In the future, will we be living on Mars and commuting to work in flying cars? People have always wondered what the future holds. They want to predict it. In the old days, you asked the gods, consulted the stars, read tea leaves or looked into a crystal ball. Today, experts and scientists turn to advanced technologies and methods as they grapple with the future.
That applies to the roughly 250 employees at Freudenberg Technology Innovation (FTI). “It should come as no surprise that the proverbial crystal ball has nothing to do with our work,” said Ansgar Komp, Director, Fundamental Sciences. “If I had to relate it to a different commonly-known object, it would be a telescope.” FTI focuses on facts that, once they are identified and evaluated, lead to greater foresight for the entire Freudenberg Group. That term is important: At FTI, the Foresight Department analyzes important trends and developments and looks for opportunities for innovation that can benefit the entire Group.
As it builds on this approach, FTI mainly focuses on one idea: “We want to shape the future.” FTI researchers regularly delve into technical subjects for their own projects, customer orders or cooperative programs. Their work often raises a central question: Which material or product development program deserves millions of euros in investment from Freudenberg?