Freudenberg Nonwovens Upgrades Spunlaid Production Sites
Germany-based nonwovens manufacturer Freudenberg Nonwovens reports it will make significant investments at facilities in Durham, N.C., and Kaiserslautern, Germany, to enhance production lines to enable the production of higher-quality spunlaid nonwovens with increased performance characteristics. Planned upgrades are expected to be completed sometime during the fourth quarter 2014. Investment value is reported to be several million euros.
One of three lines in Durham will be upgraded with advanced technology. Target markets for the enhanced products include filters and OEM automotive carpet and carpet tile backings. “We are optimizing our manufacturing process and enhancing the performance of our production system with this investment,” said Raoul Farer, technical director, Freudenberg Nonwovens, Durham. According to the company, the investment will also improve its flexibility to supply global markets.
In Kaiserslautern, an existing pilot line will be upgraded. Markets benefiting from the upgrade include automotive, carpet and filtration as well as shoe and construction markets. “This project will lead to improvements in the quality of the product’s physical properties, allowing us to proactively serve the needs of our customers,” said Volker Röhring, Ph.D., head of process development, Freudenberg Nonwovens, Kaiserslautern.
January 21, 2014