
Twelve years ago the Evolon® microfilament technology was launched. Now Freudenberg Nonwovens invests some EUR 5 million to expand production capacity at its plant in Colmar, Alsace (F). Take-up of production will be at the end of coming October and the annual production capacity will be 3000 t/year. Evolon® is a revolutionary chemical free fabric for anti allergy bedding. The microfilament structure provides outstanding cleaning and lint free properties, all makes Evolon a perfect cloth for high-tech scratch free wiping and it offers also best surface protection for the transport of sensitive parts customary in the automotive and electronic industry. The latest innovations and applications relate to LCD wet wipes, sport & beach towels or eco-friendly printing media. Evolon®’s feature can be enhanced by all traditional textile finishing processes.
Another novelty represents Vildona® Airliner 2.0, the 300 times more breathability offering shoe insole as to compare with conventional membranes. The technology is based on a spunlace nonwoven substrate, in which a superabsorbent polymer is anchored by using a chemical reaction. During Techtexil in Frankfurt (June 11 -13, 2013) an agreement with the leading Turkish brand Greyder® was concluded, this in addition to the already existing technological partnership with Deichman Group. Simon Browne, responsible for the shoe business in Europe added: Other major brands are also extremely interested in this revolutionary shoe technology”. Inn addition Freudenberg Nonwovens reports an excellent outturn at it s booth and a very fruitful and constructive dialogue with its customers, the basis for further success worldwide.