Freudenberg expands its filter production network in China

Chengdu. May 7, 2012: Freudenberg is expanding its global filter production network with the erection of a new production site in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. With an initial investment of CNY 33 million, a total investment of CNY 36 million, Freudenberg will serve the growing demand for automotive and industrial filters in Western China. Diao Yi, Vice Head of Xindu District, Hans Mondorf, Consul-General of Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chengdu, Rolf Koehler, General Manager of Freudenberg Management (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., and Matsumura Satoshi, General Manager of Air-filters department of Japan Vilene Company Ltd., and 7 other leaders together laid the cornerstone of the new production site.

With a total space of 12,000 square meters, the new manufacturing site is situated at Xindu Industrial Park, Chengdu, in the Province of Sichuan. The production of both engine air intake filters and cabin air filters is expected to start beginning of 2013. In January 2012, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies and Japan Vilene Company Ltd., founded this new joint venture to produce micronAir® and Viledon® filters for the Chinese automotive and industrial markets. Freudenberg Vilene Filter (Chengdu) Co., Ltd. is the third production plant in China for the filtration specialist alongside the facilities in Suzhou and Changchun.

"By establishing the new production site in Xindu, we will scale up Freudenberg’s domestic production capacity substantially in line with the demand from the increasing automotive production, and serve the Chinese market, especially the Central Western part of China with our state-of-the-art products and technologies.” said Jianmin Li, General Manager of Freudenberg Vilene Filter (Chengdu) Co., Ltd.

Major automobile manufacturers such as First Automotive Works Volkswagen and Geely Volvo have settled their manufacturing plants in the Chengdu area. The automobile production in this region is expected to increase significantly in the following years, from 1.8 million units in 2011 to 3 million units in 2015. As other industries are also expanding their production plants to the Central Western part of China, the new site in Chengdu offers additional business opportunities.