By Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg’s marine systems operation
I’m delighted to report that today, we completed the acquisition of Maritime International, Inc., a U.S. based company which specializes in the design and manufacture of fender systems and a number of other quay wall accessories. Maritime International also has the capability to design and fabricate a wide range of steel structures for the marine market.
As well as the obvious similarities and synergies between our product portfolios, the two companies are very closely aligned in terms of values. Both are committed to design and engineering excellence, with a particular focus on in-house expertise and customer support.
I’m looking forward to working closely with our new colleagues to share best practices and processes across both businesses, and continuing to deliver the highest quality products to our customers.
We recently opened our new American headquarters in Berryville, Virginia, and with our Houston office, the acquisition takes our sites in North America up to four, with Maritime’s head office and main manufacturing facility in Broussard, Louisiana, and a second quayside manufacturing facility in Port of Vermilion, Louisiana.
We’ve committed significant resource to the region in the past year, and the acquisition is just the latest step we’ve taken to allow us to better serve our customers here, as well as reinforcing Trelleborg’s leading position globally.
I’ll leave you with a few words from David LeBlanc, president at Maritime International. I’ve spent a lot of time with David in the lead up to the announcement, and look forward to continuing to work with him to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible for both our employees and our customers.
“We’ve built a strong reputation in North America, and now boosted by the financial strength of Trelleborg, we look forward to continuing to provide the excellent products and services that customers from both legacy companies have come to expect.”