BERLIN(Oct. 20, 2011)—Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has opened a $27.5 million automotive sealing products plant in Berlin.
The Freudenberg A.G. division's site includes a mixing facility capable of producing 1,000 metric tons of compound annually for the factory, which will manufacture products ranging from thermoplastic elastomer axle boots for cars and machinery, to sealing bellows for use in chassis and steering mechanisms. The company's 200 staff members are moving to the site from the firm's old operation in Berlin, the firm said.
Freudenberg Sealing's new site covers about 130,000 square feet, of which 90 percent is reserved for production. The company said the facility can be expanded if necessary, another reason for the move from Berlin Friedrichshain to Berlin Aldershof.
“The opening of the factory is evidence of our commitment to the Berlin site,” said Mohsen Sohi, a member of the Freudenberg board of management, and onetime head of the firm's U.S.-based joint venture, Freudenberg-NOK G.P. “With the help of our highly qualified workforce, we will strengthen our position as market leaders.”
A Freudenberg Sealing Technologies spokesman said the science and technology park in Adlershof, where the new plant is located, is a high-quality business setting offering good transport links, a relatively short trip the firm's employees and provides an innovative environment.
Another benefit is of the new facility is its location in regards to customers, said Wolfgang Schachermayr, head of the global lead center and responsible for the factory.
“The close proximity to our customers and the knowledge of their specific requirements are important criteria for the success of our business,” he said.