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Edition 39

NEW FACILITY GÄRTRINGEN: New European Technology and Service Center in Germany

In September 2019, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions signed a contract to purchase 26,000 square meters of land for its new, highly automated European technology and service center in Gärtringen. With this investment Trelleborg is further expanding its facilities in the greater Stuttgart area.

Extended services

Construction is scheduled to start in 2021 and in the short term, the existing service center will be enlarged by around 30 percent, with the possibility of doubling it. With a floor space of 16,000 square meters, the new building will provide space for extended services and an additional area for research and development, and will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

"Customer focus and innovation are among the central values of the Trelleborg Group and form the basis for all our activities at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions," says Dr. Thomas Uhlig, President Global Supply Chain Management and Managing Director of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in Germany.

A higher bar

Alexander Stapf, Director Global Logistics at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in Germany, adds: "With the new European Technology and Service Center, we are setting the bar even higher than before for the development and provision of value added services. This can enormously increase our capacities in assembly and prototype construction. In combination with our Innovation Center in Stuttgart, we are creating a technologically modern and sophisticated environment for joint, forward-looking projects with our customers.”

ACQUISITION: Trelleborg Acquires Tritec Seal, Manufacturer of Rotary Seals

On November 27, 2019, Trelleborg, through its Trelleborg Sealing Solutions business area, closed on the acquisition of Tritec Seal, which produces engineered polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) sealing solutions.

The acquisition strengthens Trelleborg’s product portfolio, primarily in rotary seals, while giving the business area access to increased manufacturing capacity.

Headquartered in Fenton, Michigan in the US, with additional manufacturing in Giddings, Texas, US and Southampton, England, this bolt-on acquisition is part of  Trelleborg’s strategy to strengthen its position in attractive market segments, including oil & gas and agriculture.

NEW ServicePLUS FACILITIES: Flagship New Berlin ServicePLUS Center Opens 

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions celebrated the grand opening of its flagship New Berlin ServicePLUS Center in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin in the US. The official ribbon cutting ceremony took place on November 12, 2019, with local and out-of-town customers, Trelleborg employees, members of the Waukesha County Business Alliance, and several local public officials in attendance. Using the success of this location as a launching pad, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions plans to expand the ServicePLUS Center model globally.

The ServicePLUS Center performs light manufacturing and complex assembly work as well as kitting, quality testing, dock-to-stock deliveries, and vendor-managed inventory. ServicePLUS is a “total solution” program that can simplify the workflow in every part of a company’s value chain, from engineering to manufacturing, procurement to aftermarket.

Left: Local public officials help Linda Muroski and the Trelleborg Sealing Solution team cut the ServicePLUS Center New Berlin ceremonial ribbon.

NEW ServicePLUS FACILITIES: Portland ServicePLUS Center Opens

On February 4, 2020, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions expanded the ServicePLUS offering to the Northwest region of the US by opening the Portland ServicePLUS Center.

Left: From left to right: At the Portland opening: Heather Castleman, Senior Director, Strategy & Marketing; Bryan Jones, Sales Engineer; James Lee, Buyer, A-DEC; Trevor Combs, Technical Manager

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AWARDS: Bosch Honors Top Suppliers: Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Receives Bosch Global Supplier Award

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has received the Bosch Global Supplier Award and thus ranks globally among the best suppliers to the Bosch Group. The company received the award in the category ‘Purchasing of Direct Materials’ for the third time in a row.

Andreas Reutter, Head of Supply Chain Management at Robert Bosch GmbH, says: “Worldwide, the Bosch Group has some 43,000 suppliers. The winners of the Bosch Global Supplier Award are the cream of the crop.”

He continues: “With the Bosch Global Supplier Award, we pay tribute to our best suppliers around the world.

The award winners have achieved outstanding levels of excellence, and work with us in an exceptional spirit of partnership. From technological expertise to logistical quality and entrepreneurial potential – our award-winners have it all.”

This is the 16th time that the Bosch Group has rewarded outstanding performance in the manufacture and supply of products or services related to quality, costs, innovation, and logistics.

HOT OFF THE PRESS: Product Range Updated 

To better reflect the expanded variety of products available from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, the Product Range brochure has been updated. Now included are the latest lubrication management products, such as Turcon® Stepseal® LM, and Silicone Braided Hoses for healthcare & medical applications.

In addition to products, a new segment-specific section has been added and comprehensive information about our digital tools and apps to help customers find the tools and products they need to make their work easier.

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ON THE MOVE: Office with a View

On August 26, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Marketing Americas Midwest moved into a new office in Schaumburg, IL, USA. The Midwest marketing company and IT department occupy one half of the L-shaped space while the market segment managers and Strategy & Marketing team share the other side. Incorporating design components from the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, the new space encourages greater collaboration and enables future expansion.

STANDARDS: Plastic Materials Gain Compliance with Chinese GB Standards

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) based Turcon® MF1, MF2 and MF6, as well as engineered plastic, Zurcon® Z81, have gained compliance with Chinese food safety regulations. They are among the first plastic seal materials produced by a global seal manufacturer to gain approval.

Chinese compliance equals global use

GB standards are the Chinese national standards issued by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), the Chinese National Committee of the ISO and IEC. Compliance with these regulations is crucial for use of the materials in food processing equipment and other food contact applications in China.

Approvals to Chinese regulations are in addition to existing compliance to relevant EU and US FDA standards, meaning the materials can be sold globally. This is essential for international food  processing equipment manufacturers and for the safety of consumers.

Expanding range of applications

The additional certifications significantly extends the range of applications that can be covered by Trelleborg seals.

The Turcon® and Zurcon® materials offer low friction and wear resistance and are suitable for dynamic applications, including those with abrasive media and countersurfaces. They are ideal for a variety of food processing applications, such as filling machines, valves, pumps, mixers, separators, homogenizers, centrifuges, dosage cylinders, and sensors.

Turcon® is particularly suitable for use in equipment that undergoes CIP and SIP regimes due to its high operating temperatures and media resistance.

Ever-growing family

These approved compounds complement our family of elastomer materials compliant to Chinese food safety regulations.

Further material registrations are foreseen to expand the portfolio to even more application areas.

A declaration of compliance to Chinese food contact regulations is available for each of these materials.

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EVENTS: Showcasing Innovation

Every two years, a two-day customer event is held by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. In September 2018, Stuttgart in Germany was the venue for the fourth German and the second European event. The presentations and the evening events were held in the Werkzentrum Weststadt in Ludwigsburg, the former industrial site of the electrical appliance manufacturer Eisfink, and on both days a tour of the new Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Innovation Center in Vaihingen was given to guests.

These included selected customers and partners from all sectors of industry, both in the German and European markets  and over 500 guests attended the Innovation Days.

MATERIALS: Zurcon® Z53 and Zurcon® Z54: Successful, New Polyurethane Compounds

Two cast polyurethane materials, Zurcon® Z53 and Zurcon® Z54, have successfully replaced the well-known compounds Zurcon® Z51 and Zurcon® Z52*. These two new compounds were developed in our facility in Denmark during an intense two-year material project and launched in 2017.

Superior performance

Performance of the new materials is on par with that of the materials that they have superseded. And in some areas, including extrusion resistance, wear performance and resistance to hydrolysis, performance is superior. Despite being new, demand for the materials is equal to that of its predecessors. The success of the new compounds comes as a result of excellent performance characteristics and support in transitions from previous formulations.

* Zurcon® Z51 and Zurcon® Z52 production ceased due to REACH regulations.

HEALTHCARE & MEDICAL Capabilities Expanded

Trelleborg finalized its acquisition of Sil-Pro, LLC., a U.S.- based, privately-owned, contract manufacturer of hightolerance silicone and thermoplastic components that offers assembly for medical devices, on January 2, 2019.

Sil-Pro delivers custom silicone and thermoplastic solutions for complex engineering challenges and brings more than
20 years of experience partnering with medical device companies. Its product offering compliments the existing portfolio of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, including the capabilities added following the 2016 acquisition of SSF (Specialty Silicone Fabricators).

Sharing and collaboration

“We’re looking forward to being able to leverage and share our expertise in custom silicone and thermoplastic solutions,” says Brian Higgins, Director of Business Development for Sil-Pro. “We’re also excited to be a part of the larger Trelleborg Group and collaborating with its other facilities. We see this being of mutual benefit to both our customers and the Sil-Pro team.”

Ursula Nollenberger, Product Line Director for Global Elastomer Operations at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, says:

“Sil-Pro bolsters our existing manufacturing footprint with enhanced capabilities in medical silicone and thermoplastic processing, component machining and assembly. We have great synergies on the engineering side with outstanding expertise in product and process development, tool making, and automation. We share a mindset of solving customers’ application challenges with innovative high-quality and costeffective engineered solutions.”

NEW FACILITIES: Improving Service for Customers in Brazil

Closer to the customer

The Trelleborg Sealing Solutions marketing company in Brazil recently inaugurated its new office in São Paulo. “Our new offices bring us closer to most of our clients,” explains Luis Fronterotta, General Manager of the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions marketing company in Brazil. “Due to the better regional infrastructure, it is now much easier for us to travel to customers and for them to come to us. One highlight of the new office is our training facility to support customers with in-depth information on sealing technology.”

Lean manufacturing

In January 2019, the new manufacturing site in São José dos Campos celebrated its opening. This site specializes in the production of engineered plastic seals. “The new facility enables us to better support our customers with an optimized and sustainable structure that follows lean manufacturing best practices. It will guarantee us better performance, economy of resources and harmony with the values of our company,” says Renan Mello, the site’s Finance & Operations Manager.

SUSTAINABILITY: A Greener Way to Work

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in Stuttgart, Germany, is encouraging its over 500 employees to leave their fossilfueled cars at home and use alternative methods to commute to work. In addition to sponsored tickets for public transportation and a bonus for those who walk or bike, employees also benefit from e-bike subsidies and an app to facilitate car-pooling.

Lowering the number of cars on the road

“Commuting by car is becoming more and more difficult in Stuttgart due to restrictions aimed at reducing smog and traffic problems,” says Carsten Stehle, General Manager of the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions marketing company in Germany. “That’s why, as part of our move to the new Innovation Center, we’ve developed a mobility concept that will help us promote more environmentally friendly alternatives to a single person travelling by car to the office.

“Thanks to the new concept, our employees will be able to get to work faster, more cost-effectively and healthier than before. Now, just under 20 percent of employees leave their cars at home and use buses, trains, bicycles or walk and we expect this number to increase in the future. In this way, we are saving resources and making a contribution to the environment. “