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Monthly Archives: August 2015


By Richard Hepworth, President of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation

Surveying the market with our annual Barometer Report – we have gained some great insights in to the challenges facing our industry today – as well as a historic benchmark to compare findings to.

However, to delve deeper into the current state of the port environment, and the opportunities arising for facilities looking to take steps toward more strategic investment and supplier support, we’ve launched two new 15-minute webinars.

As part of a four-part series, I host the first webinar, discussing the current situation facing ports globally, how ports are performing and the obstacles that facilities worldwide must overcome to best prepare and protect themselves for the future.

This covers the impact of tactical, purchase cost-led procurement, the need for existing facilities to keep pace with increasing vessel sizes, the implications of increasingly stringent environmental regulations and the emergence of new technologies.

While the industry faces something of a ‘perfect storm’ of challenges, there are also opportunities arising for facilities to take advantage of anticipated increased spending power, by spending strategically and increasing lifecycle value. This provides the basis for the second webinar in the series, which features Paul Welling, Regional President of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation in the U.S.

Welling highlights the need for strategic investment in a new supply chain model, coupled with a renewed focus on whole life costs, in order to drive up quality throughout the supply chain.

To watch the new webinars, visit:

Episode one: The Current Port Environment

Episode two: The Opportunity that’s Arising