Freudenberg - Innovating Together

Freudenberg - Innovating Together

International and diverse teams

Close collaboration, between colleagues from different areas, with our customers, our partners and with the world of science has always been central to our culture. For us, striving jointly for solutions that support global sustainability is both our motivation and our concept for success. We live the principle of "Innovating Together" across Business Groups and world regions. This enables us to provide our customers with solutions and answers to tomorrow's questions, today.

Below are two of many representative examples for the diverse workforce at Freudenberg and their collaboration across national frontiers:



The best ideas are born in a team best ideas are born in a team<p> <img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="the best ideas are born in a team.jpg" src="/en/Career/PublishingImages/the%20best%20ideas%20are%20born%20in%20a%20team.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:30%;" />​One of Freudenberg's largest industrial customers faced a major problem. The customer had purchased a new large air compressor for its refinery but the power supply available was inadequate for commissioning the compressor. Irajá Ribeiro (photo above: in the middle) came to the rescue with a brilliant idea. If all the mineral oils in the machine are replaced by a special lubricant from Freudenberg company Klüber Lubrication, friction is minimized and enough electricity is saved to allow the connection of the compressor. Together with Enrique Garcia from Argentina and his German colleagues Alexander Dörner (photo above: on the right) and Dr. Michael Kolk, he started to develop a new measurement and evaluation method.</p><p>The energy savings achieved far exceeded expectations. To date, this idea has given rise to more than 70 different, sometimes highly complex, customer projects throughout the world. The solution also won recognition within the Group. Ribeiro's team received the Freudenberg Innovation Award – the Group's highest honor for innovation.</p><p>Ambition and good ideas are rewarded. The Freudenberg Group honors its employees' dedication with a number of different awards and initiatives:</p><ul><li> <strong>Innovation Award</strong>: The highest internal prize, which honors teams with especially successful innovations</li><li> <strong>IdeaTrophy</strong>: An internal and external award for new business ideas</li><li> <strong>"We all take care" Award</strong>: A Group-wide initiative that allows each individual employee to contribute his or her ideas and suggestions for the improvement of occupational health and safety, environmental protection, and plant safety, helping the Group shoulder its corporate social responsibility</li><li>A wide variety of<strong> improvement initiatives </strong>in the various Business Areas.</li></ul>
Diversity powers true innovationöglicht-wahre-Innovationen.aspxDiversity powers true innovation<img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="diversity powers true innovation.jpg" src="/en/Career/PublishingImages/diversity%20powers%20true%20innovation.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:30%;" />​When local Indian market knowledge meets German engineering skills and special production expertise from Italy, the result is a product that brings genuine added benefits to more than 250 million Indian households. In India, people use natural grass brooms for sweeping floors. They have one major disadvantage: especially when they are new, these brooms tend to lose small particles such as grass seeds, creating more dust and dirt.<br><br>Developers from Freudenberg recreated the grass broom using synthetic components – also optimizing its performance. They followed nature's blueprints and outperformed them. The new broom does not lose any particles and therefore does not create any dust of its own. This is why it was officially given the name of "No Dust Broom". In addition, it lasts three times longer than an ordinary grass broom and sweeps the floor more thoroughly.<br><br>Teams from India, Germany and Italy cooperated closely in the development phase and their efforts were successful. Production capacity at Adas, India, where the broom is produced, has now been more than doubled. In the first 10 months, 1.7 million brooms were already sold.<br><br>At Freudenberg, we are convinced that diversity is a key factor in long-term success. The Group therefore fosters cooperation within heterogeneous teams: <ul><li> <strong>Internationality</strong>: Our global talent management program and our worldwide presence open up a variety of international career prospects</li><li> <strong>Women in management positions</strong>: Women already hold key management positions within the Freudenberg Group and we intend to continue this approach consistently in the future</li><li> <strong>Age diversity</strong>: As a know-how-driven industrial group, Freudenberg needs to ensure long-term ties with specialists so that their knowledge can be transferred to the next generation.</li></ul>

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