Freudenberg strengthens its filtration solutions business

Hopkinsville (USA) / Weinheim (Germany) November 24, 2014. Freudenberg Filtration Technologies has acquired the industrial activated carbon corrosion protection business of North American company MeadWestvaco Corporation, headquartered in Richmond (Virginia/USA) with immediate effect "Air pollution is a global problem presenting considerable challenges now and in the future," explains  Dr. Mohsen Sohi, Speaker of the Board of Management of the Freudenberg Group. "With the acquisition of MeadWestvaco's corrosion protection business we now offer a broader range of advanced filtration solutions to our customers." The acquisition includes the purchase of the Honeycomb® and VersacombTM brands as well as the takeover of construction and sales specialists in North America, Brazil and China. Both companies have agreed not to divulge any financial details of the acquisition.

MeadWestvaco's new activated carbon filters clean ambient or recirculating air  by adsorbing harmful gases that lead to the corrosion of machinery and equipment. Pulp and paper producers, refinery operators and chemical and pharmaceutical industry customers will be among those to benefit from the acquisition. MeadWestvaco is a leader in these high-quality activated carbon technologies. The product portfolio acquired comprises activated carbon pellets, Honeycomb® modules, which include the innovative VersacombTM technology and Pellet/Honeycomb® system solutions.

Dr. Andreas Kreuter, Speaker of the Board of Freudenberg Filtration Technologies, adds: "We are delighted to be able to offer our gas phase filtration customers an even broader portfolio of top-quality solutions, thanks to the perfectly positioned MeadWestvaco products."

In the future, customers will benefit from a complete clean air solution, tailored to each specific application. Freudenberg Filtration Technologies is a driving force in all aspects of filter system design and construction, including matched filter stages for particulate and noxious gas filtration. In addition, the company offers a comprehensive range of technical support services. For example, corrosion analyses show that filter systems are working optimally while capacity analyses reveal when  pellets need to be replaced.

About Freudenberg Filtration Technologies
Freudenberg Filtration Technologies is one of the world's leading manufacturers in high-performance and energy-efficient liquid and air filtration technology solutions. By improving the efficiency of industrial processes, conserving resources, and protecting people and the environment the solutions contribute to enhancing the quality of life. With its Viledon® and micronAir® global brands, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies offers customers innovative filter elements and systems for the energy, health, and transport (automotive, rail, marine, aviation) sectors, general ventilation and cleanroom technology, and for highly-specialized applications. In 2013, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies employed about 2,000 associates and generated sales of around € 350 million.