Online Manufacturing of special parts adds benefits for textile manufacturers such as quick availability
Freudenberg Performance Materials relies on digital procurement with FACTUREE
Berlin, 9 December 2020 – Freudenberg Performance Materials, a leading global developer and manufacturer of innovative tech¬nical textiles, explores new paths with its procurement of components. In this endeavor, the company has chosen FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer (www.facturee.de) as its supplier for various parts, including cut and bent sheet metal parts. The service provider has a manufacturing network with over 1000 production partners in the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal forming, 3D printing and surface technology. Thus, customers benefit from a broad production range, quick availability and on-time deliveries.
Freudenberg Performance Materials is a leading global supplier of technical textiles. The textile solutions are used in a wide range of markets and applications. The company’s technical textiles include non-woven fabrics, woven fabrics, knitted fabrics, foams and laminates for sectors such as automotive, construction, clothing, energy, filter media, healthcare, interior finishing, shoes and leather goods, and special applications.
With more than 35 production sites in 15 countries and its headquarters in Weinheim, Germany, Freudenberg Performance Materials has a truly global presence. The company aims to be a pioneer in the development of technical textiles, modern materials and solutions, and new production methods.
Online Manufacturing as a modern procurement method
The goal of innovative products and processes is also expressed in how production partners are chosen. When implementing technical projects and maintenance work, ever shorter procurement times coupled with high manufacturing precision are crucial for success. cwmk GmbH, which operates as an online manufacturer under the FACTUREE brand name, meets these requirements with a very high level of digitalization, automation and networking as well as an ISO 9001 certified quality management system. In the broad production network, more than 8000 machines are always at the ready for projects.
“Freudenberg Performance Materials has now completed around fifteen projects with us for the external production of components. We implemented an especially large project in September of this year that included the production of several steel and aluminum milled parts as well as cut and bent sheet metal parts made of V2A stainless steel,” reports Benjamin Schwab, Head of Marke¬ting & Sales at cwmk GmbH.
Overall, most of the parts that FACTUREE produces for Freudenberg are 3-axis milled parts – some are bent parts, less frequently turned parts. The materials used are mostly steel, stainless steel and aluminum – various plastics such as PVC, PEEK and Teflon have also been used so far.
Markus Helf, Technical Manager at the Freudenberg Perfor¬mance Materials SE & Co. KG plant in Kaiserslautern, points out the advantage of the cooperation: “We highly regard FACTUREE as a reliable supplier of production parts with good delivery times and an easy-to-use procurement interface. Especially in times of coronavirus, this procurement approach offers the necessary safety. We consider this to be a good example of the advantages of digitalization, which has seen another boost during the pandemic.”
Profile of FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer:
cwmk GmbH, based in Berlin, operates under the brand name FACTUREE as the first Online Manufacturer. The company pursues the goal of enabling its customers to procure modern production parts through digitization, automation and networking. FACTUREE has an extensive production network of over 1000 manufacturing partners from the fields of CNC machining, sheet metal production, 3D printing and surface technology. More than 8000 machines are constantly available for projects. All partners are subject to a continuous data-driven quality management system certified according to ISO 9001. FACTUREE can realize prototyping projects as well as small and large series production. The customer base is located in the most diverse fields such as mechanical engineering, medical technology, model making, robotics, automotive as well as aerospace. Leading industrial companies like Siemens and Parker Hannifin, SMEs, research institutes and universities are among the customers. FACTUREE is active throughout Europe and has a continuously growing number of customers in other European countries.
Further information: www.facturee.de