Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Announces $7.3 Million Expansion of Life Sciences Facility

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trelleborg Sealing Solutions continues to broaden its global footprint in the North American life sciences industry with a $ 7.3 million expansion and relocation of its Hudson, Massachusetts, facility. The new manufacturing and development site located in Northborough, Massachusetts, will be in the same industrial park as Trelleborg's current Airframe Seals facility.

Scheduled to open first quarter 2013, the new facility will manufacture silicone products for original equipment manufacturers and end users in the life sciences industry, which includes pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology and patient care fields. It will also expand the precision liquid injection molding (LIM) capabilities utilizing liquid silicone rubber (LSR) and cleanroom production facilities. Like the Hudson plant, it will continue to be an FDA, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 registered facility, and will have an ISO class 7 and 8 cleanroom. The new facility will also be expanding its quality certification to include ISO 13485.

James Hederman, the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Product Manager for Life Sciences in North America, says the 43,000 square foot/ 3,995 square meter expansion will be a 40 percent increase over the existing facility. "It's not just expanding capacity, but also bringing expertise in liquid injection molding with liquid silicone rubber from our Switzerland facility to the U.S. Trelleborg's drive is to broaden its serviceability and product offering in North America.

"It will be one of our most technically advanced facilities, with full automation. This will allow current employees and potential new employees in the local community to be part of a growing market within a state-of-the-art facility.

"Having a strong presence in North America is critical," continues Hederman. "Much of the R&D within life sciences is brought to market via North America and the U.S. However, the need within the life sciences industry is global. As a result, Trelleborg has seen the need to have the most technically advanced international facilities to address this marketplace. We have facilities in Switzerland, China, Bulgaria and Spain."

Trelleborg, a global industrial group whose leading positions are based on advanced polymer technology and in-depth applications know-how, purchased SF Medical in 2005 and operations within Switzerland's Silcotech Group in 2011. Replicating LSR expertise worldwide gives global presence and capabilities for Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in the life sciences market.

Image: Advanced LSR capabilities are being expanded globally

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Information about Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Group

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is one of the world's leading developers, manufacturers and suppliers of precision seals. It supports its aerospace, industrial and automotive customers through over 20 production facilities and more than 40 marketing companies globally. Within its portfolio are some of the longest established sealing brands, including Busak+Shamban, Chase Walton, Dowty, Forsheda, GNL, Palmer Chenard, Shamban, Skega and Stefa along with a large number of proprietary products and materials such as Turcon Ò , Zurcon Ò , Orkot Ò , Isolast Ò , Stepseal Ò and Wills Rings Ò . www.tss.trelleborg.com

Trelleborg is a global industrial group whose leading positions are based on advanced polymer technology and in-depth applications know-how. Trelleborg develops high-performance solutions that seal, damp and protect in demanding industrial environments. The Trelleborg Group has annual sales of about SEK 22 billion, with about 15,500 employees in over 40 countries. The Group comprises three business areas: Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, Trelleborg Wheel Systems, and Trelleborg Engineered Systems. In addition, Trelleborg owns 50 percent of TrelleborgVibracoustic, a global leader within antivibration solutions for light and heavy vehicles, with annual sales of SEK 13 billion and about 8 000 employees in over 17 countries. The Trelleborg share has been listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange since 1964 and is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic List, Large Cap. www.trelleborg.com

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