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Half a century: The Novedrate site turns 50

The Freudenberg Performance Materials (FPM) site in Novedrate, Italy, celebrates its 50th anniversary on March 7, 2022. The location is the headquarters of the Global Business Division Building & Construction.

From Politex to Freudenberg

When it was founded in 1972 under the name Politex, the Novedrate site was a small family business that started by manufacturing voluminous nonwovens for the upholstered furniture market.
It grew quickly due to rapid industrial and technological development. Making a name for itself in the nonwovens sector, it began offering technical nonwovens, mainly used in the roofing sector, at the end of seventies.

Politex soon became the pioneer of PET recycling in Europe, and was the first manufacturer to launch polyester nonwovens made from recycled polyester. With its innovative and customized solutions, the company evolved into a world leader in part thanks to the cooperation with Freudenberg that participated from 1997 as a joint venture partner. In 2004, Freudenberg took over all followed by the integration into Freudenberg Group

Leading supplier

Today, the Novedrate site is a leading supplier of technical textiles for the building & construction industry with a comprehensive range of high-performance nonwovens. Together with customers, new market segments are continually being accessed and solutions with added value developed. FPM also makes a decisive contribution to sustainability: for example, 3 million PET bottles are recycled per day in Novedrate. If all the bottles were laid end to end, they would orbit the earth 8 times.

Looking to the future

"Our 50th anniversary is a major milestone," comments Federico Pallini, Senior Vice President of the Global Business Division Building & Construction. "We are witnessing history in the making. I'm sure we will celebrate many more successes, but of course we will also face more challenges to overcome." He adds: "I look forward to celebrating our anniversary today with all our colleagues and thank them for their commitment and cooperation. They are our company’s most valuable asset and it is also thanks to their commitment that we can say today: Happy 50th birthday, Novedrate!"


Global Business Division Building & Construction of Freudenberg Performance Materials announces a further price increase for its roofing carriers.

Novedrate (Italy), March 2nd, 2022. The crisis of the supply chain, as result of the Covid-19 pandemic, is still persisting and facing challenges for the global economy.

This extremely tense situation continues to affect the building and construction market in a crucial way with significant increases in logistic, energy and raw materials costs.

The situation unfortunately forces the Global Business Division Building & Construction of Freudenberg Performance Materials to further revise its prices for the Texbond, Terbond, Colback and Colfors products. Given the magnitude of the impacts, the price increase will be carried out in two steps. Starting from April 1st 2022 a 9% will be applied and a further 6% increase will follow from May 1st, 2022. This further revision is a forced choice due to the need to take seriously the commitments made to customers. The continuity of the supply chain is very important to guarantee the services and it is Freudenberg´s responsibility to secure raw materials and energy supplies at any price to confirm its long-term commitment.


The Global Division Building Materials of Freudenberg Performance Materials announces price increase for its roofing carriers.

Novedrate (Italy), March 21st, 2017. Starting from the last months of 2016, the roofing market is experiencing important utilities tariff and raw material price increases, which are impacting, more and more, on our costs. “Despite all the efforts to mitigate the effects of these increases, through productivity improvements and efficiencies at all manufacturing facilities” comments Federico Pallini, General Manager Global Division Building Materials of Freudenberg Performance Materials “and though understanding the difficulties of our customers, we are now obliged to apply a sales price increase in the range from 6% to 9% for the different types of products.”

Invisible but essential

Freudenberg Performance Materials will be showing polyester roofing carriers with fiberglass reinforcements at IRE in Las Vegas, USA, from March 1-3, 2017. Read more Novedrate, Italy, March 1, 2017. The worldwide leader in the roofing market will be presenting its extensive range of high-performance nonwovens used as carrier materials for bituminous waterproofing membranes at the International Roofing Expo. A highlight will be the polyester carriers reinforced with glass filaments. Once inside the bituminous membrane, Freudenberg Performance Materials polyester carriers are invisible, but essential to offer outstanding performances.

“The combination of the flexibility of polyester together with the stability of glass gives our nonwoven carrier excellent runnability. This is especially the case when it is used at high temperatures and on high-speed bitumen lines,” says Federico Pallini, General Manager Global Division Building Materials of Freudenberg Performance Materials. In addition, our carrier reinforced with fiberglass filaments gives the bituminous membrane outstanding dimensional stability and resistance over time. Using the fiberglass reinforcement also eliminates the phenomenon of thermal memory: once applied to roofs, the membrane is shrink-free even when temperatures fluctuate.

Invisible, but essential.

Freudenberg´s value-added and highly functional solutions are suitable for even the most demanding roofing membrane applications. The company´s cutting-edge technology enables it to manufacture both staple and spunbond nonwovens, in either standard versions or reinforced with fiberglass filaments to meet any market needs. The polyester carriers are invisible inside the bituminous membrane, but essential for its performances.

Long-established presence in the American market.

Freudenberg is committed to the American market by running a production site in Macon, Georgia, since 1983. To date, the site has been manufacturing and providing more than 10 billion square yards of polyester roofing carrier that protect buildings from water, worldwide.


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