David was one of the first inventors of an additive manufacturing technology, which he called ballistic particle manufacturing, now referred to as direct jetting and directed energy. When advanced thermoplastic composites became available in the 1980s, David and a team of experts combined Automated Fiber Placement with thermoplastic composite materials, developing in-situ consolidation (ISC); a process used daily to manufacture Trelleborg’s world class thermoplastic composites.
Frost and Sullivan's India Manufacturing Excellence Award recognizes companies at the forefront of Industry 4.0 adoption, and evaluates manufacturing capability, extended supply chain reliability, and technology adoption.
Trelleborg's award is in the category of Engineering Sector, Medium Business. This is the third time that the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions facility in Bengaluru has been participating in the competition, receiving a Silver and Gold Certificate of Merit in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
Sudha was inspired to create this platform because of the support she received in her own life growing up.
For the inaugural event of the Women Influencers program, seven women in the manufacturing, technology, and supply chain industry participated in a virtual panel discussion about how to bridge the gap in their fields, particularly in aerospace. The discussion explored the panelists’ leadership philosophies and their views on gender diversity and inclusiveness in manufacturing, technology, and supply chain roles.
On October 8, 2021, Trelleborg Group, through its business area Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, signed an agreement and finalized the acquisition of the privately owned US-based VB Seals Inc. The company specializes in the distribution of polymer seals such as O-Rings, hydraulic seals, diaphragms, and specialty kitting for original equipment manufacturers in several industries, including agriculture.
The acquisition increases Trelleborg’s presence in the Midwestern United States. This bolt-on acquisition is part of Trelleborg’s strategy to strengthen its positions in attractive market segments.
A proud history
Owner of VB Seals, Jim Van Bergen, started the business from his basement in 1990 and it grew and evolved to include a large global footprint with a team of very knowledgeable employees.
On June 7, 2021, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of its new, highly automated European Service Center in Stuttgart-Gärtringen. Completion of the building, which boasts a sustainable and modern work environment, along with an intralogistics automation system to streamline logistics processes, is scheduled for April 2023.
Expanding Our Service Portfolio
New services for enhancing Trelleborg Sealing Solutions products are at the heart of the new European Service Center. These include industry-specific solutions, such as cleanroom handling for the semiconductor and healthcare & medical industries, sub-assembly for the fluid power and off-highway industries, and nano-strength coatings for the food, beverage & water industry. Various quality assurance processes complete the portfolio, and the space can be expanded as needed to accommodate further growth.
New Cleanroom Capabilities
The existing Logistics Center in Stuttgart-Gärtringen already includes a cleanroom. This offers customers a secure supply and more flexibility in delivery times. It compliments cleanrooms in our manufacturing sites by ensuring that quality and cleanliness requirements are met, not only in production, but through the entire supply chain. Upon building completion, the cleanroom will move into the new European Service Center.
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions received the Festo Supplier Elite Award 2020. Even in challenging times, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has been a proven partner, Festo says.
Carsten Stehle, Chairman of the Management Board of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in Germany, commented: "We are proud of this recognition. Festo demands the highest standards of quality, delivery reliability and price - this fits in well with our philosophy. We would like to thank the tireless efforts of our employees and look forward to many more years of partnership with Festo."
Festo, a manufacturer of pneumatic and electric automation technology, honors its top suppliers every year with the Supplier Elite Award. Evaluation focuses on quality of goods, delivery reliability, service in the event of issues, and communication between Festo and the supplier.
One organization that SmilingFaces supported this year is OneDollarGlasses, which provides children in need with sturdy, affordable eyeglasses. Trained members of the community manage the production, sale and fitting of the glasses. In this way, the OneDollarGlasses Association creates sustainable structures for basic optical care in the project countries. With this year’s donation, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions financed 2,400 OneDollarGlasses in Bolivia.
Linda Muroski, President of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Marketing Americas and Global Healthcare & Medical, has been named one of Industry Era's ten most inspiring women leaders of 2021.
Since joining Trelleborg in 2016, Linda has championed diversity, fostered collaboration, and empowered her team. Under her direction, the business has experienced increased employee accountability and satisfaction and improved business results.
“Linda’s attitude and approach to her work at Trelleborg is reflective of our company strategy for growth,” says Peter Hahn, Business Area President of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.
“She understands that collaboration across business units is key and that it’s necessary to trust each other to do our best work. I’ve seen Linda ‘walk the talk’ and lead real change, which is why the team has been so successful under her leadership.”
Congratulations to Linda!
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions launched the IntelliStok® automated inventory management system in the United States and Canada in February 2021.
This latest ServicePLUS innovation simplifies C-part inventory management by eliminating the need to manually check and scan Kanban-based inventory items. IntelliStok® senses when inventory bins are empty and automatically sends replenishment orders to Trelleborg, making restocking easier than ever. Realtime inventory tracking enables customers to right-size their inventory levels and reduce their investment in C-part stock.
In today’s environment, this touch-free inventory management system also improves employee safety and delivers further efficiency by eliminating the hand-held scanner required by similar systems. No scanner means no opportunity to spread germs and no sanitizing needed between uses. And unlike other advanced delivery options, wireless IntelliStok® seamlessly integrates into Kanban systems without requiring modification to existing equipment.
Trelleborg will launch Seals-Shops for fluid power, and food, beverage and water in Q2 2021, for selected North American customers.
Up first is the Fluid Power Seals-Shop, which will simplify the procurement process by providing 24/7 access to online ordering of seals and wear rings critical to the function of hydraulic components in fluid power applications.
The new e-commerce site will enable selected North American Fluid Power customers to access online invoice payment, complete order history, order shipment tracking, product search functionality and more.
The launch of the food, beverage and water Seals-Shop in the US will follow shortly. Also coming later this year, Trelleborg plans to expand the Chemical Transportation Seals-Shop, which launched in 2020, to include additional products, enabling more customers to purchase from the site.