BERRYVILLE, Va.—Trelleborg Marine Systems is expanding its capabilities and product line with the addition of a new test rig and a tug fender that uses a unique rubber compound.
An operating unit within the Trelleborg Offshore and Construction division of Trelleborg A.B., the business is building and installing the high speed test rig, capable of testing both rubber and polyurethane elastomer foam fenders, at its recently constructed Berryville facility.
It expects to have the test rig completed and operational in the second half of 2015, a spokeswoman said.
When finished, it will be the largest fender test rig in operation in the industry and capable of testing fenders up to the largest commercially available sizes, the company claimed.
“Amongst quality conscious customers, in the U.S. especially, there is a growing requirement for verification of fender performance through full scale, as well as materials, testing,” said Richard Hepworth, president of the marine operation.
He said the business unit has found that more American contracts require local testing, and the business wanted “to make sure we responded to this need quickly, with in-house capabilities to reassure our customers.”
While the test rig will be housed at the Berryville plant, the firm said Trelleborg's global marine network will have access to the new equipment, and customers will be able to view the testing of their fenders first hand at the site.