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India is becoming increasingly attractive for manufacturing companies. Automobile production is especially booming. According to Quest Trend Magazine market research, India’s market share in manufacturing has more than tripled since the turn of the century. Often vehicle assembly takes place at more than one site – large body shell parts for example have to be transported to other factories for further processing. Evolon, the Freudenberg Group’s innovative microfilament textile ensures that the parts can be transported safely. As a packaging material, Evolon protects sensitive surfaces and prevents damage. A further application of the microfilament material is in automotive acoustics. Here Evolon can substitute heavy layer materials, thus contributing to weight reduction and absorbing acoustic noise efficiently.

“Evolon microfilament textiles are characterized by an ultra-soft and smooth surface. Highly-sensitive surfaces are thereby protected and the smallest scratches and textural indentations avoided,” explains Subhamoy Banerjee, Senior Manager Marketing at Freudenberg Nonwovens India Pvt. Ltd., the Indian company of the Freudenberg Performance Materials, a Freudenberg Business Group. Additionally, C

Evolon textile bags are very popular among automobile suppliers for the transport of synthetic molded parts as well as for lacquered or very complex parts.

The trick: split microfilaments
This application is possible due to the innovative manufacturing process developed by Freudenberg. The unique, patented production process uses a high-pressure water jet to split spun-bonded fibers, producing ultra-thin, endless microfilaments which ensure that the fabrics are soft and supple. At the same time, as a result of the water pressure, the fibers interlock with each other achieving a high degree of density.

Such attributes make Evolon particularly suitable for automotive noise reduction. With a minimal thickness of some 0.5 millimeters and a mass of only 100 grams per square meter, Evolon is considerably thinner and lighter than previously used materials. Thanks to the permeability of the enmeshed microfilaments, acoustic noise is very efficiently absorbed. Evolon® acoustic microfilaments are already used in the USA; and they are currently being launched in Europe.

Freudenberg nonwovens with many facets
Freudenberg Performance Materials is one of the world’s leaders in the manufacture of technical textiles, with more than 20 manufacturing facilities in 14 countries. The company produces interlinings for the clothing industry and develops nonwovens for the most diverse markets – from automotive interiors through to construction, medical, hygiene and shoe components. In India Freudenberg Performance Materials is represented by the Freudenberg Nonwovens India Pvt. Ltd. subsidiary with a total of 84 employees. Headquarters and production are in Chennai; sales offices are located at seven sites in India.

About the Freudenberg Group
The Freudenberg Group is a family company offering its customers technically challenging product solutions and services. The Group develops and manufactures seals, vibration control components, filters, nonwovens, products for surface treatment, release agents and specialty lubricants, medical and mechatronic products.

Especially for mid-size companies Freudenberg develops software solutions and IT services. The end-user can find modern Freudenberg household products in the shops under the brand names of vileda®, O-Cedar®, Wettex®, Gala® and SWASH®. The Freudenberg Group employed about 40,000 people in about 60 countries and generated sales of more than €6.6 billion in 2013 (including pro rata consolidation of 50:50 joint ventures). For further information, please go to freudenberg.de

About Freudenberg Performance Materials
Freudenberg Performance Materials is a leading global supplier of innovative materials offering differentiated value propositions to a broad range of marekts and applications such as automotive, apparel, building materials, energy, medical and specialities. The company generates sales of over €900 million and has more than 20 manufacturing sites in 14 countries and more than 3.800 associates. Freudenberg Performance Materials has many years of experience in technical textiles and applications. The company attaches great importance to social and ecological responsibility. For further information please go to freudenberg-pm.com

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