WEINHEIM, Germany (June 9)—Freudenberg-NOK G.P. generated 5-percent greater sales last year despite the slight decline in North American vehicle production, according to parent Freudenberg Group's 2002 annual report. Revenue rose to $811 million as strong sales performances by the sealing, O-ring and Corteco aftermarket businesses offset lackluster years by the Simrit and Vibracoustic units, Freudenberg said. Globally, Freudenberg Group recorded 2-percent earnings growth, to $128 million, while sales fell slightly on currency exchange losses to $3.7 billion. To foster continued earnings growth, Freudenberg will increase funding for research and development and explore innovative fields of business, according to Peter Bettermann, speaker of the management board.