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Freudenberg, TRC Form JV

July 2, 2007

Entity to make fibers in Argentina.

Tel Rad Cuyo S.A (TRC) and Freudenberg Telas Sin Tejer SA, a subsidiary of Freudenberg Nonwovens, Weinheim, Germany, both of them located in Argentina have announced the launch of the new joint venture company called Bicomfiber S.A.  The new company will produce different types of bi-component fibres for multiple purposes and applications.
   
TRC, the main shareholder of the new company, is one of the most important producers of polypropylene fibre for the hygiene market in Latin America. "We are proud of the new venture which enlarge our involvement within the market in Latin America", said Guillermo Kraves, President of TRC.
   
Freudenberg Nonwovens Latin America is the nonwovens regional market leader in non commodity businesses. "We will continue to deliver different types of added value products to our customer. The raw material sourcing is a key part of our growth strategy", said Juan Carlos Borchardt, President of Freudenberg Nonwovens Latin America. "With this new joint-venture we will be able to offer a complete package of different materials for the markets where we are presently active, being better prepared for the new challenges to come".
   
Bicomfiber will be headquartered near Buenos Aires, Argentina, with an annual capacity which will exceed 10,000 tons.
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