To expand the company’s innovation capabilities, Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel, a business unit of Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. KG, Weinheim/Germany, has established the Apparel Technical Solution Center – Asia (ATSC) at its Nantong factory in China. With floor space of 900 m2
, the new center offers high quality technical expertise and innovations to apparel customers from nearly all apparel segments.
The ATSC is equipped with cutting-edge technology. This includes a wide variety of fusing and bonding machines, laser and ultrasonic cutters, specialized sewing machines for sportswear applications, fiber filling machines for insulation applications, and washing and dry-cleaning machines that meet international standards. It offers expert technical know-how to help customers design complex apparel solutions. In particular, it furthers Freudenberg’s dedication to joint innovations with sportswear customers and to finding technical solutions for performance applications.
The Nantong factory is an important R&D and technical hub. The factory was moved to the current site to meet increased production demand with state-of-the-art technological capabilities. Covering an area of nearly 50,000 m2 with cotton interlining, bi-elastic fusible interlining, and preformed materials production lines, the new site went into operation in 2021.
Dedicated to continuously improving production quality, the new factory also includes an innovative online defect detection system. This system enables defect information to be captured in real time and sent to operators for immediate adjustments, increasing the rate of A-grade bi-elastic interlinings and shirt interlinings. Furthermore, the online weft density automatic adjustment system helps improve the stability of the drying process and the quality of semi-finished products.