Freudenberg opens ATSC – Asia: Further Expansion of Innovation Capacities
by Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh, Senior International Correspondent Freudenberg's declared mission is to continue to offer its customers excellent products and solutions in the future, while at the same time driving forward the development of the industry through innovation. With the establishment of the Apparel Technical Solution Center (ATSC) - Asia directly adjacent to the plant in Nantong, China, the Freudenberg Performance Materials Division is now taking a further decisive next step in the implementation of its corporate strategy.
On an area of 900 square meters, the center, which opened on August 6, offers customers from almost all apparel segments in Asia and around the world innovations and an incomparably high level of technical expertise, according to the management at the Weinheim, Germany headquarters. The new ATSC is equipped with the latest technology, enabling comprehensive technical support and customized services. The equipment includes a wide range of fusing and bonding machines, laser, and ultrasonic cutters, special sewing machines for applications also specifically in the manufacture of sportswear, furthermore fiber filling machines for insulation applications as well as washing and dry cleaning machines that comply with GB and AATCC standards. Supporting product development of complex apparel solutions According to Freudenberg, the center will also offer technical expertise to support customers in the development of complex apparel solutions. The focus of Freudenberg Performance Materials' commitment here is in particular on support for the sportswear industry - cooperation in the development of product innovations and identification of technical solutions for high-performance applications. To meet increased demand, Freudenberg relocated its China production to the Nantong Economic and Technological Development Area Center at the site in the metropolis of 8 million inhabitants in Jiangsu Province in 2021. Continuously improving production quality Among other things, the new plant has an innovative online defect detection system, Freudenberg points out. This means that defect information is recorded in real-time and forwarded to the operating personnel so that they can make immediate adjustments. This increases the production quality of Class A bi-elastic interlinings and shirt interlinings. In addition, an online system for automatic adjustment of weft density, for example, helps to improve the stability of the drying process and the quality of semi-finished products, Freudenberg added. In December 2021, Freudenberg Performance Materials started construction of a new interlinings center for the apparel industry in Sant'Omero, Italy. Base material processing, finishing, and coating are to be bundled at this site in the province of Teramo in the Abruzzo region of eastern Italy. The planned date for commissioning: is early 2023. To this end, the production plant will be relocated from Weinheim to Sant'Omero and recommissioned in a newly built production hall, according to the management. For the production of base material for interlinings, the company intends to concentrate in the future on manufacturing at its headquarters in Weinheim and thus Germany.
Freudenberg Performance Materials – the Freudenberg Group’s nonwovens specialist – in September was hosting a meeting of the German National Hydrogen Council at the Freudenberg headquarters in Weinheim, Germany. As a leading global supplier of technical textiles, Freudenberg Performance Materials provides fuel cell components for mobile applications and for electrolyzers used to produce CO2-free hydrogen. The German National Hydrogen Council was appointed by the German government and acts as an independent, non-partisan advisory board. The council board currently consists of 25 high-ranking experts in the fields of economy, science, and civil society. The objective is to assist and advise the State Secretaries’ Committee on Hydrogen in the further development and implementation of Germany’s National Hydrogen Strategy. Council meetings are hosted by one of the board members to enable the council to deepen its knowledge of the relevant technologies, value chain roles, and challenges.