Trelleborg inaugurates “Polyurethane Center of Excellence” in the UK
On 9 March 2017, Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation inaugurated its new purpose built facility in Retford, UK, further enhancing its polyurethane manufacturing capabilities. The new facility will be a Center of Excellence for Trelleborg’s diversified polyurethane component manufacturing, bringing together experience, innovation and technology under one roof.
Ulf Berghult, Chief Financial Officer, Trelleborg Group, and Councillor Jim Anderson, Bassetlaw District Council, took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the facility. Anderson said: “Bassetlaw is fast becoming a home for some of the most innovative, diverse and successful international companies, and as an authority we are thrilled that Trelleborg has chosen Retford in which to expand its business. The Council’s Regeneration and Investment Team have worked closely with Trelleborg prior to and during the planning stages to ensure that this Center of Excellence is based in Bassetlaw and, as industry leaders in a number of different fields, including polyurethane manufacturing, we wish Trelleborg continued success.”
Berghult said: “By combining our local expertise from several Trelleborg facilities in the area into one, we will reduce our footprint and environmental impact on the local area. Our investment into this facility demonstrates our long-standing commitment to accelerating performance for our customers both locally and globally.”
Ray Cann, Managing Director for Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation in Retford, commented: “It is essential that we are best placed to meet the growing demands of our customers, not only in terms of capacity, but in terms of developing innovative, cost-effective solutions that provide the upmost quality and performance. We are now located in a modern facility with expanded capabilities and services. By heavily investing in the upgrade of our existing equipment we will be able to develop a next generation of new ground-breaking products and will ensure we continue to provide industry-leading solutions that guarantee peace of mind.”
The opening ceremony was attended by local dignitaries, senior management from Trelleborg Group and its applied technologies operation, as well as all employees.
The facility in Retford consolidates four sites; one in Retford, two in Coventry and one in Knaresborough, into a single facility. The 7,225 m2 facility will manufacture the current product portfolio of Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation.