Leading global manufacturer of polymer and syntactic foam-based solutions for the offshore oil & gas industry, Trelleborg, is to further enhance its manufacturing capabilities with the expansion of its factory in the U.K.
The multi-million pound, 3,750 meter square development of the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will see Trelleborg consolidate its two Skelmersdale-based facilities onto one site.
Alongside the expansion, Trelleborg will also upgrade its existing equipment to include new advanced polyurethane dispensing equipment and an upgrade of its current syntactic and static bending stiffener plant. New dynamic bending stiffener manufacturing equipment will also be built at the Skelmersdale site.
Operations Director at Trelleborg Offshore UK, Ray Cann, says: “The investment into our site in the U.K. demonstrates our long-standing commitment to servicing the growing offshore oil and gas industry.
“As the industry continues to move towards ever-more demanding subsea applications, it becomes even more essential that we are best placed to meet their growing demands, not only in terms of capacity, but in terms of developing innovative, cost-effective solutions that provide the upmost quality and performance.
“Not only will this investment provide a further boost to our ability to develop the next generation of new ground-breaking products for the offshore industry, it will help ensure we have the most advanced global manufacturing network possible, in order to service our increasingly multi-national customer base.”
The expansion and renovation of Trelleborg’s Skelmersdale manufacturing facility will be carried out by contractor, Globe Construction. The company secured the project through a tender process and will work with structural engineers, Clancy Consulting, and architects, Charter Design, on the design-and-build contract.
Ian Threadgold, director at Globe Construction, says: "Trelleborg really wanted to enhance its facility in order to ensure it was well equipped to increase output and meet future order levels as the offshore industry becomes even more demanding. As such, we worked closely with the team at Trelleborg to ensure that the new facility design was everything they needed to make this happen.
“Works will include a 3,716 square meter steel frame extension to an existing factory building, above and below ground drainage systems, external and internal doors, installation of all electrical requirements, internal finishes, heating and compressed air systems and extensive external works. We are confident that the finished facility will ensure Trelleborg is best placed for future growth in the offshore sector.”