Freudenberg Acquires Hänsel Textil’s Interlinings Business

Freudenberg Nonwovens, Germany, has purchased Germany-based Hänsel Textil GmbH’s Hänsel brand interlinings business, including related brands and patents, as well as knit fabric production plants and distribution companies in Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka and Germany. Freudenberg will retain some 90 Hänsel production and sales associates.

Hänsel’s specialty interlinings include horsehair canvas, multi-zone interlinings, and ultralightweight woven and knitted apparel interlinings. Hänsel also develops textiles with special characteristics suited to withstand the rigors of specific manufacturing processes such as garment dyeing, enzyme washing and low-melting-point coating processes.

 “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 added that he sees benefits in logistics and purchasing synergies.

September/October 2014