Freudenberg & Co. KG

Company Profile

■URL

http://www.freudenberg.com

■Address

Hoehnerweg 2-4, 69465 Weinheim, Germany

Business Overview

-The Company is a global technology group which develops and manufactures rubber, plastic, and nonwoven products for applications such as seals, vibration control components, filters and specialty chemicals. The Company supplies products to a variety of markets, primarily the automotive, mechanical and plant engineering segments. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, the Company’s largest share of business came from the Automotive OEM sector, which contributed 38% of the Company’s total sales.

-The Company has the following four business areas:

  • Seals and Vibration Control Technology
  • Nonwovens and Filtration
  • Household Products
  • Specialties and Others

-Automotive components are produced by the following business groups: 
Seals and Vibration Control Technology segment

Nonwovens and Filtration segment

  • Freudenberg Performance Materials
  • Freudenberg Filtration Technologies
  • Japan Vilene Company

Specialties and Others segment

  • Freudenberg Chemical Specialities


-The Company holds a non-controlling interest in several companies, including the NOK Corporation, which has a partnership with the Company and is registered in Tokyo.

-In April 2016, the Company acquired and gained control of Japan Vilene Company, which operates as a business group within the Company’s Nonwovens and Filtration Business Area. The Company owns 75% of Japan Vilene Company, while Toray owns the remaining 25%.

-In July 2016, the Company acquired the remaining 50% of shares held by Trelleborg in its joint venture, Vibracoustic GmbH for approximately SEK 6.8 billion.

Shareholders

-The Company is a family company owned by the approximately 320 heirs of the founder, Carl Johann Freudenberg.

Products

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies
-Absolute encoders
-Actuator diaphragms
-Bonded piston seals
-Boots
-Breathable caps
-Cartridge seals
-Cassette seals
-Connectors
-Covers
-Curve gaskets
-Damper and steering seals
-Diaphragm accumulators
-Edge-bonded gaskets
-Encoders
-Energy Saving Seals (ESS)
-Frame gaskets for pouch cells
-Gaskets
-Housings with integrated seals
-Hydraulic accumulators
-Low friction simmerrings
-Multipole encoders
-O-rings
-Offset seals
-Overpressure valves
-Plastic carrier gaskets
-Plug and Seal plug-in connectors
-Plug and Seal connectors with sensors
-Pop seals
-PTFE seals for rotary joints
-Pump housings
-Radial shaft seals
-Seals for electronic modules
-Sealing caps
-Sealing mats
-Sealing plugs
-Shock absorber seals
-3D-formed all-plastic pipes
-Valve stem seals with back-pressure sealing lip

Freudenberg Chemical Specialities
-Lubricants and release agents for the following:

  • Brake systems
  • Steering systems
  • Chassis systems
  • Constant Velocity (CV) joints
  • Drive trains
  • Seats
  • Tires
  • Gearboxes
  • Clutches

-Corrosion protection coatings
-Decorative finishing of metal and plastic parts
-Modular cleaners for cylinder production

Freudenberg Filtration Technologies
-Cabin air filters
-Engine intake air filters
-Fuel cell filters
-Fuel cell humidifiers

Freudenberg Performance Materials
-Acoustic composities
-Acoustic nonwovens
-Backing materials for throw-in mats
-Backing materials for automotive carpets
-Moldings
-Nonwovens for automotive headliners
-Nonwovens for fuel cells
-Automotive carpets for sound deadening and surface design
-Technical packaging for sensitive surfaces
-Battery separators for hybrid and electric vehicles
-Headliner facings
-Tuft-backings

Vibracoustic
-Powertrain center devices, isolators, and dampers

  • Center bearing supports
  • Center sleeves
  • Spherical center sleeves
  • Flexible propshaft couplings
  • Propshaft dampers
  • Tube-in-tube systems

-Powertrain mounts

  • Hydro engine mounts
  • Vacuum switchable hydro engine mounts
  • Torque rods
  • Gearbox mounts
  • Engine mounts with heat shields

-Torsional vibration dampers

  • Damper isolator pulleys
  • Overrunning damper isolator pulleys
  • Vulcanized torsional vibration dampers
  • High torque pressed torsional vibration dampers

-Air springs

  • Axial bellows
  • Cross-ply bellows
  • ZAX bellows

-Chassis mounts

  • DualRubber bushings
  • Hydro-bushings
  • Subframe bushes
  • Top mounts
  • Cooler mounts
  • Mud stay assemblers
  • Reaction rod bushes
  • Bolster springs

-Chassis isolators and dampers

  • Exhaust mounts
  • Covertible dampers
  • Rear differential unit dampers

-Microcellular polyurethane (MCU) components

  • Jounce bumpers
  • Spring aids
  • Body mounts
  • Spring isolators
  • MCU top mounts

-Cab mounts

  • Cabin mount - tilting bearings
  • Cabin mount with decouple stiffness rate and tilting functions
  • Cabin mount – comfort bearings

Japan Vilene Company
-Headliner materials
-Interior materials
-Automobile filters
-Insulator materials
-Automatic transmission fluid strainers
-Floor mats
-Trunk mats

History

1929 Manufacture of leather seals (Simmerring), a radial shaft sealing ring, was developed of Freudenberg.
1936 Use of synthetic rubber for seals.
1957 Acquired license for production of rubber-to metal-elements.
Starting of vibration control technology.
1960 Acquired holdings in the Japanese companies NOK (owned 25%).
1989 Established the Freudenberg-NOK joint venture in the USA.
1991 Acquired Woodland Molded Plastic Corp., YOM of France and Carl Bartsch GmbH & Co. KG.
Co. sold Wheaton Health Care Products and Pharma Tech GP
1992 Acquired Freudenberg Dichtungs und Schwingungstechnik GmbH and Formenbau und Kunststofftechnik from the East German state-owned VEB Gumminwerke (Polymant GmbH).
1993 Acquired the three seal manufacturers: Procal and PU S.A. in France, Precision Rubber Sealings in Italy Owned a minority holding in German seal manufacture ElringKlinger GmbH.
1998 Freudenberg formed a partnership with Phoenix AG and French gasket manufacture Meillor SA. 
Freudenberg terminated its partnership with ElringKinger GmbH.
Jan. 1998 Freudenberg started a plant to produce shock absorber seals for Central and Eastern European vehicle manufactures in Hungary, with DM10m investment.
May 1998 Freudenberg sold 37.2% share in ElringKlinger GmbH.
Jul. 1998 Freudenberg acquired the O-ring manufacturer International Seal Corp in USA.
Dec. 1998 Freudenberg acquired a minority holding in and agreed to cooperation with Meillor SA, which is a French automotive gasket manufacture to meet the demand for complete sealing systems.
Co. with NOK has owned a minority holding in Korea company Pyung Hwa Industrial Co., Ltd.
Jan. 1999 Freudenberg Vliesstoffe KG and Japanese Vilene Company acquired Korean non-woven products manufacturer, the Xetex Corporation (owned 45%).
Mar. 1999 Freudenberg started a 3 year program of refurbishment at its brake hoses plant in Saint-Andre-Le-Puy, France.
Freudenberg invested FF 28m at Andrezieux-Boutheon plant, France.
Jul. 1999 Freudenberg-NOK acquired a subsidiary of Meillor or SA, Farnam Meillor(USA).
The company produces gaskets, Freudenberg strengthens to provide transmission sealing.
2000 Freudenberg acquired a majority holding in Handles und Verwaltungsgesellshaft Erich Wagner & Co.
Jan. 2000 European Commission authorized a 50:50 joint-venture between Freudenberg and Phoenix AG. 
Jul. 2003 Freudenberg Nonwovens opened new plant for micronAir cabin air filters in Kaiserslautern.
Mar. 2004 Freudenberg & Co. acquired large sections of automotive business of Burgmann Dichtungswerke in Wolfratshausen.
Jan. 2005 Sigma Freudenberg NOK joint venture opened the new production plant for seals in Mohali, Northern India.
May 2005 The Freudenberg Group and its Japanese partners NOK and JVC acquired Nantong Hymo.
Jun. 2006 Freudenberg NOK Mechatronics bought the production plant for large flexible printed circuits and a large share of the associated business from Delphi Deutschland GmbH.
Aug. 2007 Freudenberg & Vilene Filter Thailand (FVFT), a new joint venture established in Amata Nakon Industrial Estate.
Oct. 2007 Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership acquired the assets of Precision Industries Corporation of Germantown, Wisconsin.
Dec. 2007 Mitsubishi Corporation and Freudenberg signed a contract for the sale of the European and US Flexitech companies.
Jan. 2008 Freudenberg Nonwovens took over the operations of the Spasciani Air Filter SpA in Milan.
2010 Vibracoustic took over all shares of the joint venture partner Anvis Group, making it the sole owner of Vibracoustic do Brasil headquartered in Taubate, Brazil.
Freudenberg Filtration Technologies acquired a majority share in Micro Fresh Filters (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Braeside, Australia.
Jan. 2011 The Company handed over its OEM cylinder head and exhaust gasket business to ElringKlinger AG with effect from January 1, 2011.
Mar. 2012 Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, acquired Pyramid Filters Pvt. Ltd.
Jun. 2012 Sold precision molded brake parts business to ContiTech Vibration Control GmbH.
Jul. 2012 Completed the joint venture between Freudenberg Vibracoustic Business Group and Trelleborg AB to form TrelleborgVibracoustic.
Oct. 2012 Freudenberg Sealing Technologies acquired 50% of the Schneegans group.
2013 Freudenberg Sealing Technologies acquired Beta Seals Sizdirmazlik Elemanlari Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Srketi, a manufacturer of bearing seals for automotive applications.
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies acquired 90% of PTFE Compounds Germany GmbH, a supplier of high-quality PTFE compounds.
Jun. 2013 Formed a joint venture, Vibracoustic CV Air Springs GmbH, from the Company's TrelleborgVibracoustic segment with HSS Otomotiv to produce air springs for commercial vehicles.
Dec. 2013 TrelleborgVibracoustic acquired its former joint venture, Sigma Vibracoustic India, a producer of automotive anti-vibration solutions.
Jan. 2014 Freudenberg NOK Mechatronics was renamed as enmech.
NOK-Freudenberg Group China was integrated into the Freudenberg Sealing Technologies Business Group.
Jan. 2015 Freudenberg Performance Materials began operation combining Freudenberg Nonwovens and Freudenberg Politex Nonwovens.
Aug. 2015 Acquired Japan Vilene Co., Ltd. via a takeover bid through FT Holdings, a joint venture between the Company and Toray Industries, Inc.
Apr. 2016 Acquired and gained control of Japan Vilene Company, a manufacturer and developer specializing in nonwovens. The Company owns 75% of Japan Vilene Company, while Toray owns the remaining 25%.
Jul. 2016 Acquired remaining 50% stake of Vibracoustic GmbH, a joint venture with Trelleborg AB specializing in vibration control technology, from Trelleborg AB for approximately SEK 6.8 billion.

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