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February 10, 2016 9:40 PM ET


Company Overview of Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Inc.

Company Overview

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Inc. manufactures sealing products and technologies for aerospace, agriculture, appliance, automotive, construction, diesel engine, energy, food and beverage, heavy industry, and pharmaceutical industries. It offers bonded piston seals, such as automatic transmissions and differential drive systems; brakes, including caliper piston and boots, brake booster diaphragms and components, brake caliper and drum components, brake master cylinder components, and ABS system components; and various gaskets, fluid power products, radial shaft seals, and specialty sealing products. The company also provides reed valves, metal bellows, rotary unions, gas seals, EVAP c...

47690 East Anchor Court

Plymouth, MI 48170

United States

Founded in 1989





Key Executives for Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and Member of Board of Management
Senior Vice President of Commercial Processes, Chief Executive Officer of Automotive Sealing Solutions and President of Automotive
President of Simrit Operations
President of Vibracoustic North America Operations
Age: 54
President of Dichtomatik North America Operations
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Inc. Key Developments

Freudenberg-NOK Announces First Major Order for Frictionless Automotive Engine Seals

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies (Freudenberg-NOK) has won its first major order for its new generation of automotive seals. The frictionless Levitex seals, a subject of the company's research for years, will go into an engine for a global platform in 2017. The new seals function with a cushion of air, reducing both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Levitex seals initially will be produced in Europe although the company plans to expand product into North America in the future as customer demand grows. With Levitex, Freudenberg-NOK has developed a new generation of mechanical seal that produces almost no friction at all. The resulting CO2 reductions as high as 1 gram per kilometer driven are significant.

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Introduces Fireproof Materials

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies announced that it has introduced new materials that help aircraft manufacturers save weight and production costs while exceeding fire resistance and fireproof requirements for engine nacelles. Seals in engine nacelles must withstand fire of more than 1,832 degrees F (1,000 degrees C) for 15 minutes. Until now, special, fabric-reinforced materials have been used in these applications. Freudenberg-NOK's new materials offer additional options. Freudenberg-NOK is developing a material that will meet fireproof requirements in traditional fabric-reinforced constructions but offers up to a 20% weight savings over other existing elastomers. In addition Freudenberg-NOK has also developed a lower cost alternative material and construction for fire seals. Engine fires, while rare in the modern aviation industry, are nonetheless dangerous occurrences. When an engine fire does occur, the fire must be contained within the nacelle to prevent fire and smoke from reaching the cabin of the aircraft and protect fuel carried in the wings. Under federal safety guidelines, seals in engine nacelles must be able to withstand flame for 15 minutes and during this time, temperatures can climb as high as 2,000 degrees F (nearly 1,100 degrees C). To conserve fuel, modern engines have been employing increasingly high combustion chamber temperatures which expose seals to higher thermal stresses. For example, the inner side of the engine casing is exposed to temperatures of up to nearly 600 degrees F (300 degrees C) while the air flowing on the outside can be as low as -85 degrees F (-65 degrees C). Engineers at the sealing specialist are testing a new silicone material that weighs 15 to 20% less than traditional Fire Resistant/Proof aviation elastomers. In parallel with these advances, Freudenberg-NOK continues to provide its industry-proven fabric-reinforced silicone seals for aircraft customers and have come to rely upon these in existing aircraft. An average nacelle and thrust reverser ship set can contain over 100 custom parts that Freudenberg-NOK fully designs and validates for the application.

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies Plans to Expand Morristown, Ind. Facility

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies announced that it plans to expand its Morristown, Ind., manufacturing facility and hire dozens of new employees. The company will pursue a 20,000-square foot expansion of the existing 65,000-square-foot facility. The company will hire an estimated 75 new production, supervisory and administrative employees over the next five years. The Morristown plant produces product for both general industry and automotive customers. The facility's core products include off-set seals, transmission seals, fuel system seals, driveline seals and diaphragms. The plant produces more than 100 million components annually. The company expects to invest $20 million in the five-year project, which also will include new building construction, interior modifications, driveway modifications and additional employee parking. The project investment also includes a significant investment in capital equipment. The Morristown facility provides highly-engineered, custom sealing components to general industry and automotive customers in the Americas and around the world. The Morristown expansion will provide the needed space for the facility to execute planned growth and the launch of new business that will increase production by approximately 40% over the next five years.

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