Trelleborg to demonstrate its innovation at OTC

EXHIBITION PREVIEW: 2012 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), Booth 5217, April 30-May 3, Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. Emphasizing its product and material engineering focus, Trelleborg will give six presentations on up-to-the-minute topics at the company’s booth during the show. Further details will be given closer to the event.

Precision seals and bearing

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is one of the world’s leading developers, manufacturers and suppliers of precision seals and bearings. Trelleborg’s sealing systems for the oil and gas industries are designed to cope with high-pressure, chemically hostile environments. Its products include O-Rings, gaskets, hydraulic seals, rotary shaft seals, static seals, oil seals and pneumatic seals. Trelleborg Sealing Solutions will officially release its comprehensive, all-new Oil & Gas Product Catalog & Engineering Guide at the conference. Image shows Variseal®, a seal commonly used in oil & gas applicaitions.

Field proven large-bore bonded hose

Trelleborg Oil & Marine Hoses is a leading supplier of innovative and field proven large-bore bonded hoses for crude oil, chemicals, LPG and LNG marine transfer solutions. The company provides full service worldwide through the whole life cycle of the product – engineering studies, delivery of complete solutions (hoses and ancillary equipment), on-site supervision and recommendations for installation, maintenance and repairs.

Superior engineered solutions

Trelleborg Offshore provides superior engineered solutions including buoyancy, over bend and drop protection as well as rubber fire protection, suppression and containment products for the most demanding applications from surface to seabed. It has the largest and most advanced syntactic foam manufacturing facility in the world and produces a range of syntactic foam products including distributed buoyancy modules, ROV buoyancy modules, mooring buoys and drilling riser buoyancy modules. The over bend and drop protection product range includes bend restrictors, stiffeners and Uraduct®.

About OTC, Houston: Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference and exhibition is the premier global event for the development of offshore resources in the oil and natural gas industry, including drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. Each year, some 60,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibiting companies from 110 countries participate.

Investments continue in Brazil

Local presence supports growth
Global engineering group Trelleborg continues to make significant investment into the Brazilian market, creating a platform for local presence and growth across a wide selection of industries. Existing, recently established and acquired facilities will be joined by Trelleborg’s latest investments in new state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities for printing blankets and offshore equipment. The region is of high priority for Trelleborg and will be a focus for future growth initiatives.

A hotbed of activity

President and CEO at Trelleborg, Peter Nilsson, commented, “With markets such as oil & gas, infrastructure, agriculture, mining and graphics all growing at a rapid rate, Brazil has quickly become a hotbed of activity for a number of our business areas. As such, we’ve made a group commitment to increase our presence and customer support in this key region.

“Our investments, including the opening of new manufacturing facilities across the county, will continue to bring us closer to the action in our chosen market sectors, as well as to our existing customer base and prospects. On-the-ground production and technical support, something our customers have come to know and expect from the Trelleborg brand, will expand.”

New facilities opening

Located in Brazil’s major oil hub, the coastal city of Macaé, approximately 200 kilometers/112 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, the new Trelleborg Offshore facility will manufacture Trelleborg Offshore’s complete product portfolio, including a wide range of polymer-based solutions for offshore topside and subsea oil and gas exploration. Official opening of the facility is planned for February 2012. Brazil is anticipated to be the world’s largest subsea offshore oil/gas market in 2013/2014 and Trelleborg is moving ahead to be in pole position for this development.
The new Trelleborg Printing Blankets facility is located in Santana de Parnaiba, near São Paulo. Trelleborg will invest in production capacity during 2011 and 2012. It is anticipated that production will begin gradually by the first half of 2012 under the brand names Vulcan® and Rollin® to strengthen the company’s already leading position in the region’s printing blanket market.

Adding to a strong presence

These new facilities add to Trelleborg’s already strong presence in Brazil. Last year, through its Trelleborg Engineered Systems business area, Trelleborg acquired a business that focuses on specially designed oil hoses for surface and deep-sea applications located in Santana de Parnaiba. Trelleborg Printing Blankets will be co-located alongside this facility.

Trelleborg Wheel Systems has several sales offices in the country, with its main ones in the São Paulo area supporting agriculture, with high-end tires designed specifically for the well-deployed and large agriculture sectors like soy beans, corn and sugar cane, and supporting the growing forklift sector. The state of São Paulo is also home to the Trelleborg Wheel Systems headquarters for Latin America, while Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has a manufacturing facility and sales office in São José dos Campos.

Growth ambitions

A sector which is anticipated for further growth in South America is automotive. Trelleborg Automotive has a major facility in the strategic location of Guarulhos and is well positioned to supply the increasing demand in Brazil. Looking to the future, this Trelleborg facility will belong to a joint venture Trelleborg is planning with another company.

Peter Nilsson continued, “We have strong growth ambitions for Brazil and the country is quickly becoming an increasingly important market for our business and we will soon have more than 1,000 employees across our various businesses in the region, and thanks to the continued and dedicated investment that is being made by the organization, the outlook is excellent.”span

Isolast for extreme conditions in oil and gas field

Isolast® J9510 and J9512, two compounds from the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions proprietary line of perfluoroelastomer (FFKM) materials, have been custom designed to operate in the harsh environment of oil and gas processing. 

Offer real benefits to customers in the oil and gas field

Formulated for chemical compatibility, Isolast® J9510 performs exceptionally well in high-pressure environments. It’s also recommended for explosive decompression resistance (EDR). For applications in aggressive chemicals, Isolast® J9512 exhibits excellent resistance to high-temperature steam and concentrated acids.

“Both J9510 and J9512 offer real benefits to our customers in the oil and gas field,” says Eric Bucci, Oil & Gas Segment Manager for Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Americas. “Our goal in engineering and developing new materials is two-fold: seal reliability for safety and extended service life. With these two compounds, you can be assured of both.”

Ideally suited to tough conditions

Isolast® J9510 is compatible with virtually all chemicals and is thermally stable from +14°F/-10°C to +482°F/+250°C. It has independent approval from the Shell test protocol for EDR. Isolast® J9512 is resistant to concentrated acids at elevated temperatures, with a range from +23°F/-5°C to +500°F/+260°C. Both materials are available in standard and non-standard O-Rings, custom-molded designs and bonded products.

“In oil and gas applications, traditional sealing solutions are limited due to extreme environments,” says Bucci. “Seals are not only in contact with aggressive media such as crude oil, natural gas, sour gases, carbon dioxide, acids, steam, seawater, hydrogen sulfide and anticorrosion chemicals, but are also subject to damage caused through explosive decompression.”