Norton Appointed President of Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies

PLYMOUTH, Mich., April 16, 2012 — Freudenberg Sealing Technologies (FST), the world’s largest producer of elastomeric seals and custom molded products, has appointed Bradley S. Norton president of its Americas joint venture – Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies (FNST).

 Norton most recently served as the Speaker for the Office of the Chief Executive (OCE)   In his new role as president, Norton will oversee the ongoing evolution and growth of FST’s regional management functions in the Americas. Norton joined the company in 2007 and has served as president of the company’s Automotive Sealing and Corteco divisions.

 Yoshindo Masumoto, also a previous member of the OCE, will continue in his role as senior vice president, Technology and Quality, and will report to Norton. Masumoto will also assume increased responsibilities for FNST’s quality, materials development, process technology, tooling, advanced product development and manufacturing organizations.

 About Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies is the Americas joint venture between Freudenberg and Company in Germany and NOK Corporation in Japan. Founded in 1989 under the legal name Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies is a leading producer of advanced sealing and elastomeric technologies for a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, appliance, diesel engine, agriculture, construction, heavy industry, and alternate energy.

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies is headquartered in Plymouth, Mich., and has facilities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Malaysia. With annual revenues approaching $US 1 billion, the company employed more than 4,700 people in 2011. For additional information, please visit

 Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies is part of the Freudenberg & Co. Group of Germany. Freudenberg & Co. is a family of companies specializing in seals and vibration control technology, nonwovens, filtration, lubricants and release agents and other specialty business areas. The Freudenberg Group generated sales of more than $7.8 billion and had 37,000 employees in 2011. For additional information, please visit