FreciousPlus – New cabin filter for increased protection against allergens, bacteria and mould

MANN-FILTER presents a new cabin filter with biofunctional coating at the Automechanika. FreciousPlus absorbs allergens and prevents bacteria and mould fungi from entering the passenger compartment.

The new FreciousPlus cabin air filter

Ludwigsburg 21th August 2014: More and more people suffer from allergies, that is, a hypersensitive reaction of the immune system. Many of these allergic symptoms are extremely unpleasant. The World Health Organization classifies allergies as the fourth most important chronic disease in the world.

Even in vehicles, susceptible occupants are increasingly experiencing allergic reactions caused by pollen, bacteria and mould fungi. To help affected passengers to breathe more freely, MANN-FILTER will present an innovative solution at Automechanika – the new FreciousPlus cabin filter. It absorbs allergens and prevents bacteria and mould fungi from entering the passenger compartment through the ventilation system. Visitors to this year's Automechanika in Frankfurt can find out more about the new FreciousPlus cabin filter by visiting the MANN-FILTER exhibition stands in Hall 3 and Hall 8.

New filter formula for protection against allergens, bacteria and mould fungi

Cabin filters in the current MANN-FILTER product range contain a particle filter layer and often an additional premium activated carbon layer. The new FreciousPlus cabin filter also features both of these layers. Its particle filter layer removes virtually 100 per cent of coarse particles such as dust, pollen and tyre dust as well as tiny, respirable particles such as particulate matter. The next layer contains activated carbon, which is obtained from coconut shells. This adsorbs almost all harmful gases, unpleasant odours as well as ozone from the air flowing through the cabin.

The new feature of the FreciousPlus cabin filter is an additional third layer. This innovative biofunctional special layer is antiallergenic and antimicrobial. Both driver and passengers are thus protected against allergens, bacteria and mould fungi. The new cabin filter absorbs up to 100 per cent of allergens. Growth of mould fungi is reduced by more than 95 per cent.

The antiallergenic properties of the new filter layer are provided by an innovative polyphenol coating. Polyphenols are natural products with anti-inflammatory properties and are considered to have health benefits. They are found in many plants such as green tea and pomegranates and have the ability to absorb allergens and render them harmless. MANN-FILTER has used this effect with the polyphenol coating in its new FreciousPlus cabin filters.

The new FreciousPlus also looks different from other cabin filters. The yellow colour of its polyphenol coating gives it a distinctive look. Like other cabin filters, it has a service interval of 15,000 kilometres or once a year.

6,500 filter types to deal with many challenges worldwide

The MANN-FILTER product range covers over 97 per cent of the European vehicle fleet. The company offers over 6,500 filter types for more than 90,000 applications worldwide. The MANN+HUMMEL Group employs 1,000 researchers and developers who work to ensure top product quality, and with some 220 patent applications, the company was among the 50 most active patent applicants in Germany in 2013 – for the third time in succession. MANN+HUMMEL holds over 3,000 patent applications, patents and utility models.

Info box:

MANN+HUMMEL at the Automechanika in Frankfurt 2014:
Hall 3, Stand A51
Hall 8, Stand E08


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Press image:   New FreciousPlus biofunctional cabin filter from
               Graphic: Three filter layers for effective health protection
               Mechanic installing a FreciousPlus cabin filter from MANN-FILTER

Press contact: Henriette Wemme
               Tel.: +49 (0) 7141 98-2063
               E-mail: henriette.wemme@mann-hummel.com

               Kersten Solacroup
               Tel.: +49 (0) 7141 98-2260
               E-mail: kersten.solacroup@mann-hummel.com

The MANN+HUMMEL Group is a leading global expert for filtration solutions and development partner and original equipment supplier to the international automotive and mechanical engineering industries. Employing 15,231 people at around 60 locations worldwide, the company achieved turnover of about 2.68 billion euros in 2013. The group’s product portfolio includes air filter systems, intake manifold systems, liquid filter systems, cabin filters and plastic sound components (known as 'symposers'), as well as filter elements for vehicle servicing and repair. For general engineering, process engineering and industrial manufacturing sectors the company’s product range includes industrial filters, a series of products to reduce carbon emission levels in diesel engines, membrane filters for water filtration and filter systems.