Stuttgart, Germany – Trelleborg Sealing Solutions (TSS) will officially inaugurate its new headquarters and R&D centre in Stuttgart in September, the company announced 21 Aug.
The new facility increases TSS’ R&D space by 50% to around 3,000 square metres, and includes a 300-square-metre showroom where the department displays its product innovation capabilities.
In addition to innovation in products and materials, the centre will also increase analytical and technical capabilities of TSS, according to Konrad Saur, director global R&D at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.
The unit includes laboratories for analytical equipment and measurement, innovation and prototype facilities, as well as a big test area with a fully-equipped tool room and a materials laboratory, Trelleborg added.
The capabilities will range from standard mechanical testing to material analytics. These include thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), digital scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy.
“With such capabilities working in combination, complex problems can be assessed and brought to resolution rapidly,” Saur added.
With the integrated format of the facility, no time is lost shipping samples from lab to lab, while turnaround times and iterative assessment are possible due to the colocation of cross-functional competencies.
“These capabilities support material and product development efforts, fundamental research of sealing designs and interactions in sealing systems,” he added.
According to Saur, one of the main service expectations from TSS is customer and field problems resolution, and the new unit is expected to particularly help that area.
The new centre is also home to the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions global headquarters, its German headquarters and some global support departments for the business area.