Kathleen Skultety did not start out wanting to be a leader. However, for the last 18 months, she has been head of the FST mixing plant team in Berlin. She loves her job: "It was a real challenge at first, but we are a small, close team with strong sense of camaraderie. I am thrilled to have the challenge and support." Before joining Freudenberg in 2012, she graduated with a degree in food technology. After jobs in quality management and HSE, she was made deputy manager of the mixing plant.
The secret lies in the recipe
Skultety and her team in Berlin-Adlershof make sure the rubber mixture is just right for Freudenberg’s innovative bellow seals and axle boots. Approximately two million parts are produced here every week for the global automotive industry. What do they do in the mixing plant? "Whatever the developers' rubber recipe, the result is always black", said the 40-year-old, laughing. Every rubber mixture used here or in other plants uses a set recipe. The required rubber mixture properties need to be accurately maintained in each individual mixing process. "The rubber mixtures are basically carbon black, oil and natural rubber. We produce the rubber with the specific properties required for application and customer needs." The secret lies in the recipe. The carbon black affects abrasion, strength and compression deformation of the final product.