Seven years later, the leather seals are successively replaced by elastomeric materials. The elastomer competence of Freudenberg is continuously expanded, leading to today’s large range of high-performance elastomer seals for diverse and highly challenging technical applications. “Today, seal manufacturing constitutes an entire branch of the company – Freudenberg Sealing Technologies,” explains Michael Horchler, archivist and company historian.
Today, seal manufacturing constitutes an entire branch of the company – Freudenberg Sealing Technologies
Dr. Michael Horchler
The beginnings of the business areas technical textiles and filtration as well as cleaning technologies and products can also be traced to initial steps to diversify the leather production. This begins in the mid-1930s, when Freudenberg develops a synthetic leather from latex. A nonwoven carrier material is used to produce this leather replacement. At the end of the 1940s, the nonwovens were then further developed into new products. This leads to interlinings for the clothing industry and cleaning cloths of the brand Vileda, which are also made from nonwovens. Next, the nonwoven range is expanded to include technical applications, such as filters. Thus runs the course of the original business area of leather. The new areas eventually fully split off from the traditional core business and are now key pillars in the portfolio of the Freudenberg Group.