Call for Greener to Mean Leaner

Mar 09, 2011, 08:51 ET from Trelleborg

MALMESBURY, England, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 8 out of 10 port owners, consultants and contractors claim to be faced by some pressure to use sustainable or 'green' materials when specifying port equipment.

The findings of the independent survey, revealed by Trelleborg Marine Systems in its freely available Barometer Report, highlight the growing pressure on major transport hubs to lower carbon emissions throughout the supply chain.

The Report indicates that consultants acting on behalf of ports, terminals and harbours face the biggest demands with 86% admitting to some, significant or constant pressure to prioritise green solutions.

Richard Hepworth, Managing Director of Trelleborg Marine Systems, says:

"The green lobby in the guise of legislators, carbon conscious clients and suppliers of new sustainable materials are a growing force. But the flip-side of the coin is the upfront cost premium, sometimes attached to these products, can be difficult to justify at a time when budgets are also under pressure.

"As the global economic recovery advances, specifiers will focus their attention towards longer term environmental aspirations, but suppliers must continue to demonstrate that greener means leaner. Only then will sustainable materials and equipment become the norm rather than a perceived extra."

Trelleborg's Barometer Report, which details a wide range of findings from the industry survey, is available now as a free download from:

About Trelleborg Marine Systems and Trelleborg Group

Trelleborg Marine Systems specialises in products and solutions for the safe berthing and mooring of ships within ports and harbours, on terminals and in waterways around the world. The company encompasses brands including Fentek, Seaward, Trellex and Harbour Marine.

Trelleborg is a global industrial group whose leading positions are based on advanced polymer technology and in-depth applications know-how. Trelleborg develops high-performance solutions that seal, damp and protect in demanding industrial environments. The Trelleborg Group had annual sales during 2010 of approximately SEK 27 billion, with about 20,000 employees in over 40 countries. The Group comprises four business areas: Trelleborg Engineered Systems, Trelleborg Automotive, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Wheel Systems. The Trelleborg share has been listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange since 1964 and is listed on the OMX Nordic List, Large Cap.

SOURCE Trelleborg