|Price pressure continuing in 2011|
The escalation of raw material prices is still out of control and continues to affect the situation in all markets. Prices and availability of polyester in particular have been further impacted by the shortage of cotton, which forced textile manufacturers to switch to polyester fiber. The prices of post consumer PET bottles have been strongly penalized as well, with a high pressure on the global demand.
Freudenberg Politex has partially absorbed and mitigated the strong prices increase with aggressive cost reduction programs. Since the instable trend of raw materials availability is expected to continue well into 2011, resulting in continued pressure on prices, Freudenberg Politex will be forced to revise its sales prices. The increase will be applied at the beginning of 2011 following the evolution of raw material costs.