Freudenberg opens second Russian geotextile line

Italian roofing insulation specialist Freudenberg Politex has invested $1.6m to install a new geotextile nonwovens line at its plant in Zavolzhie, in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region.

The plant’s second line, producing material for the firm’s ‘Drenotex’ geotextile products to a capacity of more than 3,000 tpa, began operating in July 2010. At the same time, the Novedrate, Italy-based firm has increased its local workforce by 10.

The line, which uses raw material from post-consumer PET waste, recycled by Freudenberg Politex, turns out material 6 metres wide in a range of 100g/m2 to 800g/m2. This fabric is destined to be used as geotextile for various construction and hydraulic engineering applications such as road reinforcement, ground drainage and for an anti-contamination layer in waste landfill sites, the company stated.

This investment is part of an expansion programme being pursued by the firm after its success in the all-important Russian market.

Demand in Russia for innovative materials and technologies, has led Freudenberg Politex to introduce a range of new products there including geogrids and composite materials for drainage and construction works, roads and railways.

The Italian firm, part of Germany’s Weinheim-based Freudenberg industrial group, has developed its business from supplying nonwoven reinforcement for bituminous roofing membranes, to new applications like thermal and sound insulation in construction, and padding in furniture and clothing.

Freudenberg Politex was a leading player in the Russian nonwovens market prior to the launch of its Nizhny Novgorod facility in 2006.


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