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Trelleborg Press Release: Facility Expansion for Liquid Silicone Rubber Molding in Bulgaria


August 11, 2015
By Business Wire News

TRELLEBORG, Sweden

Trelleborg (STO:TRELB)

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions demonstrates its commitment to developing its global Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) injection molding manufacturing footprint with a further investment in support of the technology at its LSR facility in Pernik, Bulgaria. Boasting compliance with ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System, in particular, the Bulgarian facility will focus on components for sensitive food and beverage applications.

In April this year, Trelleborg utilized an option from 2011 to acquire the outstanding 50 percent of the shares in the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions LSR operation in Bulgaria. This latest investment will increase manufacturing floor space by 150% and the capacity of the tool room will be more than doubled. This expansion will allow future growth in small- to medium-sized technical LSR, especially over molded parts for food, beverage, baby care, sanitary, industrial and automotive electronics markets. A significantly increased area is dedicated to operation under the stricter hygienic requirements of the food and beverage industry.

Ursula Nollenberger, Product Director, Liquid Silicone Rubber Components, says: “Our investment in Bulgaria follows significant investments in Stein am Rhein, Switzerland and Northborough in the U.S. It is part of Trelleborg’s strategy to strengthen its positions in selected attractive market segments.

“Silicone rubber is a specialized material, accounting for just two percent of the total market for rubber. The advanced LSR segment currently represents around 15 percent of that silicone production. However, it is seeing exponential growth, particularly into high‐tech fields where the technology can meet the manufacturing and design challenges thrown up by complex applications.

“Operating in this emergent niche, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is the world’s leading exponent of precision LSR and 2-component (2C) processing. Complex geometries, including multi‐components, are produced at our strategically positioned global manufacturing facilities in the same consistent way, with the same processes worldwide.”

The Trelleborg Sealing Solutions facility in Pernik, Bulgaria is one of three sites where Trelleborg Sealing Solutions specializes in Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) injection molding. In addition to the Pernik, Bulgaria site, these are strategically located in Stein am Rhein, Switzerland, Northborough, Massachusetts, U.S. For further details go to www.tss.trelleborg.com.

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Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Group

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is one of the world’s leading developers, manufacturers and suppliers of precision seals. It supports its aerospace, industrial and automotive customers through over 20 production facilities and more than 40 marketing companies globally. Within its portfolio are some of the longest established sealing brands, including Busak+Shamban, Chase Walton, Dowty, Forsheda, GNL, Palmer Chenard, Shamban, Skega and Stefa along with a large number of proprietary products and materials such as TurconÒ, ZurconÒ, OrkotÒ, IsolastÒ, StepsealÒ and Wills RingsÒ. www.tss.trelleborg.com

Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative engineered solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way. The Trelleborg Group has annual sales of about SEK 22 billion (EUR 2.48 billion, USD 3.29 billion) in over 40 countries. The Group comprises five business areas: Trelleborg Coated Systems, Trelleborg Industrial Solutions, Trelleborg Offshore & Construction, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Wheel Systems. In addition, Trelleborg owns 50 percent of TrelleborgVibracoustic, a global leader within antivibration solutions for light and heavy vehicles, with annual sales of approximately SEK 16 billion (EUR 1.78 billion, USD 2.36 billion) in about 20 countries. The Trelleborg share has been listed on the Stock Exchange since 1964 and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Large Cap. www.trelleborg.com.

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Trelleborg
Donna Guinivan
Editor PR and media
Email: Donna.Guinivan@trelleborg.com