Innovation and sustainability, successful global expansion and a deeply rooted sense for responsibility and social awareness are key characteristics of the Freudenberg technology group. The global player looks back on more than 168 years of innovation. As a family-based enterprise, the general focus on materi- al technology competence can be traced throughout its company history. Today, the Freudenberg Group is active in more than 30 markets and 60 countries, with a headcount of around 50,000 worldwide. It all started with a tannery in Weinheim, Germany, in 1849. The company almost immediately turned international by starting its trading partnership with the US during foundation year, still operating under the name of ‘Heintze & Freudenberg’.