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Freudenberg acquires technology from innovative startup

Expansion of technology portfolio with hard particle coating of nonwovens to enhance the friction coefficient

The Freudenberg global technology group has acquired the activities of the startup FRICTins GmbH from Wolnzach, Germany – including FRICTins’ innovative technology to increase the friction coefficient. This allows light-weight and more compact component designs as well as the trans-mission of up to 5-times higher torque and shear forces. These fea-tures are of critical relevance in e-mobility applications and increas-ing performance requirements for part connections.

“In the future, Freudenberg will offer the global automotive industry a cost-efficient, hard particle coated nonwoven solution – ideally suited for the realization of new powertrain designs and lightweight concepts”, stated Dr. Frank Heislitz, CEO of Freudenberg Performance Materials.

This technology combines a unique hard particle coating process with a special nonwoven from Freudenberg. It is utilized by automotive manufacturers and suppliers in engine, chassis and powertrain applications. It can increase the friction coefficient up to a factor of 8. This allows for a significant improvement in the performance of screw joints and press fits. Increasing the friction coefficient here enables many new and innovative material combinations.

Currently, the products are manufactured on a pilot production scale in a facility near Munich (Wolnzach). Freudenberg has acquired all the assets and will set up industrial scale production within the next few months.

SOURCE: Freudenberg

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