History

The Trelleborg story

Trelleborg has been pioneering polymer engineering and materials technology in its chosen segments for more than a century. Read about some key chapters in the Trelleborg story.  

2014
2014
Trelleborg AB in healthcare & outdoor recreation
Trelleborg acquires Uretek Archer LLC Group and grows within polyurethane-coated fabrics and rubber-coated fabrics in North America. Their products and solutions are used across multiple segments, such as aerospace, healthcare, outdoor recreation, government and defense.
2012
2012
Joint venture
Trelleborg and Freudenberg form a 50/50 joint venture in antivibration solutions for light and heavy vehicles, TrelleborgVibracoustic. The company is located close to Darmstadt, Germany and offers automakers across the globe the market’s best geographical coverage in terms of manufacturing and engineering and the most complete range of antivibration products and solutions.
2008
2008
Trelleborg is the world’s largest industrial rubber company.
Sales total approximately SEK 31 billion and the company employs around 24,000 people. Acquisition of American business MacDermid Offset Printing Blankets strengthens Trelleborg's leading position in the field of printing blankets, polymer-coated composite fabrics designed in several layers for use in commercial offset printing.
2006
2006
New acquisition makes Trelleborg a market leader
Acquire American Reeves Brothers Inc. and becomes a global leader in polymer-coated, high-precision material such as printing blankets. Acquisition of the CRP Group is completed. This makes Trelleborg a global market leader in polymer systems and solutions for the offshore oil and gas industry.
2005
2005
Celebrating 100 years
Trelleborg AB celebrates its centenary. The remainder of the Distribution sector is divested. Growth in the Industrial sector was primarily a result of three major acquisitions from UK-based companies: Invensys’ antivibration operations, Laird Group’s automotive components business and Smiths Group Plc’s operations within polymer-based precision seals. Trelleborg was now one of the world’s largest industrial rubber companies with production in some 100 plants in 40 countries. Sales totaled slightly more than SEK 24 billion, with a workforce totaling around 21,700 persons. 
2003
2003
Acquisition of Smiths Group Plc established Trelleborg Sealing Solutions business area
Acquisition of Smiths Group Plc's polymer-based precision seals business, which forms the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions business area. Trelleborg Group grows by 5.5 billion in sales and by 6,000 employees primarily in Europe and North America. 
1999
1999
Focus on industrial sector
A new strategic focus is launched. Operations are focused entirely on the industrial sector, which grows through major company acquisitions. All other operations are phased out.
1995
1995
Focus on rubber operations
The company is debt-free and there is broad scope for new investments. Emphasis is now placed on rubber operations, which expand strongly through company acquisitions.
1994
1994
New logo
The logotype is supplemented with three unfilled triangles, which symbolize the expansion of the group. Today they also represent the Group's four core values customer focus, performance, innovation and responsibility.
1991
1991
Streamlining Trelleborg AB
A dramatic turnabout takes place. Economic conditions worsen, metal prices plummet and the Swedish construction market collapses. An extensive streamlining program is initiated and large parts of operations are divested.
1983
1983
Expansions

The company grows from solely producing rubber products into an international conglomerate 20 times larger, in which mining and metal operations predominate, with rubber and plastics taking third place.

1970
1970
Rubber sales increases
The proportion of sales generated by industrial rubber products increases steadily. Production of car and truck tires is phased out in 1975 due to a costly transition to radial tires, overproduction and pressure on prices. Most bicycle-tire production is also phased out.
1962
1962
A leader passes away
Henry Dunker dies at age 92, leaving his fortune to a number of funds and foundations, which today control the majority of the voting rights in the company.

Read more about Trelleborg and the Dunker interests

1950
1950
Internationalization begins
Initially, a global network of agents is established, followed by proprietary companies abroad. The world’s first winter tire and Europe’s first tubeless tire are launched.
1939
1939
World War II entails readjusting to the production of war supplies and brings a new upswing.
1930
1930
Car tires and swimming rings

The development of motoring soon leads to car tires becoming the single largest product. Inflatable leisure articles, such as swimming rings, air mattresses and rubber boats also increase substantially.

1914
1914
Supporting Swedish defense forces
World War I boosts business. The rubber-production plant is prioritized as an essential wartime operation and production focuses entirely on meeting the needs of the Swedish defense forces.
1905
1905
Trelleborgs Gummifabriks AB is founded

Under the management of Henry Dunker, it rapidly becomes Scandinavia's leading rubber-production company, with bicycle and car tires, industrial rubber good and raincoats as its principal products. 

How it began
How it began