Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vessel Berthing Utility Company Relocates To Singapore

Trelleborg Move near to Production Line
Shipping News Feature

SINGAPORE – CHINA – Originally a Swedish company but now a household global brand, Trelleborg Marine Systems, producers of fendering, mooring and berthing systems, has relocated its headquarters to Singapore to be closer to its modern Singapore and China-based manufacturing facilities. The move will enable the closer integration of its sales and production capabilities. Trelleborg systems are used world wide to assist the berthing of all vessel types from container ships to oil tankers.

The relocation, which will see managing director, Richard Hepworth, move to Singapore, will give the company a global perspective while retaining its local presence and Trelleborg customers will continue to benefit from the close geographical proximity of its four regional hubs, which deliver global coverage, ensuring that the company has a local presence across its entire customer base. In addition, Trelleborg Marine Systems Melbourne will continue to provide docking and mooring solutions to ports and terminals with safety critical applications, including the LNG market.

Mr Hepworth commented on the move saying:

“We continue to invest heavily in not only product design but also compound and material development, ensuring that our products are leading the way in innovative berthing, docking and mooring solutions. The new headquarters will ensure that our sales and production functions have a close proximity to our R&D and manufacturing facilities, enabling both divisions to work closely together to continue developing solutions that meet the growing needs of our diverse customer base.”

Trelleborg have indeed invested heavily in the Asian market and in September last year opened a state of the art manufacturing facility in Qingdao, China, capable of producing the widest range of rubber fenders currently available in the market and sell under various brand names including Fentek, Seaward, Trellex and Harbour Marine. The photograph shows Trelleborg’s innovative parallel motion fender system.