RUTHERFORDTON, N.C.—Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics has significantly increased its capabilities and expanded its geographic reach in the last year, thanks primarily to recent acquisitions.
Equally important, it also has expanded organically, chiefly because of the continued development of its calendered product line that traces its roots back to a 2002 purchase of formulations and related know-how from Fairprene Inc.
The coated fabrics firm—which falls under Trelleborg Coated Systems, one of five business areas within Sweden-based Trelleborg A.B.—expanded most recently by adding Laminating Coating Technologies Inc. (Lamcotec) and Dartex Holdings Ltd. to its operations. Laminating Coating Technologies was acquired by Trelleborg A.B. on July 1 while Dartex Holdings was bought by the company in February.
Headquartered in Monson, Mass., Lamcotec manufactures polyurethane coated and laminated fabrics mainly used in the aerospace industry and the health care and medical sector.
Dartex, based in Long Eaton, England, broadens Trelleborg's engineered coated fabrics product line, the company said. With production plants in Long Eaton and North Smithfield, R.I., Dartex produces coated fabrics for the health care and medical markets.
Dario Porta, president of Trelleborg Coated Systems, said the addition of Lamcotec "complements us and fits in well with our strategy" to strengthen the company's position in attractive market segments.