Interview with Claus Barsøe, prior to the 46th International Paris Air Show.


Interview with Claus Barsøe, prior to the 46th International Paris Air Show.

Though Trelleborg Sealing Solutions may seem a new name in the supply of aircraft seals, it is not.  Its pedigree goes back over fifty years and Dowty, Impervia and Shamban may give a clue to that history, these pioneers of the aerospace industry now being united within the group.

"We are the leading supplier of sealing solutions to aircraft manufacturers", stated Claus Barsøe, President Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.

"We have successfully supplied seals to the majority of platforms; from Douglas and Boeing in the 1950s to the latest aircrafts, including the Joint Strike Fighter and Airbus A380.  Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is responsible for manufacturing, whilst Busak+Shamban, which retains the respected Shamban name, is our global sales and marketing organisation.

"Our parent, Trelleborg AB, regards the aerospace group as a key part of its growth strategy and manufacturing units dedicated to this sector, are enjoying significant investment to maintain and improve our position as the technological pioneers within our field of expertise; expanding the product range to enhance our ability to be a total solution provider.

"Production of vital aircraft components takes place in America, Denmark, France, Sweden and the UK.  Since Trelleborg AB bought the sealing business from Smiths Industries just over 18 months ago, we have undertaken a major restructuring programme to strengthen and realign ourselves to meet the challenge of ever changing market demands, developing our organisation from a number of strong, but individually operating entities, to a completely integrated global supplier.  This reflects the way our customers operate, where we see a trend for design and development to take place in one or two countries, purchase decisions to be made elsewhere and final build to be perhaps in a totally different continent."

Busak+Shamban has aerospace specialists located in each one of their thirty-nine marketing companies worldwide.  Experience is seamlessly exchanged through a sophisticated engineering network, which utilises the skills and testing resources of focused research and development facilities.

Claus Barsøe continues, "We are committed to providing our key customers with leading-edge solutions and R&D concentrates on examining factors important to the aircraft designer, such as effects of high frequency vibration, extremes of temperature, severe pressures, environmental conditions and resistance to aggressive media used in hydraulic systems like, phosphate ester fluid and synthetic hydrocarbon based oils.

"Innovative manufacturing methods are continuously developed to match increasingly demanding performance criteria.  This is in addition to constant material and seal enhancements that have generated an unrivalled range of proprietary compounds and patented products."

Busak+Shamban work in partnership with their key customers and the relationship is not just limited to simply supplying a seal for an application. Claus Barsøe confirms this.

"We aim to understand all our customers’ needs, from their desire for involvement at concept stage to special requirements for delivery. We have always been involved in the early development of aircraft but our input is becoming ever greater, customers relying on our experience in providing sealing solutions. They are more than happy to use our computer modelling and in-house test capabilities to ensure sealing integrity.

"Our support continues right up to aircraft build and into aftermarket support.  To ease our customers’ assembly and help reduce stock levels, we combine efficient and timely product supply from our European logistics centre with direct line feed and kitting at our production plants."

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions have provided seal configurations for many of the aircrafts featured at Paris Airshow this year, including Dassault Falcon 7X, Embraer EMB 190, Boeing Tankers and Airbus A380.

"We have achieved our unparalleled market position by providing the ultimate in customer support to our customers; service is of paramount importance to us", emphasised Barsøe.  "Whether delivering innovative inflatable canopy seals, a Variseal® of a few millimetres in diameter or 2.5 metres, airframe seals in hundreds or O-Rings in thousands, the same dedication is committed to ensuring satisfactory supply.  Every aerospace application is important to us, whether it is a simple standard part used as a static seal on a commercial aircraft or a critical custom moulded design on the Mars Lander.

"Busak+Shamban have been involved in the aerospace industry for the last 50 years and we intend to be at the forefront of aerospace sealing technology for the next 50 years…at least."