Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Simrit Gives Airbus A350 XWB a Lift with Aerospace Seals

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Simrit Gives Airbus A350 XWB a Lift with
                               Aerospace Seals

PR Newswire

PLYMOUTH, Mich., June 24, 2013

PLYMOUTH, Mich., June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As the Airbus A350 XWB (Xtra
Wide-Body) aircraft completed its flyover at the Paris Air Show last week,
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Simrit (Freudenberg-NOK) is proud to have
contributed essential components to the commercial aircraft. Freudenberg-NOK,
a leading global sealing supplier to the aerospace industry, worked with a key
manufacturer of high-lift systems to support the new A350 XWB aircraft.

"We're proud to have been involved in this project from the initial design
through the final development stage, as sealing components are an integral
part of the successful function of high-lift systems," said Vinay Nilkanth,
vice president of global sales, aerospace, Freudenberg-NOK. "Seeing the Airbus
A350 XWB aircraft achieve its first flight and now the flyover at the Paris
Air Show is a testament to what Freudenberg-NOK can offer to its customers."

The A350 XWB aircraft utilizes a mechanical high-lift system to effectively
and efficiently assist in take-off and landing. These systems increase the
surface area of the wing, allowing the aircraft to take-off and land on
shorter runways and at reduced speeds. As a result, airports with smaller
runways can still accommodate large commercial aircraft.

In addition to Freudenberg-NOK's aerospace O-Rings used in various flight
control hydraulic systems, plate seals used on the auxiliary power unit and
specialty sealing products used on cabin pressure control valves, the
company's radial shaft seals are utilized as grease and oil seals within the
A350 XWB horizontal stabilizer, as well as throughout the aircraft's high-lift
system components.

Freudenberg-NOK's elastomeric and PTFE (polytetraflouroethylene) seal designs
offer improved leakage control and longer life by utilizing proprietary
elastomer formulations and engineered design geometry to allow for reduced
friction, optimized contact pressure, improved wear resistance and long-term
sealing force resiliency to meet extended life cycle requirements.

The sealing components were designed to provide long-term performance and
reduced friction for the smaller motors that provide power for the various
gearbox drive units. Freudenberg-NOK exceeded the sealing challenges by
utilizing innovative radial shaft seal designs developed through the extensive
use of finite element analysis. This analysis helped refine the seal designs
so the final configurations reduced speed-to-market and allowed the
Freudenberg-NOK customer to meet the A350 XWB's schedule requirements.

"The successful first flight marks a significant milestone as the start of the
flight test vehicle program," said Nilkanth. "As Airbus continues forward with
A350 XWB flight testing and subsequently entry into service, Freudenberg-NOK
will be flying high to help lift this modern-day aircraft into a successful
long-haul airplane for our generation and decades to come."

The A350 XWB is an all-new mid-size long range product line seating between
270 and 350 passengers in typical three-class layouts. The aircraft will bring
a step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size
category, using 25 percent less fuel and providing an equivalent reduction in
CO[2] emissions.

About Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies is the Americas joint venture between
Freudenberg and Co. in Germany and NOK Corp. in Japan. Freudenberg-NOK is a
leading producer – through its Automotive, Merkel, Process Seals and Simrit
sales channels – of advanced sealing technologies for a variety of markets
including: aerospace; agriculture; appliance; automotive; construction;
diesel engine; energy; food and beverage; heavy industry; and pharmaceutical.
Founded in 1989 under the legal name Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership,
Freudenberg-NOK is headquartered in Plymouth, Mich. and operates more than 20
facilities across the Americas. For additional information, please visit

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