Dec 12 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
A MANUFACTURING company celebrated the official opening of the extension of its manufacturing facility in Skelmersdale last week.
The Trelleborg factory has been expanded by 4,150 square metres, creating up to 50 new jobs which have been filled by local engineers and project managers.
The new facility houses operations such as thermal insulation that was previously completed locally at Paxton Place.
A ceremony took place at the company’s facility in Skelmersdale last Thursday,
Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Iain Ashcroft, and Mayoress, Mrs Beverley Ashcroft, announced the factory extension officially open, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling of a commemorative plaque.
Alan Burgess, managing director of the UK offshore operation of Trelleborg Offshore & Construction, opened the ceremony with a welcome speech.
This was followed by a speech by Fredrik Meuller, president of Trelleborg Offshore and Construction.
After the close of the ceremony, media and other guests were invited to tour the facility with the Mayor and Trelleborg’s senior management.
Ray Cann, operations director of Trelleborg’s facility in Skelmersdale, says: “The opening of our new extension was an important milestone for Trelleborg. Not only has it enabled us to recruit numerous new employees, locally, it has also increased production in the area.
“We’ve had a number of prestigious new projects coming into the Skelmersdale manufacturing site, and with the significant number of new local appointments coupled with the state-of-the-art facility; we are all set for the success to continue. The ceremony was a great way to celebrate the development and we were very pleased with the outcome.’’
Trelleborg Offshore specialises in the development and production of polymer and syntactic foam based seismic, marine, buoyancy, cable protection and thermal insulation products, as well as rubber-based passive and active fire protection solutions for the offshore industry.
Trelleborg has been providing solutions to the industry for 30 years.
During the opening ceremony, Trelleborg also held a screening of its film on the recent Northern Cyprus Water Supply Project – a water pipe installed between Turkey and Cyprus to deliver much needed drinking water.
Instead of placing the pipeline along the seabed some 1,400 meters below the surface, engineers have opted to use a more innovative solution – a suspended pipe.
Held up by Trelleborg’s huge syntactic foam buoys, the line is kept afloat at a depth of 250 meters meaning the pipe will not be affected by water pressure and won’t interfere with shipping movements.