Freudenberg Captures Sustainability Award for Unique Manufacturing Process that Reduces Engineered Waste

  Freudenberg Captures Sustainability Award for Unique Manufacturing Process
                        that Reduces Engineered Waste

-- Proprietary technology wins 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 (ML100) Award

-- Alternative to stamping will help Freudenberg achieve zero manufacturing
waste and achieve its sustainability objectives

-- Process is faster, safer and eliminates up to 1,800 tons of scrap steel per
machine per year

PR Newswire

PLYMOUTH, Mich., Feb. 22, 2013

PLYMOUTH, Mich., Feb. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Freudenberg Sealing
Technologies' breakthrough laser welding process, which eliminates up to 73
percent of the engineered waste produced during traditional stamping
operations, has won a coveted Manufacturing Leadership 100 Sustainability
Award from Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council.

Freudenberg's Laser Welded Narrow Band Forming technology, also known as SUL
(Schmalband-Umform-Laserschweiss), was recognized by the Council as technology
that is shaping the future of global manufacturing. The process, developed and
in use in the company's Weinheim, Germany plant, offers Freudenberg impressive
sustainability advantages including faster setup, safer operations and
elimination of up to 1,800 tons of scrap steel per machine per year.

"We are delighted to receive ML100 award recognition for our SUL technology,"
said Luis Lorenzo, vice president, Advanced Product Engineering, Freudenberg.
"This truly is revolutionary technology that is helping Freudenberg achieve
its stated objective of zero manufacturing waste over the next decade. Our
customers derive terrific benefits from this process – namely, high-quality,
precision steel components that require less time to produce and are better
for the environment."

With a clear focus on addressing environmental challenges like dwindling
resources, government regulations, global warming, population increases and
clean energy, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has implemented a strategic
sustainability roadmap that will guide its long-term efforts to reduce energy
usage, lower its carbon footprint and produce greener, cleaner products and
processes. Groundbreaking technologies like SUL will play a crucial role in
its sustainability efforts. The process has previously won two manufacturing
awards for innovation in Europe.

The SUL process is used in the production of steel rings which improve the
rigidity of radial shaft seals. Traditional manufacturing methods stamp the
"L" and "C" shaped rings from large sheets of metal. As the ring size
increases, more scrap is produced during stamping and in subsequent trimming
and finishing operations.

The SUL process used a narrow band of steel rather than a sheet. The steel
band is cut to length by a laser and wrapped into a ring. The laser welds the
two ends of steel together forming a solid bond and the ring is then formed to
final shape through rolling and calibration.

The SUL process eliminates up to 73 percent of engineered scrap – or more than
1,800 tons of scrap steel per machine per year – manufactured in the
production of radial shaft seals. Additionally, because the process does not
use the petroleum-based lubricants used in traditional stamping operations and
does not require that its parts be treated in a chemical bath after formation,
it facilitates additional important environmental savings.

Equally important, the SUL process is quieter than traditional stamping
operations, employs lighter, easier-to-use tooling and reduces energy
consumption in the plant.

"Freudenberg's Guiding Principles dictate that the company pursue constant
innovation, protect the environment, ensure safety in the workplace and
provide value to its customers," Lorenzo said. "The SUL process is a perfect
example of how the company is achieving all of these objectives by developing
groundbreaking technologies and processes."

Now in their ninth year, the Manufacturing Leadership 100 (ML100) Awards honor
companies and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing.
Nominations across 11 categories are vetted and evaluated by a panel of expert
judges. Seven of the ML100 categories celebrate outstanding projects
undertaken and completed by a manufacturing company. Four categories recognize
the achievements of individual manufacturing executives.

Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award winners will be honored on May 15 at a gala
celebration that follows the ninth annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit in
Palm Beach, Fla., a gathering of manufacturing leaders from around the world.
The theme for the 2013 Summit is "Bold Ideas for a Better Future."

About Freudenberg Sealing Technologies

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is the largest business group of Freudenberg,
a family-owned group of companies with more than 37,000 associates in 58
countries around the globe. On the basis of the Simmerring®, which was
developed by Freudenberg in 1929, the Technology Specialist has built up a
broad range of seals for various sectors. This range has consistently been
adapted to meet the requirements of industrial customers.

Customers encounter Freudenberg Sealing Technologies through five brands:
Automotive (automotive industry/original equipment), Corteco (automotive
industry/independent spares market), Simrit (general industry), Merkel (heavy
industry), and Process Seals (processing technology). Each of these brands is
well established and a market leader in its respective field.

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is based in Europe and North and South
America. In the Americas, the organization is represented by Freudenberg-NOK
Sealing Technologies, a joint venture between Freudenberg and Company in
Germany and NOK Corporation in Japan. Together with its partners the NOK
Corporation, Sigma Freudenberg NOK (India), and the NOK-Freudenberg Group
(China), the company has a global network that aims to supply customers around
the world with products of the same high quality.

SOURCE Freudenberg-NOK

Website: http://mlsummit.com/
Contact: Cheryl Eberwein, +1-734-354-5373, cheryl.eberwein@fnst.com, or Lisa
Gentile, +1-847-428-1261, lisa.gentile@fnst.com, both of Freudenberg-NOK
Sealing Technologies; Adriana Van Duyn, avanduyn@bianchipr.com, Jim Bianchi,
jbianchi@bianchipr.com, both of Bianchi Public Relations, +1-248-269-1122
 
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