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A magazine from Trelleborg
Group. Solutions that seal,
damp and protect critical
The sugarcane
Sturdy tire beats
the stubble
Ad a m H a ssa n
“ Digital services
boost the service
Easy drainage
No-dig pipe
revolutionize drain
After six decades of
serving as a critical
partner to aircraft
Trelleborg now aims
for the tnal frontier.
TRELLEBORG AND the aerospace industry have been
partners for more than 65 years.
Over that time the relationship has evolved from
Trelleborg supplying polymer seals and fairings, to the
company becoming a fully fledged co-designer of some
of the world’s most advanced airliners. Aerospace is one
of numerous industries where Trelleborg has become
an application expert combined with close integration
with customers.
Polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE, is an example of a
polymer with many complex properties and its benefits
extend far beyond the aerospace industry. Industries
throughout the world enjoy the benefits of PTFE with
applications varying from offshore oil & gas valves subsea
to the hydraulics of backhoes and tractors. What’s more,
the sky is not necessarily the limit for Trelleborg. Vehicles
using Trelleborg seals can even be found on Mars. Read
more about Trelleborg’s role in the sky in this issue of
T-Time and on
Enjoy your reading!
Peter Nilsson
President and ceo
0ome ß, w|th me
They follow the strictest quality regimes of all.
Meet the team aiming beyond 33.000 feet.
Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, offers
a variety of food, shopping and natural sights.
Thanks to sturdy design, Trelleborg’s TM800 tire
copes efficiently with harsh sugarcane stubble.
High-quality seals for use in the iron and steel
industries have kept Trelleborg and Clayton
Walker in partnership for 30 years.
Case page 18
People & Trends page 19
News/Update page 22
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Water tightness is key to the island and tunnel
project of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.
Trelleborg will ensure that 33 tunnel sections
remain safe at deep-sea depths of up to 40 metres.
M a ca u
H o n g K o n g
As a combination of
bridge, tunnel and
artificial island, the
HZMB is a mega-link
between Hong Kong,
Zhuhai and Macau.
ince the official
start of the island
and tunnel pro-
ject of the Hong
Ko ng - Zhuha i -
Macau br i dge
(HZMB) j oi nt
venture of China
Construction Co Ltd (CCCC) in 2009, work has
not stopped for engineers and other staff, such as
Lin Ming, General Project Manager and Chief
Zhuhai, in Guangdong province, China,
stands on the west bank of Pearl River Delta
(PRD), which feeds into the South China Sea.
It borders Macau and faces Hong Kong on the
other side of the delta.
Lin has worked for more than 30 years on
a variety of construction projects for CCCC.
Nevertheless, the difficulties and risks involved in this
project are unprecedented for Lin and his colleagues.
As a combination of bridge, tunnel and artificial
island, the 49.9 kilometer HZMB is a mega-link
between Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau. The island
and tunnel project, overseen by the CCCC joint
venture, is a critical part of the overall construction
work, and involves some of the most difficult to
construct immersed tunnel in the world – and two
artificial islands.
THE PROJECT HAS been divided into four phases.
The two artificial islands were built during the first
phase. The second phase involved the construction
and installation of the first tunnel section, which was
completed in May 2013. The third phase involves
installing the remaining 32 tunnel sections. This will
be the most difficult and time-consuming phase, and
will take around three years. The fourth phase will
involve engineering work inside the tunnel, as well
as some construction work on the artificial islands.
“The duration of the contract for the island and
tunnel project is six years. At present, we’ve finished
installing the first two tunnel sections, using half of
the duration of the contract. The
first two are 112.5 meters in length and
weigh 50,000 tonnes respectively while, from
the third one on, the tunnels are 180-meter-long and
weigh 80,000 tonnes,” says Lin.
“Relatively speaking, the installation of the first two
tunnel sections has inaugurated the overall project.
Given that we were working on the open sea and
the high risk involved, we spent two years studying
complex marine issues, preparing for the installation,”
Lin says. “We’ve done a great job in terms of the
installation of the first two, and until now, everything
has gone as planned.”
THE EXPECTED SERVICE life of the HZMB is 120
years, and it’s designed to withstand a magnitude-8
earthquake. As a result, the tunnel sections need to
remain watertight for 120 years. Water tightness is
integral to the immersed tunnel, and requires high-
quality sealing products. Therefore, the Project
Management Department organized an international
bidding for the tender.
“ We spent two years studying
complex marine issues,
preparing for the installation”
Lin Ming, China
Construction Co Ltd
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According to Lin, the competition was stiff, with
several well-known suppliers of sealing solutions
dropping out due to the highly specific technical
standards required and a lack of appropriate
experience. Trelleborg won the bid, becoming the
sole supplier of sealing solutions for the immersed
tunnel, with the Project Management Department
taking a variety of factors into consideration, such as
product performance, product design and corporate
performance. The products ordered included Gina
gaskets, Omega seals, waterstops and a variety of
sealing accessories.
“Many suppliers don’t really understand the project,
and they can only deliver products,” says Lin. “The
island and tunnel project is sophisticated and risky.
We can’t allow imperfect sealing products to ruin the
entire project. Trelleborg are very cooperative. They
identify our needs, conduct experiments based on
their own experience and expertise and then explain
the principles involved for us. Their professionalism
and creativeness are demonstrated by reliable
communication as well as full support.”
The order placed by the Project Management
Department is Trelleborg’s biggest ever in terms of
tunnel infrastructure business. According to Lin, the
project will expand Trelleborg’s brand influence and
strengthen its lead in the industry.
“As a business partner, we are very happy with our
relationship with Trelleborg,” Lin says. “We believe the
sealing products will continue to satisfy our demands
in the following installations as long as we’re working
with Trelleborg. It’s an unparalleled feat for us to
undertake an offshore engineering project of this scope
relying on our own capabilities. Thankfully, we are
working with Trelleborg, a reliable partner, to achieve
mutual trust and benefits.”
Local production
The four types of sealing products used in the HZMB immersed tunnel
were designed and manufactured by Trelleborg Offshore &
Construction’s infrastructure operation. Two of them were produced
at the Trelleborg’s facility in Qingdao, China. “We take pride in
cooperating with CCCC on the HZMB island and tunnel project.
Trelleborg can offer a total sealing system, with its design and
production capabilities. At the Qingdao facility, we have been able to
manufacture some sealing products that satisfy customers’
requirements of product quality, transportation and cost,” says Jackie
Huang, Managing Director of the infrastructure operation of Trelleborg
Offshore & Construction in Qingdao. The other seals were produced at
Trelleborg’s manufacturing facility in the Netherlands.
Trelleborg’s seal
makes sure the tunnel
remains watertight.
Once a tunnel section
is connected to the
next, the partition wall
is removed.
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IN 1903, ORVILLE WRIGHT took to the sky in the world’s
first powered airplane, and aviation was born. Now there
is a passenger and freight aircraft fleet of over 16,000 and
this is predicted to double by 2032, equating to a new
plane build of 4.4 trillion USD over the next twenty years.*
As the aerospace industry rapidly developed, it needed
quality suppliers to support it, and Trelleborg was there.
For more than 65 years, Trelleborg has partnered with
aircraft manufacturers in design of systems containing
its seals, bearings and air frame components, as well as
evacuation slides. Boasting the number one position
globally in seals, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions features in
all major platforms worldwide.
“Every time you board an aircraft it will probably
contain numerous Trelleborg solutions,” says Torben
Andersen, Director Aerospace Segment Marketing.
“Quality, reliable solutions are mandatory as safety is
critical in aircraft production. Our solutions feature in
various areas of the plane, such as the landing gear which
takes extreme stress especially when taking off and landing.
In such applications, failure is not an option.”
System and functional quality requirements within
Trelleborg’s facilities that focus on the aerospace industry,
such as the production site in Tewkesbury, England, follow

There is hardly an aircraft in the world that takes off without
some advanced Trelleborg solutions on board. For more than
six decades, Trelleborg has been a critical partner to aircraft
manufacturers and is today a fully-fledged co-designer of
some of the world’s most advanced airliner systems.
some of the most demanding quality
regimes of all.
“ISO9001:2008 is an important
quality standard but in the aerospace
industry, as consequences of failure are
high, suppliers need to go beyond that,”
says, Chris Busby, Aerospace Product
Manager at Tewkesbury.
All Trelleborg facilities supplying
to the aerospace industry possess the
coveted AS EN9100 accreditation.
Continues Busby, “More stringent than the ISO standard,
AS EN9100 focuses on business and product risk,
documentation and full product traceability requirements.
“When we receive an aerospace order, we specifically
look at how we handle documentation and batch
traceability. That may include special part marking or
bag & tag, where every individual seal supplied is bagged
separately with its own numbering and documentation.
In the unlikely event of a sealing issue, manufacturing
can be traced back to the exact second of production, the
machine the part was produced on, the operator and the
rest of the batch identified.”
TRELLEBORG WAS THE first to work with polytetra-
fluoroethylene (PTFE) as a material for sealing and its
Turcon compounds and proprietary seal designs have
become a standard for others to follow. In the aerospace
industry, the low friction characteristics of Turcon, wide
operating temperature range and resistance to lubricants,
make it ideal for hydraulic systems.
“Hydraulic systems are used throughout the plane,
in controls, brakes, suspension and landing gears; all the
control surfaces on the wings and tail of larger planes
are hydraulically actuated,” continues Andersen. “These
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Trelleborg has been a
supplier of polymer solu-
tions onboard aircraft for
decades. Elastomers are
mainly used for airframe
seals, O-Rings and cus-
tom-designed engineered
molded parts, while pol-
(PTFE) based products
are indispensable in slide
bearings and seals for
hydraulic systems.
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on Aviation Day earlier this year, said that the country’s
airports would be handling 336 million domestic and 85
million international passengers with projected investment
to the tune of 120 billion USD by 2020.
“This is where our globality is vital to our customers,”
continues Busby. “Trelleborg has 10 facilities capable of
producing seals, bearings and airframe solutions around
the world that can offer products to the same standards,
drawings and quality regimes. More importantly, where ever
the components are manufactured, engineering support is
local. One of our U.S. customers, for example, may transfer
production of a system to India. We will support design and
development in the U.S. and be on hand to support on the
production line or in assembly in India.”
“ The industry is
requiring ever-
extended life-
spans and longer
intervals of the
Torben Andersen,
At t he cent er f or
excel l ence i n
Hel si ngør,
Denmark, t he
desi gn and
devel opment of
Turcon seal s f or
most ai rl i ners i n
t he worl d t akes
pl ace. Lars Hol m
and Lars Bredahl
Hansen are t wo of
t he empl oyees.
systems require a large number of seals as in most of them
there is a configuration of seals, combining different types
to exclude media, keep lubricants in and create a back-
pumping effect for greater efficiency.”
The center for excellence for PTFE-based sealing
technology is in Helsingør, Denmark where the design
and development of Turcon seals for most airliners in the
world takes place. Here, and in other Trelleborg PTFE
manufacturing sites globally, Turcon is molded into
annular or tubular shapes, carefully heated and cooled
in a controlled process and subsequently machined to
extremely tight tolerances.
“A new airliner takes some five years to develop.
Nowadays we are part of the design teams of most major
aircraft builders right from the first drawings,” Andersen
says. “Who we are working with and where we are working
with them is changing. The big manufacturers, such as
Airbus and Boeing – to name just two – are becoming
increasingly global as manufacturing adapts to new
passenger trends. The U.S. and Europe used to be where
most flights were made to and from but that will not
necessarily be the case in the future.”
ASIA IS PREDICTED to see the biggest growth over the
next 20 years. Airbus estimates that Indian air traffic
growth, at 9.8 percent, will be the highest in the world,
even higher than China at 7.2 percent. The Minister for
Civil Aviation, Shri Ajit Singh, speaking at a function
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The long-term close relationship between Trelleborg
and its aerospace customers means that it keeps abreast of
the latest technology developments and meets the sealing
and bearing challenges they may present.
ANDERSEN GIVES AN example of Fly-by-wire. “This
is a fairly recent development in aircraft design. With
this technology, aircraft are controlled not directly by
the pilot but rather by onboard computers, dramatically
increasing the number of movements of the actuators in
flight, meaning that the hydraulics of the control surfaces
work much harder than before.
“At the same time, the industry requires ever-extended
lifespans and longer maintenance intervals of the actuators.
Traditionally, the seals in actuator hydraulics had a service
life of 1,500 hours, but thanks to ongoing developments
in the manufacture of our bearings and seals, Trelleborg
can now guarantee a service life of 85,000 hours for the
actuator seals on a Boeing 787 and even 100,000 for
those on the new Airbus A350.”
Busby points to where advanced elastomers are
making a contribution. “Fuel is the second-largest cost
of airlines, so ever-leaner engines are a top priority for
all aircraft builders and their clients. Generally speaking,
the higher an engine’s operating temperature, the more
efficiently it runs. And, as temperatures and pressures
go up, so do the demands made on all the materials
“Trelleborg’s Isolast is a perfluoroelastomer material
combining the chemical inertness of a PTFE with the
flexibility of an elastomer. It is used for seals on the
plane’s gearbox and bearing chamber in an increasing
number of jet engines around the world because of its
unrivaled stability at high temperatures, coupled with a
greater resistance to high thermo-oxidative stability gas
turbine lubricating oils.”
How about the space in aerospace? Does Trelleborg
also contribute to the conquest of the Final Frontier?
“Compared with our role in civil aviation,” says
Andersen, “our deliveries to space programs at this point
are quite small – but there are some vehicles with our
seals roving around on Mars right now!”
LE F T: A d ig ita l m icro m e te r is
u se d to m e a su re th e size o f a
P TFE p a rt.
AB O VE , R I G H T: To rb e n An d e rse n
a n d h is co -wo rk e rs a re p a rt o f
th e d e sig n te a m s o f m o st m a jo r
a ircra ft b u ild e rs rig h t fro m th e
first d ra win g s.
1886 after gold was discovered on
the site, and the city grew rapidly,
attracting foreigners who made
fortunes in this “place of gold.”
In addition to mining, today,
financial and business services
dominate. Generating 16 percent of
the country’s GDP and employing
12 percent of the national workforce,
Johannesburg is the economic
powerhouse of South Africa. With a
population of 4.5 million (extending
to more than 10 million in the greater
metropolitan area), Johannesburg is
the largest city in South Africa and
one of the 50 largest metropolitan
areas in the world.
Economic activities continue
to attract people to the city, but it’s
the natural setting and the pleasant
climate that make them want to
Trelleborg has offices in
Johannesburg, Durban and Cape
Town, providing local sales and engineering support. Trelleborg mainly
supplies industrial and agricultural tires
to OEMs, local tire dealers and end users for use in construction, forklifts and farming as well as marine systems
and seals for industrial
applications .
Te locals afectionately call
Johannesburg by many names,
such as Joburg, Jozi, Mzansi and
Egoli – meaning “place of gold”
– a name that perfectly character-
izes this South African gem.
stay. Built at nearly 2,000 meters
above sea level, the city enjoys mild
temperatures and numerous sunny
days, even during the winter months.
City residents speak some 11
different official languages, including
Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa and Afrikaans.
English is the official business
language and is commonly spoken, yet
not quite one-tenth of Johannesburg
residents speak it at home.
Visitors who want to find out more
about the city and South African history
can begin at the Apartheid Museum.
Opened in 2001, the museum delves
into South Africa’s history of apartheid.
The Nelson Mandela National
Museum, housed in Mandela’s former
home in Soweto, takes visitors through
the long walk to freedom for the former
political prisoner who became president
of South Africa.
Although it is around 400
kilometers from Johannesburg,
most agree that a visit to the Kruger
National Park is a must for any visitor
to the area. Getting to the park takes
some planning, but there are a variety
of day trips and safari options to
choose from. It’s worth it just to see
Africa’s “big five” – rhino, elephant,
leopard, lion and Cape buffalo – in
their native environment. If time is
limited, the 81-hectare Johannesburg
Zoo is another great choice, with its
more than 320 species of animals,
among them several endangered
species and some of Africa’s fiercest
animals, such as the Nile crocodile
and the African hippo.
Joburgers do like to shop, and there
are plenty of modern shopping malls
as well as colorful markets, among
them the Rosebank Rooftop Market,
the Bryanston Organic & Natural
Market, the Zasekhaya Market and
the Market Theatre Flea Market.
These, selling locally made handicrafts
and fresh produce, are great places for
browsing, picking up souvenirs and
tasting local food.
In terms of local food, boerewors
(meat sausages), corn porridges,
curries and beans are some traditional
favorites. On the sweet side of things,
koeksisters (plaited dough cakes that
are sweet, syrupy and sticky) are an
Afrikaner specialty. They can be
washed down with the South African
herbal tea, rooibos, which means “red
bush” in Afrikaans. For something
stronger, there are many world-
renowned South African wines or
sorghum-based beer, a local favorite.
Tourists have plenty to discover in
Johannesburg, but are warned to be
cautious after dark and to avoid walking
in unfamiliar areas or using public
transport. If you decide to do your own
driving, be prepared for traffic jams and
remember to keep to the left-hand side
of the road!
Jo h a n n e sb u rg
Hawa Adams, national credit
manager and internal auditor at
Trelleborg in South Africa, grew up in
Johannesburg and
wouldn’t want to live
anywhere else.
What do you like about
It is a joyful, beautiful and
friendly city where we have
everything we need and the
best climate in the world. We
have different cultures, all kinds
of cuisines, warm-hearted people and fantastic
natural sights. We’re blessed with sunny skies in
the summer and winters that are not too cold. I
love waking up early in the morning to the sound
of birds. It makes me feel happy right away!
What are your favorite activities in the city?
I like braais (barbecues) in picnic areas on week-
ends, having coffee with friends and going to the
shopping malls. If Johannesburg had a beach, we
would all flock there every evening after work, but
instead, we mostly engage in sport. Soccer, rugby
and cricket are big here.
Visitors should go to the Kruger National Park
to hear lions roaring, spot the shy cheetahs and
see colorful birds nestling in trees. Words cannot
explain what it’s like to be there. Another place
to visit is the Valley of the Waves in Sun City, a
water park where visitors can experience awe-
some manmade waves, a few hours away from
the city.
How does the Johannesburg you grew up in
compare with the city today?
During my childhood the country was safe, but
there was racial discrimination. Getting an edu-
cation and a job was not easy for non-whites.
Now everything is different and we have freedom
of religion and expression. The country has
developed incredibly. Apartheid made the under-
privileged blacks much stronger, so there is a
different, almost electric vibe in the townships.
However, crime is still a problem, and we have to
be careful.
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Sugarcane is a challenge to harvest.
Increasingly environmentally-friendly
processes are being used to cut the cane.
However, innovative tire solutions are
needed to keep the machines rolling
along over the harsh terrain created by
the cane’s stubble.
for secure energy supplies, many
countries have turned to sugarcane,
not only to sweeten food but also
to produce ethanol and bioplastics
as alternatives to fossil-fuel-derived
products. With an annual production
of 1.7 billion tons, this major industry
is looking for greener and more
sustainable solutions for producing
and harvesting this versatile plant.
Traditionally sugarcane fields
were burned prior to harvesting to
remove weeds and leaves, but this
practice has been changed to a more
environmentally-friendly process,
called green harvesting, in order
to improve air quality. Alongside
such changes have come greater
mechanization and investment in
harvesters and machinery. Brazil
Trelleborg Wheel Systems is a leading supplier of com-
plete wheel systems and tires for agriculture and forestry
and materials handling including forklift trucks. Tires
from Trelleborg for agricultural and forestry purposes are
designed to protect soil from compacting to give higher
yields from crops. In forests and on rough terrain, round
tire shoulders minimize the impact on root systems.
produces more than half of the world’s
sugarcane. By 2014 more than 90
percent of harvesting in its largest
sugarcane-producing state of São
Paulo will be carried out mechanically,
following an investment of more than
USD 4.5 billion over the past seven
During harvesting, large machines
move along the rows of cane, remov-
ing their leafy tops and cutting the
stalks into short pieces, called billets.
The billets are then loaded into trucks
that move alongside the harvester.
Sugarcane is an extremely tough grass,
and the stubble left in the ground fol-
lowing the harvest can reduce the life
of standard tires on both the harvest-
ing machines and the trucks. To solve
the problem Trelleborg has developed
a new tire specifically for sugarcane
harvesting. The
tire will be tar-
geted primarily at
sugarcane harvest-
ing operations in
Central and South
America, where
the terrain is par-
ticularly harsh.
The Trelleborg TM800 SugarCane
tire is the result of years of experience
and research in sugarcane fields and
is designed to cope effectively with
sugarcane stubble. This is thanks
to a very sturdy design that is able
to handle high torque and load
transmission. Modern trucks are
required to carry heavy loads easily
while giving the driver a ride that is as
comfortable and smooth as possible.
“The profile of the tire lug’s base
is significantly smoother and more
rounded when compared to a stand-
ard tire,” explains Paolo Pompei,
President of the agricultural and
forestry tires operation of Trelleborg
Wheel Systems. “The smooth lug
base increases the tire’s resistance
to sugarcane stubble. The profile of
the lugs of the tire’s tread has been
strengthened to enhance tread resist-
ance. In addition, the 710/70R38
TM800 SugarCane features a bead
width increased by 12 percent to with-
stand the stress of severe farming con-
ditions. This means the tire can cope
with high torque and provide a better
load transmission to the ground.”
In this way, Trelleborg is making its
own contribution to an industry that
is undergoing considerable change
and growth. The aim is to transform
the sugarcane industry into a more
sustainable and
friendly sector
that not only
satisfies our sweet
tooth but also
helps to meet the
world’s energy
First tire developed specifically
for sugarcane production.
Features a smoother and more
rounded lug than standard tires.
Can stand up to harsh stubble.
Designed to handle high torque
and loads.
Bead width is increased by 12 per-
cent to withstand high stresses.
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asometers, otherwise
known as gasholders,
have been an iconic
feature of the urban
landscape since the
latter part of the 19th
century. Originally storing coal gas
for street lighting and household use,
these huge telescoping containers,
guided by intricate iron frameworks,
were inescapable features of many
city skylines. Some are listed as
historic structures, and London’s
distinctive Kings Cross gasholder
no 8 framework is being restored as
an event space and play area.
The four main current types of
gasholder are: Wiggins dry-seal,
waterless M.A.N., Klonne grease
seal, column spiral guided water-
sealed. One company in particular
stands out in this market sector
– Clayton Walker Gasholders, a
division of the Motherwell Bridge
Ltd., a world leader in the design
and maintenance of storage tanks,
heat exchangers and gasholders.
Clayton Walker Gasholders
has been involved in gasholder
construction since 1837.
“We deal with most well-
known steel companies,” says Ian
Ford, Motherwell Bridge’s Chief
Operating Officer. “India is our
biggest market, but we operate in
many countries throughout the
world, including Brazil, Taiwan,
Ukraine, the U.K., South Africa
and Australia. Most of our work
involves the collection and safe
in touch
“ Some of these
seals are so large
that the rigid
structures they go
into are built
around them”
Steve Ridgway,
storage of recovered gases from
coke ovens, blast furnaces and steel-
making processes. There’s a double
benefit: The gases can be reused
for power and heat within the steel
plant, and you avoid the need to
flare off these highly toxic gases into
the atmosphere, giving a significant
reduction in carbon emissions.
The seal is a critical component of
our storage solutions. We use the
Wiggins type dry-seal, supplied
by Trelleborg Coated Systems
engineered fabrics operation, in
both brand new installations and in
the conversion of older gasholders
to fully functioning Wiggins type
dry-seal gasholders.”
have been working in partnership
for more than 30 years, designing
and manufacturing high-quality
seals mainly for use in high-
volume gas storage for the iron and
steel industries. “It’s a remarkable
relationship, and one that depends
on communication, flexibility and
innovation,” says Ford.
Steve Ridgway, Managing
Director at the part of Trelleborg
based in Manchester, England, that
manufactures the gasholder seals,
takes up the story. “The Wiggins
type dry-seal is a highly specialized
product, ideally suited for collection
and storage of waste gases. Sizes
vary, but the largest gasholder seal
we have supplied is for a gasholder
with a capacity of 150,000 cubic
meters. Some of these seals are so large
that the rigid structures they go into
are built around them.The seals have
other applications, too, for storage
of methane, nitrogen, hydrogen and
butane, but the new generation of
materials that we have developed for
the seal is ideally suited for containing
waste gases produced by iron and steel
He continues: “The success of our
partnership with Motherwell Bridge
is based on the fact that we provide
a whole service, following our seals
through their lifetime – 10 to 15 years
and more, with some in excess of 20
years – closely monitoring installation
processes as well as performance. An
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Clayton Walker Gasholders, a part of the
Motherwell Bridge Engineering Group, is
renowned worldwide for its expertise in
the field of Wiggins type dry-seal gashold-
ers. Markets include India, Brazil, Taiwan,
the UK, Ukraine and South Africa.
Trelleborg has worked for more than 30
years in partnership with Clayton Walker
Gasholders, designing and producing
high-quality seals for Wiggins type dry-
seal gasholders. Latest developments
include a new generation of materials for
high-temperature steel-making gases and
aggressive coke oven gases.
honest and open relationship with our customers brings
benefits to them and to us as well. Some of Clayton Walker
Gasholders’ customers request specific technicians from
us during installation of our seals.”
COMMENTS FORD: “Trelleborg supplies a tried and tested
product, supported by a good warranty. They’re flexible
and open to suggestions and ideas that will help meet our
customers’ demands. We both understand the importance
of improving our respective products and services; it’s vital
in maintaining a position as the supplier of choice to steel
Ridgway adds: “We’ve learned a great deal about the
gas-holding process. This has only been possible through
our relationship with Motherwell Bridge, and in turn
we have developed new materials that have increased the
quality of the components that Motherwell Bridge offers
its customers.”
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first a p p e a re d 1 8 0
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a n e ffe ctive m e a n s
o f sto rin g la rge
a m o u n ts o f g a s a t
lo w p re ssu re .
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n issue for many subsea oil and gas fields is
that decreasing natural pressure is reducing
recovery and shortening the lifetime of fields.
Owners of the Åsgard oilfield, situated some
200 kilometres off the coast of Norway, have
developed a process that could bring benefits
to the oil and gas industry for years to come.
Set for completion in 2015, the
groundbreaking project will use subsea
gas compression technology to maintain
production and boost recovery from the Midgard and
Mikkel reservoirs by the equivalent of about 278 million
barrels of oil.
Åsgard field operator Statoil states on its website: “With
Åsgard subsea gas compression, we are one step closer to
realizing our vision of a subsea factory. Subsea processing,
and gas compression in particular, is an important
technology advance to develop fields in deep waters and
harsh environments.”
While this project represents a quantum leap in seabed
technology, the challenging applications will increase the
demands on the equipment used. Apart from being water-
resistant, the equipment must withstand the temperatures
and hydrostatic pressures found in deep-sea beds.
At these depths, fluids become warmer, resulting in
a significant temperature difference compared with the
surrounding seawater. This can cause piping wax build-up
and eventually clogging, potentially leading to costly
production downtime and repairs. Sophisticated thermal
insulation is crucial to ensure a steady fluid flow.
With this in mind, Aker Solutions, contractor of the
Åsgard subsea compression system, will apply Trelleborg’s
high-performance Vikotherm R2 subsea insulation to 600
meters of piping. A well-proven solution, the material can
easily be adapted to the varying geometries, surfaces and
applications of the installation.
The rubber-based composite Vikotherm R2 system
insulates and protects jumpers, manifolds, risers, pipelines,
flow lines, equipment and other subsea structures.
Maintenance-free, the product is designed to last the
installation’s lifetime, a minimum of 30 years, so it will
never normally require replacement.
“Vikotherm R2 is practically incompressible and both
seawater- and impact-resistant,” says Oddvar Kopstad,
Sales Manager Subsea at the Trelleborg Offshore &
Construction facility in Norway. “It effectively withstands
both low and high temperatures and provides corrosion
and mechanical protection. Competing systems may have
the same individual properties but are unable to offer all
of them as one package.”
the flow
Te recently launched Åsgard subsea compression
project in the Norwegian Sea is the world’s frst-ever
subsea gas compression facility and a pioneering
development for the industry.
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Vikotherm R2 is made up of three layers, all bonded
to one another. The inner layer is chemically bonded
to the structure surface, ensuring protection against
corrosion, HISC (hydrogen-induced stress cracking)
and disbondment. The middle layer provides thermal
insulation, and the outer layer protects against mechanical
and water ingress.
“The layer thicknesses and properties are extremely
flexible,” Kopstad explains, “making it easy to adjust to
environmental challenges and customer requirements.”
Launched in 2012, the Vikotherm R insulation builds
on the success of its former generation, first manufactured
in the late 1980s. The updated material has been
subjected to years of rigorous testing, including lifetime
evaluations, long-term simulated service tests and full-scale
qualification tests. A notable upgrade to Vikotherm R2
is that it can be applied either on-site or at Trelleborg’s
production facility in Norway. “The growing global subsea
market increasingly focuses on flexibility, delivery time and
quality,” says Kopstad. “So it is a huge advantage to be able
to apply it on-site, anywhere in the world.”
Application at the plant involves high-pressure and
high-temperature vulcanization (typically +140˚C/
+284˚F) in an autoclave. Field vulcanization is done at
ambient pressure without an autoclave, but it retains the
same properties.
With a market share of 20 to 25 percent and advanced
growth plans, the future looks bright for Vikotherm
R2. “In 2013, Trelleborg saw a very big increase in the
specification of this solution,” Kopstad says, “and the
company expects to see more growth, much of it as a
direct result of Vikotherm R2’s on-site possibilities.”
2 is produced at
Trelleborg’s facility in M
ay. The m
ain custom
include large global oil and gas
Th e in sta lla tio n o f co m p re sso rs o n th e
se a b e d will e n su re a h ig h g a s flo w a n d
re co ve ry ra te . Th e co m p re sso r sta tio n is
a lm o st th e size o f a so cce r fie ld .
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CASE (National Water Main Cleaning)
Joseph Perone, Assistant Vice
President of National Water Main
Cleaning in New Jersey, U.S. “An
increasing number of property owners
demand that we repair and renovate
pipes in houses and commercial build-
ings without overly inconveniencing
those who live or work there.”
Trelleborg’s Drain MtH Liner is
a trenchless rehabilitation system for
the sealing and stabilizing of lateral
connections and the lateral pipes from
the main sewer to the house.
Trelleborg has collaborated with
companies that use the product to
help in its development. National
Water Main Cleaning is one of these
companies and its input has aided
Trelleborg in producing a product
that radically simplifies work for the
user. For example, far fewer resources
are needed to perform the work. In
addition, the time saving is so great
that the work crew is able to perform
a number of separate jobs in one day,
compared with just one job previously.
The Drain MtH Liner has a work-
ing range of up to 30 meters, which
means that the work crew does not
need to be right outside the door.
People working or living in the
building hardly notice that repairs
are being carried out, as noise and
other factors causing inconvenience
are eliminated.
Another advantage of Drain MtH
Liner is that it reduces the environmen-
tal impact of each repair. No major
trench work is required; only small
machines that use less fuel are used.
Trelleborg’s epros Drain MtH
Liner has been used in the U.S. since
spring 2012 and has given National
Water Main Cleaning the opportu-
nity to participate in the procurement
process for jobs in several states out-
side of their traditional home market.
“We have won new customers
in entirely new areas, such as
Massachusetts, Connecticut,
Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Missouri
and Kansas,” says Perone. “More
states are on the way.”
Soon, plumbing engineers will no longer need to
trouble property owners or residents when rectifying
sewage problems. The Drain MtH Liner allows plumb-
ing contractors to work via the main without requiring
access to the property or needing to dig a trench.
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Te digital revolution is upon us,
and, as in any revolution, chaos will
precede order – and completely new
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Trelleborg boasts a whole
array of websites related to
particular industries and pro-
viding useful information for
its customers. Making engi-
neers’ lives easier is a particu-
lar focus with numerous digi-
tal tools and apps available to
shortcut product specification
at the desk or on the move.
Find out more at
Title: Business Director
at Designit, a strategic
design bureau with offices
in 11 countries
Age: 32
Lives: Stockholm, Sweden.
dam Hassan, the business director
for international design-bureau
Designit, frequently uses the word
‘digital’ in his daily work. However,
he admits the term is actually quite
imprecise. It can refer to everything
from a connected digital-world to
smart phones and tablets, right
through to “The Internet of Things”
– the idea that any object, animal or
person can connect to the internet
and communicate.
Hassan’s business helps companies to grow and create
business value through strategic design. He says many
companies, primarily those in the industrial sector, are
having a hard time defining their digital identity. “For
some reason, these particular companies are finding it
difficult to get started,” he says. “Those that try often
project a rather clumsy impression.”
Part of Hassan’s job is to get business leaders to
understand the value of Internet-based services and
possibilities. But does everyone have to jump aboard the
Internet bandwagon?
“Yes, at least those that want to survive,” Hassan says.
“Not utilizing the opportunities that digital channels
provide is like driving a horse-drawn wagon when everyone
else is driving a car. The ongoing digital-revolution is the
new industrialization. Roles and tasks are disappearing
while new ones are being created and society is undergoing
radical change.”
THE ADVANTAGES OF “driving the digital sports car” can
be boiled down to three elements: knowledge, presence
and service. Let’s take knowledge first. Big data* and the
possibilities for measurement and analysis provided by
the Internet enable the gathering of information and data
about markets, customers and prospective customers, as
well as about their needs and behaviour. A company with
this knowledge also understands how to create increased
interest in its products and services.
With regard to presence, Hassan thinks it means being
where the target group is. “At the moment, you may have
customers who are not active on the Internet but it won’t
always be that way,” he says. “Most people born after 1970
have a natural relationship to the Internet and digital
And then there’s service. Over the last century,
competitive tools in many industries have developed
from focusing on range (supplying most extensive range
of goods wins) to quality (the supplier of the best goods
wins) and service.
“The digital space is already playing a decisive role in
this area,” Hassan says. “When the goods or services you
sell are not clearly differentiated from
those of your competitors, you have
to develop and refine your service and
the customer experience. Digital and
net-based services often dramatically
boost the service experience.”
But how does one go about it?
How does a company change from
being traditional and analog to a
credible digital player?
“MANY COMPANIES start at the wrong
end of the stick asking, ‘What will
we get out of this?’” Hassan says.
“Instead, I recommend investigating
how digitalization can enhance
efficiency in the organization of these
companies. How can you save money
and time as well as make things easier
for yourselves? Start from the inside
by making life easier for employees
and thereby acclimating people
to working digitally and creating
positive conditions. From there you
can progress and investigate what you
can do for your customers.”
Hassan says in many cases this
means changing a corporate structure
from the ground up. “The classic
corporate structure with one leader
at the top and a pyramid of employees
below does not function that well
anymore,” he says. “Many business
leaders do not understand how
changeable the new digital climate is.
They try to squeeze new opportunities
and methods into old paradigms.”
Instead, organizations need to
become flatter. Ideas and knowledge
at the furthest reaches of the company
must be cultivated, where they must
be taken seriously and allowed to
develop. A suggestion box in the
lunch room will just not cut it. Faster
decision paths and greater freedom for
employees at the base of the pyramid
are often necessary.
“Making such a change is not
easy,” Hassan says. “First there will
be chaos and then things will fall into
place. This may sound off-putting
– but then again, it’s called a
revolution for a reason.”
* The term Big Data alludes to Big Oil, with the implication that data has become a valuable raw material.
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OVER THE LAST 50 years, the technology used within the production
of airplanes has become much more sophisticated as a result of
stricter legislation, to ensure the safest and most robust airplanes.
Johan Frithiof, Commercial Director within Trelleborg Coated
Systems, comments: “In the 1960’s, airliner evacuation slides had
to be deployed in 25 seconds in non-extreme weather. Now, the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) states that slides must
deploy in just six seconds, in heat ranging from -65 °F to +160 °F
and winds of up to 25 knots (28.7mph).”
Over the years, Trelleborg’s expert teams have refined
the characteristics of coated fabrics to give consistent high
performance and compliancy, ensuring they withstand much
higher temperatures and harsher weather, while meeting weight
reduction needs and acheiving downstream process improvements.
Says Frithiof, “The nature of emergency products means that
you hope they never have to be used. But, when they are needed
it is imperative that they are in full working order.”
On November 10, opening day of the agricultural exhibition Agritechnica
2013, Trelleborg attended the “Tractor of the Year 2014” award. Since
2012, Trelleborg has served as official sponsor of the competition.
Paolo Pompei, President of the agricultural and forestry tires operation
of Trelleborg Wheel Systems, says: “We have been working closely with
leading tractor manufacturers for many decades, and we believe that
this important event demonstrates the power of investment into joint
efforts that promote innovation for sustainable farming.”
Over 65 percent of port owners,
operators and contractors said
they request and check PIANC
certification to ensure that marine
fenders are sold as described,
according to the third Barometer
Report from Trelleborg.
Trelleborg undertook extensive
testing on two commercial sized
fenders, one high quality fender
and one low cost, taking samples
from the fender body of each. In
the low cost fender the tensile
strength was only 9.3 MPa, well
below the requirement of the cus-
tomer’s original specification
(16mpa). The elongation at break
was also below the specification
the customer required. It was
found to be only 278% compared
to the minimum requirement of
Richard Hepworth, President of
the marine systems operation of
Trelleborg Offshore &
Construction, says: “It’s
reassuring that so many request
and check PIANC certification.
However, PIANC doesn’t have the
legal mandate to enforce
standards across the industry.
Some more unscrupulous traders
are using this to their advantage
by applying PIANC certification to
entire product lines or factories,
rather than to specific product
batches and compound
PIANC Certification key to
Compliance and Regulation
Tractor of the Year
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Nexteer Automotive, the global leader in advanced steering
and driveline systems has given Trelleborg’s boots operation
an “Outstanding Supplier 2013” award for excellence
achieved in all areas of supplier performance including
engineering, cost, quality, launch and delivery.
The boots produced by Trelleborg are used in complete
transmission and steering systems, which are delivered by
Nexteer to global car manufacturers.
favorite boots
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Patrik Romberg
Head of Corporate
Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered
polymer solutions that seal, damp
and protect critical appl ications
i n demandi ng envi ronment s. It s
i nnovat i ve engi neered solut i ons
accelerate performance for customers
in a sustainable way. The Trelleborg
Group has annual sales of about SEK
21 billion (EUR 2.33 billion, USD
3.25 billion) in over 40 countries. The
Group comprises five business areas:
Trelleborg Coated Systems, Trelleborg
Industrial Solutions, Trelleborg Offshore &
Cons t ruct i on, Trel l eborg Seal ing
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 14 billion
(EUR 1.57 billion, USD 2.19 billion) in
about 20 countries. The Trelleborg share
has been listed on the Stock Exchange
since 1964 and is listed on NASDAQ
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Trelleborg Offshore & Construction will supply drill riser
buoyancy modules to one of the leading drilling companies
in the world. The order is Trelleborg’s largest to date for
offshore drilling, totaling around 50 to 60 million USD,
depending on the final scope of the project.
YOU’D PROBABLY EXPECT the technical developments in
how sales people interact with customers and prospects
to make life easier. But faced with entering the digital age
and the optimal way of gaining new business no longer
just filling a schedule with face-to-face meetings, this new
technology can be a daunting.
Today, before the sales person even makes initial
contact with a prospect they need to analyze their
potential customers’ needs in-depth to come up with
a value proposition that addresses their requirements.
And for this, an excellent product or solution may not be
enough. You need to tailor your offering and add value
in sometimes unexpected ways to be able to succeed. The
challenge is not only to deliver better functionality than
your competitors, but also explain how your solution
actually yields productivity and profitability for your
customer – in short, how it creates better business.
And rather than meeting just a few customers face-
to-face, your time may be better spent meeting millions
using the power of the Internet, mobile apps and social
media. Blog posts written for engineers or contributions
to whitepapers for a conference that appear on the web can
demonstrate thought leadership. Through that, customers
and prospects will see you as the natural contact when they
have a technical problem to solve. Then, through one click
on a link in a blog or discussion forum, you can have an
e-mail in your inbox asking you for a solution.
To me, this complements the traditional way of
interacting with customers. For the technical salesperson
who grasps this new technology and way of working,
perhaps it can in fact make life much easier for them as
well as customers!
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