First Freudenberg Shirt Technology Center in China opens

From design to manufacture – unique service and support for classic men’s shirt manufacturers in Asia.

Nantong, July 25, 2017. Freudenberg Performance Materials opened its first Shirt Technology Center in China at the Nantong facility in June. The world’s leading specialist in woven, knitted and nonwoven interlinings is thus expanding its service and support for shirt manufacturers in the country. The support offered by the center covers the fit, processing and uses of interlinings and collars. Together with their customers, the Freudenberg specialists develop perfect collars and interlinings meticulously designed down to the last detail. The center provides shirt manufacturers with complete sample collars, thus enabling them to speed up start of production.

The Shirt Technology Center has a philosophy that is both simple and challenging: to deliver the very best quality. A perfect collar can only be created if design, pattern construction and interlinings are perfectly matched. The Freudenberg specialists advise manufacturers on all aspects of collar making – from the latest market trends through design, pattern construction and interlining combinations right down to processing – always focusing on the interaction between design, outer fabric and interlining. This approach features a unique service: Freudenberg also offers customers seasonal trend collections of fashionable collar styles coupled with the best interlining combinations. As a result, customers can choose from a broad range of sewn collars.

Additionally, Freudenberg provides customized technological analysis of collars and neckbands with a view to optimizing fit and look. This forms the basis for the joint development of CAD-engineered pattern construction for the outer fabric and interlinings. State-of-the-art equipment including cutting, fusing and sewing machines as well as special equipment such as collar turning machines and various pressing machines are used to manufacture the perfect sample collar. The collar interlinings not only perfectly match the design and the outer fabric; they are also precisely engineered to minimize errors when attaching and to make sewing much easier. “Our Freudenberg Shirt Technology Center offers our customers quantifiable added value: a good collar is often a critical factor in the consumer’s purchase decision,” explains Jonathan Oh, Head of Regional Business Unit Apparel Asia at Freudenberg Performance Materials.

The support and development services for collars offered by the center also include individual training on interlinings and their processing, thus increasing customer benefits still further.

The Shirt Technology Center in Nantong collaborates closely with Freudenberg’s Global Shirt Competence Center in Zug, Switzerland, where activities include tracking the latest fashion trends, using the most advanced fabrics, and designing up-to-the-minute collar collections for customers to use. In total, over 5,000 collar styles are available.

Contact for customers

Freudenberg & Vilene International Ltd.
8/Fl., 828 Cheung Sha Wan Rd / Kowloon / Hong Kong
Rocco Sanapo, Head of Market Segment Management SHIRT

About Freudenberg Performance Materials
Freudenberg Performance Materials is a leading global manufacturer of innovative technical textiles offering differentiated value propositions to a broad range of markets and applications such as Apparel, Automotive, Building Materials, Hygiene, Medical, Shoe and Leathergoods as well as Specialties. In 2016, the company generates sales of more than €950 million and has 25 manufacturing sites in 14 countries and almost 3.800 employees. Freudenberg Performance Materials attaches great importance to social and ecological responsibility. For more information, please visit
In 2016, the Freudenberg Group employed more than 48,000 people in almost 60 countries worldwide and generated sales of approximately €8.6 billion (including pro-rata consolidation of 50:50 joint ventures). For more information, please visit

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The new Freudenberg Shirt Technology Center supports customers to create perfect collars
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During the opening, Freudenberg specialists gave a tour around the new Shirt Technology Center
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