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Designed for large O-Rings and other seal profiles over 20 in., FlexiMold(TM) giant seals eliminate risks associated with spliced O-Rings, and demonstrate full visual and dimensional integrity of molded seal. They can be produced in almost infinite diameters, and allow for zero defect quality policy.



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Trelleborg Introduces Giant FlexiMold(TM) Seals in Infinite Dimensions



Premium Quality Seals Eliminate Expense and Time Investment of Mold Setup

Ft. Wayne, IN - April 30, 2007 - Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, a worldwide leading supplier of high-quality sealing and bearing systems, today introduces FlexiMold(TM), utilizing newly developed technology in the manufacture of high precision, large diameter O-Rings and other seals. FlexiMold(TM) giant seals are of superior quality to those fabricated as spliced seals or from extruded cord and demonstrate the full visual and dimensional integrity of a molded product. Without a dedicated tooling requirement, this flexible setup minimizes costs and lead-times.

"The development of our precision FlexiMold(TM) seal will open up new opportunities for the end user, adding to our current portfolio of products. This new capacity allows extremely flexible development of O-rings, we can now produce almost any diameter or length of continuous cord," stated Jerome Zawada, Medical and Life Sciences Segment Manager." FlexiMold(TM) is a new proprietary technology specifically developed by Trelleborg for manufacture of large O-Rings and other seal profiles. With most seals being made to the customer's specifications, there is the flexibility to sample before considering a large dedicated mold investment. The FlexiMold(TM) process eliminates the risks associated with spliced O-Rings, ensuring the tolerances and functional integrity of a molded seal.

Large O-Rings and seals are used across all process industries including Chemical and Hydrocarbon, Pharmaceutical, Food and Beverage, with the production of flat panel displays for the Electronics industry being a major application. The conventional method of producing large diameter O-Rings and seals is by splicing extruded cord. However, inherent in this method of fabrication is a weakness at the join, along with poor surface finish and difficulty in achieving tight tolerances. Alternatively, a dedicated tool is required with its associated high investment and long lead-time.

The FlexiMold(TM) process is recommended for O-Rings and other seal profiles over 500 mm/ 20 inches and can be produced in almost infinite diameters. Meeting ISO standards and allowing for 'zero defect' quality policy, these are among the best of Trelleborg's premium seal portfolio. FlexiMold(TM) giant O-Rings are available in a wide range of elastomers including Isolast® FFKM, Resifluor(TM) High Performance Fluoroelastomers, FKM, EPDM and HNB.

About Trelleborg

Trelleborg is a global industrial group whose leading positions are based on advanced polymer technology and in-depth applications know-how. Trelleborg develops high-performance solutions that seal, damp and protect in demanding industrial environments. The Trelleborg Group has annual sales of approximately $2.5 Billion, with about 23,000 employees in 40 countries. The Group comprises four business areas: Trelleborg Engineered Systems, Trelleborg Automotive, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Wheel Systems.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is one of the world's leading developers, manufacturers and suppliers of precision seals. They support their industrial, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, and chemical customers through 30 production facilities and more than 40 marketing companies globally. Within their portfolio are some of the longest established sealing brands, including Dowty, Forsheda, Palmer Chenard, Shamban, Skega and Stefa along with a large number of proprietary products and materials such as Turcon®, Zurcon®, Orkot®, Isolast®, Stepseal®, and Wills Rings®.

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