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News   November 2, 2001   by Auto Service World

Freudenberg-NOK Phasing Out Detroit Gasket in Favor of Corteco Identity

Freudenberg-NOK, the North American partner of the Freudenberg and NOK Group Companies, the world’s largest supplier of original-equipment automotive gaskets and seals, today announced the alignment of its aftermarket product lines into a single business unit called Corteco.
At the same time, the company appointed Gregory W. Gyllstrom to the position of CEO of Corteco, and it unveiled two new brands of premium aftermarket products to be marketed under the Corteco banner. According to Freudenberg-NOK Chairman Joseph C. Day, the Corteco line will incorporate a full range of original equipment-quality products for the aftermarket, including:
* CorTec engine cylinder head gaskets, seals and rebuild kits (replacing the Detroit Gasket name);
* MounTec engine mounts, transmission mounts, torque struts and suspension strut mounts;
* TransTec transmission and power steering overhaul kits; and,
* Oil seals, in-vehicle crankshaft seal kits, brake hoses and cabin air filters.
The Corteco brands will bring in original-equipment engineering and quality to a complete range of aftermarket gaskets and seals.
“Now we are able to offer a complete lineup of aftermarket sealing products that reflect the full depth of our original equipment engineering experience, and further reflects our company’s commitment as Your Technology Specialist,” said Day.
The Corteco products will draw heavily on the Freudenberg and NOK Group’s worldwide depth of experience in the original-equipment market. “Our company pioneered the total powertrain sealing concepts that automakers around the world have adopted for dry, warranty-free engines and transmissions,” Gyllstrom said. “Our focus in the aftermarket business is to deliver that same level of OE quality and technology. This will give everyone from independent repair technicians to production rebuilders the confidence in a superior product, along with the convenience of a one-stop-shopping solution for all their gasket and sealing needs.”
Corteco is the aftermarket business of Plymouth, Mich.-based Freudenberg- NOK, part of the Freudenberg and NOK Group Companies which have total annual sales of nearly $7 billion U.S. With worldwide automotive sales of approximately $4 billion U.S., the Freudenberg and NOK Group ranks No. 2 in global balance among top automotive suppliers (according to Automotive News International) and is among the 16 largest OEM automotive suppliers (per Crain’s Detroit Business).

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