New plant inaugurated

Trelleborg

New plant inaugurated

Trelleborg further strengthens presence in Brazil - Inaugurates new plant for high-performance seals

Trelleborg continues its long-term strategy to invest in markets with favorable growth potential. The Group is now poised to further strengthen its presence in Brazil and on 16 November inaugurated a new plant in São José dos Campos outside São Paulo. The facility manufactures high-performance seals for such items as aircraft and passenger cars, as well as for industrial applications. The plant is part of the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions business area and it will initially employ about 100 staff.

“We believe that Latin America has highly favorable long-term growth opportunities, and Brazil is one of the principal countries in the region,” says Trelleborg’s President and CEO Peter Nilsson. “Between the years 2005 and 2008, we doubled our sales in Brazil and it is our view that the overall potential in the area remains good.”

Peter Nilsson and Claus Barsøe unveil a plaque at the inauguration of the Brazilian facility

“Demand for high-performance seals is favorable in many industries, such as the aviation and passenger car industries,” says Claus Barsøe, Business Area President, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. “In applications for biofuels for vehicles, we have, for example, developed seals that can be used in vehicles that use only ethanol and in vehicles that use both ethanol and gasoline. The development of these seals is a highly important step and means that we can now offer the global automotive industry, including the increasingly important automotive industry in Brazil, products and solutions that are unique in the market.”

Trelleborg in Brazil.

Trelleborg has two production units in Brazil, both in the region surrounding São Paulo. The facilities manufacture antivibration products for the automotive industry and high-performance seals, respectively, for the aerospace and passenger car industries, among others. Trelleborg has approximately 950 employees in Brazil and sales in 2008 amounted to about SEK 1.2 billion.