Whether as a harvesting nonwoven or as a wound dressing, Dr. Hartmann was also the driving force behind the internationalization of spunbond production at Freudenberg. With sites in the USA and the Far East, Freudenberg was able to produce spunbonded fabrics locally for these regions from the 1980s onwards, thereby reducing the distances to customers.
Even after the retirement of these two pioneers of nonwovens, Freudenberg and the company’s experts played a key role in driving forward the further development of the material. Today, nonwovens demonstrate their advantages in numerous industrial sectors and a wide range of applications. In house construction, the material is used in roofing membranes. In electric vehicles, it helps prevent faulty drives and enables the important pressure equalization of the sensitive battery housings. Firstly, by dissipating electrical sparking in the drive, and secondly, by preventing the ingress of moisture during emergency degassing. Both innovations were realized by various Freudenberg Business Groups, true to the motto “Innovating Together”.