PLYMOUTH, Mich.—Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies GmbH & Co. has expanded its facility in Schwalmstadt, Germany.
The firm said over the past year it has invested more than $6.5 million at Schwalmstadt, including $5.2 million for a raw material production facility to manufacture polyurethane. Materials produced at the plant are used throughout Freudenberg-NOK's network of manufacturing plants.
Schwalmstadt consists of about 4,700 square feet of production space. In addition to polyurethanes, it produces hydraulic and pneumatic seals used in fluid power applications. It ships polyurethane materials to Freudenberg-NOK's Troy, Ohio facility for fluid power component production.
Both the Troy and Schwalmstadt plants produce components using compression, transfer and injection molding processes.
Freudenberg-NOK introduced its new polyurethane earlier this year. The firm said the material can be used in temperatures as low as -35°C and as high as 120°C. Seals made from the material stay flexible at low temperatures and sufficiently stable at high temperatures, the company said.
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies is the Americas joint venture between Freudenberg and Co. and NOK-Corp. in Japan. Freudenberg-NOK produces advanced sealing technologies for markets including aerospace, agriculture, appliance, automotive, construction, diesel engine, energy, food and beverage, heavy industry and pharmaceutical.