Leading global supplier
of immersed tunnel sealing systems, Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure
operation has announced that it is to begin producing its Gina Gasket locally
for the Chinese market, following the addition of a new manufacturing line at its
facility in Qingdao.
expansion of production capacity at Trelleborg’s Qingdao premises follows the
signing of a cooperation agreement with
China Communications Construction Company and
Guangzhou Salvage. This will see Trelleborg’s facilities in Ridderkerk,
in the Netherlands and Qingdao supply Gina Gaskets to various landmark projects
including the ShenZhong Link project in Guangdong Province, which once
completed will be the largest and widest immersed tunnel in the world.
Trelleborg’s Gina Gaskets are vital
components of the construction and will be used between the sectional elements of the ShenZhong Link’s
immersed tunnel. The gaskets prevent water ingress due to external water
pressure, geological sedimentation and structure displacement.
President of Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation, said: “The Qingdao facility has long supported the operation’s
commitment to developing innovative, cost-effective solutions that
efficiency and sustainability. Therefore, we are delighted
to launch the new Gina Gasket manufacturing line.
“China is home to
some of the largest and most demanding, and in some cases increasingly complex,
infrastructure projects across the globe. As such, expanding production
capacity in Qingdao ensures that we’re well placed to meet customer needs
across the region with feet
on the ground, local support and
superior turnaround times – often imperative for
Gina Gaskets have historically been designed and engineered at our Ridderkerk
facility. Now with the capability to produce these solutions in Qingdao, water
management projects across China can benefit from our long-standing Dutch
heritage, unrivaled knowledge and engineering expertise.”
Ridderkerk premises has designed and supplied tunnel sealing systems to projects
across China for the last 15 years and to almost all immersed tunnel projects across
the globe for over 60 years. Moving forward, the company’s Qingdao facility
will service the Chinese market, with Ridderkerk continuing to supply to other
parts of the world.
The new manufacturing line at Qingdao will
be officially launched at a ceremony held at the facility (December 14). During
the ceremony, leaders and experts from projects involving the Gina Gasket will witness
the production of the facility’s first-ever Gina Gasket.
Qingdao-based facility also supports the operation’s marine fender, marine
technology and infrastructure product areas across Chinese markets.
To find out more about Trelleborg’s tunnel
sealing systems, visit: www.trelleborg.com/en/marine-and-infrastructure/markets--and--applications/infrastructure/tunnels