Family owned group based in Weinheim, Germany.
Run as a holding company overseeing independent companies.
Makes seals, hoses and antivibration technology.
Total sales of just over DM7 billion (E3.5 billion) in 1999.
Largest single shareholder in Japan's NOK Corp. The relationship with NOK started more than 40 years ago.
Owns 75 percent of the joint venture Freudenberg-NOK in North America that specializes in automotive seals and vibration-control components.