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Freudenberg Group Acquires Hänsel Textil's Interlinings Business

The Germany-based Freudenberg Nonwovens Business Group has acquired the Hänsel brand interlinings business from Germany-based interlinings specialist Hänsel Textil GmbH. The purchase includes all related brands and patents, as well as knit fabric production plants and distribution companies in Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka and Germany. Freudenberg will continue to employ some 90 Hänsel associates in production and sales.
Hänsel Textil’s Hansel TEC technical textiles business is not included in the acquisition.
Hänsel produces specialty interlinings including horsehair canvas, multi-zone interlinings and extremely lightweight woven and knitted interlinings. The products are used in womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, sports clothing and outer garments. Hänsel also develops textiles with special characteristics suited to withstand the rigors of specific manufacturing processes including garment dyeing, enzyme washing and low-melting-point coating processes.
“With the Hänsel brand, Freudenberg is developing its strengths in interlinings,” said Mohsen Sohi, Ph.D., spokesman for the Freudenberg Group Board of Management. “As a leading global manufacturer of highly-developed textiles, with Hänsel, we will be able to offer additional sophisticated interlining solutions.”
“With the textile interlinings used throughout the fashion industry, we are extending our comprehensive portfolio and our know-how in the field of knitted fabrics in a future-oriented manner,” said Bruce Olsen, spokesman for Freudenberg Nonwovens’ Management Board. Olsen stated that he sees benefits in logistics and purchasing synergies.
August 5, 2014