Trelleborg Transfers US Capacity to Sri Lanka
“By doing this, we are creating the conditions for a strong global production structure in Wheel Systems,” says Maurizio Vischi, business area president. “This enables us to remain competitive and grow the business organically. The measures will improve our profitability and position in the North American market, where we are currently also building an efficient sales and distribution organization.” In Hartville, industrial tyres are manufactured for material-handling vehicles such as forklifts. The unit has about 200 employees, of whom about 115 are involved in production. The production will be transferred to Sri Lanka from 2008. Production in Hartville is expected to continue until the first quarter of 2009. Subsequently, there will continue to be resources in sales, technical service and distribution in North America. Trelleborg Wheel Systems currently has two plants in Sri Lanka, in Kelaniya and Biyagama, outside Colombo. The units have approximately 900 employees. “We have conducted business successfully in Sri Lanka for many years, and with this investment, we are improving the operations further,” says Maurizio Vischi.
“The investment in extended production capacity will involve upgraded production and enhanced efficiency, and we expect to handle the additional volume within the framework of the current workforce.” The investment in production in Sri Lanka amounts to about 100 million Swedish krone, of which a large portion is attributable to the production transfer. The cost of the closure and relocation of production from Hartville is expected to amount to about 30 million krone before tax, most of which will mainly affect cash flow in 2007. The positive earnings effect is estimated to amount to about 35 million krone before tax on an annual basis, with full impact from the third quarter of 2009. Costs and investments related to the transfer of production are expected to have a payback time of less than three years, while this will also create a better strategic position for the future. The Hartville plant is also TWS’s US headquarters.