DURHAM, N.C., April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Freudenberg Nonwovens, the world's leading nonwovens producer, will be exhibiting its wide range of products and technologies at IDEA 2013. This International Engineered Fabrics Conference & Expo will be held April 22 – 25, in Miami Beach, Florida. Several products and applications will be on display, including the newest sustainable material, Lutradur® ECO made with REPREVE®. Additionally, products from several major market segments including transportation, innovation, building and specialty will also be available. In conjunction with launching their new website, www.freudenberg-nw.com, Freudenberg will also be promoting its new corporate slogan "The Solution Engineers – Wherever you are" to demonstrate its global presence and focus on meeting customer needs.
"IDEA 2013 gives us the opportunity to showcase a wide variety of Freudenberg Nonwovens products for several of our key market segments, with a special focus on eco-friendliness. Events like IDEA 2013 are important because they provide the opportunity to receive input from our current and potential customers which we can apply in our product development," says John McNabb, General Manager North America.
Freudenberg Nonwovens is introducing its innovative and eco-friendly nonwoven product Lutradur® ECO, made with REPREVE recycled PET resin. REPREVE is a brand made with recycled materials, including plastic bottles. Unlike any other recycled ingredients, REPREVE is made with the highest quality standards in the industry, and certification and verification that ensure product integrity. Lutradur® ECO has the same outstanding product properties such as dimensional stability, high temperature resistance, non-fray properties and surface uniformity, only it's better for the planet thanks to REPREVE. Lutradur® ECO is suitable for many applications, including wall covering substrates, carpet backing, landscape & geotextiles, green roof systems, building & construction, coating and printing substrates, and many other end uses.
The transportation segment will feature its award-winning Lutraflor® product, a new generation of nonwoven carpeting. This unique material consists of a 100% polyester composite construction using a color-mastered staple fiber layer and a spunlaid nonwoven substrate. It has superior abrasion resistance, luxurious appearance, and high recycle content to help achieve green initiatives. This unique weight-savings material will compliment other Lutradur® applications within the transportation lineup such as automotive underbody shields and carpet tile backings for the airline industry.
New applications using Freudenberg-produced materials will be on display in the innovation sector of the booth. Materials such as Evolon®, a unique microfilament fabric, have been fabricated into novel end-use products such as in-flight service blankets for the airline industry and durable sleeping bags for the outdoor enthusiast. Newly developed Lutrabond® Fine Denier materials will also be a focus in this segment to promote its several key benefits such as web uniformity, high tear resistance and most importantly the ability to seal, weld, laminate or print with the substrate.
Several furniture & bedding products using many well known Freudenberg brands such as Lutradur®, Evolon®, and Celestia® will be a part of the Building showcase. These end-use applications such as dust covers, anti-mite bedding, and fire retardant mattress covers serve various functions of protection. Green building products will also be on display for customers wanting to meet their sustainability initiatives with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED credit system. Examples of these materials include wall covering substrates made from Lutradur® Eco and reinforced needle punch materials made from bottle flake for the roofing market.
To round out the Freudenberg display, the specialty segment has a wide variety of applications from disposable to durable-type products. Several materials from the disposable businesses include substrates for medical transdermal patches, wound care, adsorptives and cover layers for hygiene products. Additionally, industrial products will also be available such as water blocking tapes for cable, electrical insulators and surface veils for Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP) composites. Products shown at IDEA13 serve as a preview of how Freudenberg responds to their customer needs around the world. Freudenberg Nonwovens is The Solution Engineer – Wherever you are!
Freudenberg Nonwovens is the world's largest producer of nonwovens, with 21 manufacturing and processing sites in 13 countries. The company manufactures interlinings for the apparel industry and nonwovens for the following markets: Energy, Automotive Interiors, Hygiene, Medical, Building Interiors, Geotextiles and Specialites. In 2011, the subgroup company Freudenberg Nonwovens, generated sales of over 660 million euros with a workforce of 3,150 people. Freudenberg Nonwovens is part of the Freudenberg Group. More information can be found on www.freudenberg-nw.com.
About the Freudenberg Group
The Freudenberg Group is a family company offering its customers technically challenging product solutions and services. The Group develops and manufactures seals, vibration control components, filters, nonwovens, products for surface treatment, release agents and specialty lubricants, medical and mechatronic products. And especially for mid-size companies, Freudenberg develops software solutions and IT services. The end-user can find modern Freudenberg household products in the shops under the brand names of vileda®, O-Cedar®, Wettex®, Gala® and SWASH®. The Freudenberg Group employed over 37,000 people in 58 countries and generated sales of more than €6 billion in 2011. For further information, please go to www.freudenberg.com.
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