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Trelleborg in China MOU

(l-r) Shen Ming Da, board chairman of THCC, and Richard Hepworth, president of Trelleborg’s marine business, at the MOU signing (l-r) Shen Ming Da, board chairman of THCC, and Richard Hepworth, president of Trelleborg’s marine business, at the MOU signing

Trelleborg has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Third Harbor Consultants Company (THCC), a subsidiary of the state-owned China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), which will see the firms work together on the development of new marine technologies to support China’s ports.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The deal will also see THCC trial AutoMoor, Trelleborg’s rope-free automated mooring system, as part of a number of different port upgrade projects, to provide data that will enable comparisons to be made between mooring analysis and actual site performance.

“Vessel sizes are becoming larger, competition is increasing and broader alliances between shipping lines are being established. These factors combine to put increased pressure on ports and terminals,” said Richard Hepworth, president of Trelleborg’s marine systems operation.

“Our industry is famously conservative, but change is coming quickly. There will be a need for more collaboration, as different stakeholders have different strengths. This will make partnerships throughout the supply chain and across industries critical.”

“Strategically, this is what both we and THCC are already doing. Collaborating to further innovation and enable improvements for our ports and vessels. The Chinese market is incredibly important to Trelleborg. We look forward to working closely with THCC and learning more from them about where our product development should focus in order to best meet the needs of China’s world class ports as they continue to evolve.”

AutoMoor forms part of and Trelleborg’s SmartPort portfolio, a technology platform that connects port operations and aims to provide a standardised way to collect and store data, allowing users to analyse asset performance.{/mprestriction}

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