Freudenberg Nonwovens invests in spun laid production
Freudenberg Nonwovens, one of the world’s largest and most diverse producers of nonwovens, will upgrade its spun laid production by investing several million Euros at its Durham, North Carolina (USA) and Kaiserslautern (D) sites
Both major projects are subject to enhance product quality. Upon modernisation, the lines will be able to manufacture nonwovens of a higher quality and with improved performance properties. The investment in Durham will additionally increase Freudenberg Nonwovens flexibility in supplying global markets. Dr. Frank Heislitz, CTO of Freudenberg Nonwovens made clear: “As a result, we are strengthening our global position as a technological leader and we are responding to market demand for higher quality materials.”
Advanced production technology will be installed on one of the three existing spun laid lines in Durham (opened in 1983, with around 160 people employed today), allowing the company to further improve the quality of its nonwovens used for filter materials, OEM automotive carpeting and carpet tile backings.
In Kaiserslautern – it actually employs close to 260 people – an existing pilot line is actually already providing an excellent platform for product developments at the planning stage will serve the future as upgraded pipeline. This will bring benefited not only in the automotive, carpet and filter segments, but as well for customers in the shoe and construction sectors. The original unit was commissioned in 1970 and represented one of Freudenberg Nonwovens first spun laid lines in Kaiserslautern.
It is expected that both investments will be completed during the fourth quarter of 2014 and they represent a clear commitment to spun laid technology and form part of a comprehensive international technology strategy.