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  • Mann+Hummel Announces New Innovation Center on Centennial

    Mann+Hummel, a multinational German manufacturing company of auto aftermarket and industrial filtration products, announced the opening of its first innovation center in North America on NC State's Centennial Campus. 

     The center, which will house 15 engineering and design experts, will partner with the College of Textile's Nonwovens Institute, to create and build advanced filtration technology. The North Carolina Innovation Center will combine engineering, research, strategy and innovation to provide tailored solutions for its customer's future products. 

    "This is a great partnership with NC State," says Chancellor Randy Woodson. "Mann+Hummel represents NC State's strong commitment to partner with companies to help foster innovation and provide real-world solutions to problems."

    "Innovation is who we are," notes Manfred Wolf, Mann+Hummel's President and General Manager of Automotive and Industrial Business. "Innovation is what our customers expect, and we are happy to help them solve their challenges today, and in the future." 

     Mann+Hummel began its presence in the United States in 1994 with the establishment of a technology center in Illinois. Since that time it  has expanded its North American footprint, including purchasing the Purolator manufacturing plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The company will also open a sales and marketing office in Cary later this year. 

    With its acquisition of Purolator and establishment of Mann+Hummel Purolator Filters on April 1st, 2013, the company strengthened its position and market coverage in the United States. Purolator serves markets in the America’s and Asia regions with more than 2,000 filtration part numbers since 1923. Combined with MANN FILTER, it will provide customers around the globe with a more robust product offering and service. The company will continue its expansion in North Carolina, with plans to invest over 15 million dollars in their Fayetteville and Raleigh sites over the next two years.

    The opening of this innovation center marks another milestone in Centennial Campus's ongoing commitment towards being the research and development center for industry and government. Earlier in the year, the Eastman Chemical Company also opened an innovation center on campus, and the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS) is scheduled to open early next year.

    "These companies provide a great benefit to the university," says Terri Lomax, vice chancellor of research, innovation and economic development. "Not only do they fund cutting-edge research, but they provide a wealth of real-world experience they can share with our students and faculty."

    Centennial now has 65 corporate, governmental and non-profit partners. 

    November 1, 2013 

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