Annual Report Summary 2018

We seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments

Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Trelleborg’s work on small, everyday operational improvements has generated results. Both our EBIT and EBIT margin were the highest ever for the Group for a full year. The balance sheet is not restricting the Group’s flexibility and cash flow remains healthy.

Interview with the CEO

“I believe that our continuous improvement over the past ten years demonstrates that our strategy is working.”

Full interview (PDF)

The Group in brief – Growth and Better Earnings

In 2018, the Trelleborg Group had annual sales of SEK 34,005 million had operations in about 50 countries with a total of 24,045 employees. The Group comprises five business areas: Trelleborg Coated Systems, Trelleborg Industrial Solutions, Trelleborg Offshore & Construction, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Wheel Systems. 

Bar chart of net sales
Bar chart of sales growth
Bar chart of EBIT

1) Excluding items affecting comparability.
2) Continuing operations, excluding items affecting comparability.


Trelleborg as an investment 

Trelleborg is working continuously to create value for all its stakeholders. For those who have already, and those who are considering, an investment in  Trelleborg, there are a number of factors that form the basis for the Group’s value creation.

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Global trends support business focus

Trelleborg operates in selected market segments where the Group has the potential to achieve favorable profitability and leading positions. Global trends such as urbanization, population growth and increased transportation benefit Trelleborg’s choice of segments and support the focus on products and solutions for better sustainability.

Continuous optimization of portfolio and processes

Trelleborg’s continuous efforts to improve its geographic balance, optimize its portfolio, improve structures and strive for Excellence have yielded consistent and strong results, even in years with lower growth.



Strong position and value creation built on applications expertise

Trelleborg’s strong positions with engineered products and solutions are the result of in-depth applications expertise that reflects customers’ needs and play a critical role in their applications. The Group is characterized by far-reaching delegation of responsibilities and powers and encourages rapid decisions.

Balanced earnings and strong cash flow

Trelleborg operates in market segments with a favorable balance between early and late cyclical industry, thus providing balanced earnings. The Group’s   strong cash flow allows it to maintain a high rate of acquisitions and favorable dividends in parallel with facilitating organic growth.

Donut chart of Trelleborg Groups net sales 2018

Enhanced market exposure 

Trelleborg endeavors to maintain an exposure toward market segments that as a whole have a favorable balance between early and late cyclical industry, meaning general as well as capital-intensive industry, the demand from which often balances each other out.

The Group’s exposure to various market segments has changed over time. Previously, the automotive industry accounted for a significant share of Trelleborg’s sales, but the Group has now achieved a better balance in relation to its market exposure.

Business Areas 

The Group comprises five business areas: Trelleborg Coated Systems, Trelleborg Industrial Solutions, Trelleborg Offshore & Construction, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Wheel Systems. 

Sustainability 

Aiming to become world class in sustainability entails a number of things for us. It includes understanding the company’s role in society and acting responsibly in the areas where we directly or indirectly can make a difference – regulatory compliance, resources, social engagement and diversity.

With our products and solutions for sustainability, Trelleborg creates long-term value for our shareholders as well as for society.

Trelleborg’s products and solutions improve sustainability for customers and for society in general. They protect in a number of ways what is important, such as the environment, people, infrastructure and other assets. They save energy, cut emissions and protect the soil. They contribute to good health. They reduce noise and vibrations, creating a quieter and more comfortable work environment. They extend the service life of community infrastructure, such as bridges, tunnels and skyscrapers.