Trelleborg strengthens its presence in Brazil and its position in printing blankets and oil hoses

Today, Trelleborg inaugurates two operations in Brazil, co-located in one facility in Santana de Parnaíba, outside São Paulo. The facility will develop and produce printing blankets for the graphics industry as well as oil hoses for surface and deep-sea applications used in offshore oil and gas extraction. Printing blankets are used for offset printing on, for example, packaging material. Oil hoses transport such products as crude oil, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and other chemicals in offshore environments. Both operations are included in the Trelleborg Engineered Systems business area. The facilities form part of Trelleborg’s strategy to grow in selected, attractive and profitable markets and market segments.

“In just a brief period, we have steadily created a stronger platform for local presence and growth in the graphics industry in Latin America and the U.S. We are the first manufacturer of printing blankets in Brazil to maintain a global presence. The acquisition of the Printec printing blanket business also makes us the leading player in printing blankets in Latin America,” says President and CEO, Peter Nilsson.

“The robustly expanding offshore industry in Brazil justifies the investments in the country. Our sales to the oil and gas industry in Brazil have been significant for some time now. This new facility will consolidate our globally strong position in oil hoses by establishing local production and proximity to our customers in the country. Trelleborg is also the first manufacturer in Brazil with a global presence in this field,” concludes Peter Nilsson.

The inauguration on October 9 will be attended by guests from all over the world, including local and regional government officials, Sweden’s ambassador to Brazil, Magnus Robach, customers, as well as management and personnel from Trelleborg.

Trelleborg has several production facilities in Brazil: in Macaé, Santana de Parnaíba and São José dos Campos. These facilities produce a wide range of Trelleborg’s specially manufactured polymer technology-based products and solutions, such as buoyancy products for offshore oil and gas, oil hoses, printing blankets and precision seals for the aerospace and light vehicles industries, general industry and offshore. In addition, there are several sales offices to effectively cultivate the local markets. Trelleborg has about 400 employees in Brazil and annual sales are estimated to amount to approximately SEK 700 M. Furthermore, TrelleborgVibracoustic, the joint venture in antivibration solutions for light and heavy vehicles, owns facilities in Guarulhos and Taubaté. These operations have sales of about SEK 1,000 M and approximately 800 employees.