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Freudenberg North America Announces Developments

Freudenberg North America LP reports recyclable product innovations have benefited its businesses. The company recycles more than 377 million plastic drink bottles annually.

Freudenberg Nonwovens, Durham, N.C., maker of products for carpet, filtration and automotive applications, restarted an idled spunbond line in 2010; reports increased demand for its Lutradur® and Lutradur ECO recycled plastic products; and has hired some 30 employees over the past year.

Nonwoven automotive fabric maker Freudenberg Vitech, Hopkinsville, Ky., has signed significant industry contracts; developed technology and manufacturing processes for interiors; and increased its workforce by 30 percent.

Freudenberg Household Products (FHP), Aurora, Ill., and Sp Berner Plastic Group, Spain, have set up a joint venture to supply recycled mop and broom parts to make cleaning products. FHP-Berner will hire more than 50 employees.

Freudenberg Texbond LP, Macon, Ga., a maker of nonwoven roofing membrane and building materials, recycles and processes more than 1 million bottles daily for its production.

Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, Hopkinsville, uses post-consumer recycled plastic to manufacture Viledon® air and liquid filtration systems.

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