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Freudenberg Politex Opens Energy Cogeneration Plant

Italy-based Freudenberg Politex S.r.l. - a producer of staple and spunbonded polyester nonwovens used in a variety of applications from roofing to garments, and a member of Germany-based Freudenberg Group - recently inaugurated a cogeneration energy plant at its headquarters in Novedrate. The plant, which generates 5 megawatts (mW) of electrical power and 4 mW of thermal energy, reduces the environmental impact of the facility and makes it eligible for white certificates of energy efficiency.

According to Freudenberg Politex, the plant is highly efficient and offers savings on combustion and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of approximately 45 percent, or 14,000 tons per year, when compared to traditional sources.

"The cost of utilities has risen constantly over the years and environmental protection has assumed a much more strategic importance for industries," said Dr. Riccardo Sollini, president and CEO, Freudenberg Politex. "This is why the decision was made to install a cogeneration plant in Italy, where the cost of energy particularly affects our business."

March/April 2009