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Freudenberg Nonwovens Honored as One of Visteon Corporation’s Top Suppliers

Freudenberg Nonwovens has been honored with a Visteon Important Partner Award for outstanding overall performance in providing its micronAir(R) cabin air filters to Visteon Corporation, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers.

Freudenberg Nonwovens was recognized as a top supplier to Visteon in the Climate category during an April 16 ceremony at Visteon’s Corporate Offices and Innovation Center in Van Buren Township, Mich. (U.S.)

The Visteon Important Partner Award program, now in its sixth year, honors Visteon suppliers that achieve “best in class” ratings for quality, delivery, technology, launch and cost-control performance. Freudenberg Nonwovens was among 23 companies honored for their 2007 performance, representing less than 1 percent of Visteon’s global production and non-production suppliers.

“Freudenberg Nonwovens has distinguished itself as an outstanding Visteon supplier with its product line of micronAir cabin air filters, and its performance has been instrumental in helping Visteon deliver innovative, high-quality, cost-efficient products to vehicle manufacturers,” said Patrick Bauer, Visteon Senior Director, Material Planning and Logistics – Indirect and Central Purchasing.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Visteon as a top supplier and are dedicated to providing them the highest quality cabin air filter products,” said Barry F. Kellar, Vice President and General Manager, Freudenberg Nonwovens Filtration Division. “With drivers spending more and more time on the road, concerns about the cabin environment inside a vehicle is on the rise. micronAir cabin air filters address these concerns by removing contaminants from the air that enters the passenger cabin.”

Of the 23 companies earning Visteon Important Partner Awards, eight are based in the Asia-Pacific region, six in Europe, five in North America and four in South America.

“Having a world-class supply base is critical to Visteon’s ability to meet the technology, quality and cost needs of vehicle manufacturers around the world, and these 23 suppliers represent ‘the best of the best’,” said Donald J. Stebbins, Visteon President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are proud to recognize these suppliers, who have performed at an extremely high level in supporting our three strategic product groups – climate, electronics and interiors.

Visteon Corporation is a leading global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative climate, interior, electronic and lighting products for vehicle manufacturers, and also provides a range of products and services to aftermarket customers. With corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Mich. (U.S.); Shanghai, China; and Kerpen, Germany; the company has facilities in 26 countries and employs approximately 41,500 people.

A product line of Freudenberg Nonwovens, micronAir cabin air filters reduce dust, pollutants and odors entering a vehicle’s passenger compartment, enhancing the passengers’ driving comfort and health. micronAir cabin air filters are installed on two-thirds of the new vehicles manufactured worldwide equipped with cabin air filtration systems.

Freudenberg Nonwovens is a pioneer in the development and implementation of filtration systems for global automotive, industrial and commercial HVAC applications. The company’s North American Filtration Division headquarters in Hopkinsville, Ky. contains a research and development center and an automated manufacturing plant.

A division of the global Freudenberg Group – based in Weinheim, Germany – Freudenberg Nonwovens is the world’s leading nonwovens manufacturer with 23 production facilities in 13 countries.

For more information, visit the micronAir cabin air filters website at and the Freudenberg Nonwovens website at

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