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FREUDENBERG-NOK ADDS VIBRATION CONTROL DEVELOPMENT LAB IN LIGONIER, IND.

 PLYMOUTH, Mich., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- To help North American automakers eliminate noise and vibration in future vehicles, Freudenberg-NOK is constructing one of the most elaborate vibration control development laboratories of its kind at the company's manufacturing facility in Ligonier, Ind. The announcement was made by Joseph C. Day, Freudenberg-NOK's president and CEO.
 "Our investment in this state-of-the-art development lab underscores our commitment to providing North American automakers with systems solutions to their noise and vibration problems," Day said. "The capabilities of this lab will raise to a new level our offering to customers and will enhance our value as a development partner for automakers and first tier suppliers."
 According to Sydney Madeley, senior vice president and general manager for Freudenberg-NOK's Vibration Control Division, consumers are demanding reduced noise and vibration along with more powerful engines contained in a smaller, cost-effective package -- posing a clear conflict. The new lab, he said, will go a long way toward resolving this conflict and toward assuring that consumer needs are met in a cost- effective manner.
 The new development lab, slated to open in August, consolidates existing test equipment from the company's Plymouth Concept Center with nearly $1 million worth of new high-tech development and analysis equipment. Included in the facility will be a one-of-a-kind, three-axis fatigue stand which will permit simulated vehicle durability testing of engine mounts and suspension components.
 Madeley said the new facility will be a vital link in the division's simultaneous engineering activities, enhancing design for manufacturing capabilities by bringing together under one roof development and production activities.
 From concept through prototyping to production, the laboratory will support testing of incoming materials, mixing of new rubber and elastomeric compounds and molding and painting of components -- ensuring that the industry's most demanding specifications are met, including heat aging, density, rebound, compression set, natural and dynamic frequencies, fluid immersion and viscosity, tensile, salt spray, fatigue and adhesion.
 When fully operational, the compact 8,000-square-foot development lab will add approximately 20 technical positions at the Ligonier vibration control products facility.
 Madeley said the company has created a cross-training program for lab personnel, enabling customer problems to be tackled by a team of systems-oriented technicians who are experienced in all aspects of product design, including compound development, component design and process engineering.
 Freudenberg-NOK is a leader in automotive vibration control devices, offering a full line of products including: crankshaft torsional vibration dampers, elastic couplings, driveline and half shaft dampers, hydraulic and conventional engine mounts, strut and chassis mounts.
 The company is also a leading manufacturer of precision seals, molded rubber and plastic components and automotive rebuild kits. One of the fastest-growing independent suppliers to the North American automotive industry, Freudenberg-NOK was established in 1989 as a general partnership between Freudenberg & Company of Germany and NOK Corporation of Japan to serve the North American market. The company operates 14 major facilities and employs about 3,600 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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 /CONTACT: Sharon Wenzl of Freudenberg-NOK, 313-451-0020; or Jim Bianchi of Bianchi Public Relations, 313-646-9732, for Freudenberg-NOK/


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