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FREUDENBERG-NOK EXPANDS PLASTIC PRODUCTS DIVISION; PROMOTES HANGE TO SENIOR VP & GM

 PLYMOUTH, Mich., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- To meet automakers' growing demands for plastic components in underhood applications, Freudenberg-NOK is expanding its Plastic Products Division's capabilities in the production of lost-core molded intake manifolds and rigid plastic engine components, according to Joseph C. Day, Freudenberg-NOK president and CEO.
 "Through this $20+ million expansion, we're strengthening our ability to provide North American automakers with the latest in systems technology including lost-core clam-shell designed manifolds, rocker covers, front engine covers, grommets, oil seals and gaskets. Freudenberg-NOK's systems approach to plastic componentry reduces weight and noise and consolidates parts," Day said. "We're bringing the latest plastics molding technologies and experience to bear for our customers."
 According to Day, the expansion will position the company to meet rapidly growing demand for rigid plastic engine components -- applications with which its parent company, Freudenberg & Company, has already experienced considerable success. The move enables Freudenberg- NOK to accelerate the transfer of this experience and technology.
 Named to lead the expansion program in the newly created position of Plastic Products Division senior vice president and general manager is Robert C. Hange. Hange, 41, has served as the division's vice president and general manager since 1991.
 In the expansion, Freudenberg-NOK's Plastic Products Division will add three automated lost-core injection molding cells for plastic intake manifolds (each capable of producing 850-1,000 units per day), as well as CAD/CAM technology and engineering staff at its Manchester, N.H., base, and manufacturing facilities in Broadview, Ill., Scottsburg, Ind., and Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada.
 With the recent transfer of its Tillsonburg facility from its Rubber Division to its Plastic Products Division, Freudenberg-NOK is accelerating the development of plastic composite components with integrated gaskets for reduced assembly and superior reliability. The Tillsonburg facility compounds high performance silicones and manufactures various components for automotive, aerospace and industrial applications.
 Through integrated systems in plastics technology and a company-wide lean production program called "GROWTTH" (Get Rid Of Waste Through Team Harmony), Day said the Plastic Products Division hopes to increase its sales from $67 million in 1992 to more than $150 million by the year 2000.
 The Freudenberg-NOK Plastic Products Division manufactures plastic and elastomeric components for the automotive, hydraulic, aerospace and appliance markets. Established in 1989 as a general partnership between Freudenberg & Company of Germany and NOK Corporation of Japan to serve the North American market, Freudenberg-NOK has become a leading supplier of precision seals, molded rubber and plastics, vibration control products and automotive rebuild kits.
 With headquarters in Plymouth, Freudenberg-NOK operates 14 major facilities in North America and employs about 3,500 Americans. Its parent companies -- the world's largest producers of sealing and vibration control products -- spend more than $150 million annually on research and development activities.
 In his expanded position as Plastic Products Division senior vice president and general manager, Hange will oversee the operations of the Plastic Products Division from its headquarters in Manchester. Prior to joining Freudenberg-NOK, Hange held top executive positions with Tramco Manufacturing Corporation, Signet Systems, United Technologies and Borg-Warner Corporation. A member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, he holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Bianchi of Bianchi Public Relations, 313-646-9732, for Freudenberg-NOK/


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