Innovation lies at the heart of the global Freudenberg brand and has been the leitmotif of our success for 170 years. At Freudenberg, innovation has many facets. It arises from teamwork – from the diversity of our people and their ideas – as well as from the development of long-term partnerships with universities and research institutions right around the globe.

In 2017, Freudenberg initiated research and development activities of € 427.8 million. This corresponds to an R&D ratio of 4.6 percent – above the worldwide average. The effort is worth it and vital for the sustainable development of the environment and society. We lay the foundations today to be able to offer the right technologies tomorrow. In 2017, the share of innovative solutions that were less than 4 years old rose to 33.0 percent.

Innovation is our mission and our guiding principle. At Freudenberg, many clever and smart people work on leading-edge solutions that best serve our customers and society: Innovating Together.

Freudenberg Innovation Award

The Freudenberg Innovation Award is the Group's highest internal award for innovation and recognizes particularly successful innovations. Through it, we pay tribute to the outstanding achievements of our employees. At the same time, we foster new initiatives in the area of innovation.​

Levitex - Frictionless Sealing (awardee​ 2016)

Watch the video below and learn more about Levitex by Freudenberg Sealing Technologies:​ The first virtually frictionless crankshaft seal.