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Trelleborg acquires Maine Industrial Tire

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Trelleborg AB, the Sweden-based parent company of Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas Inc., has signed an agreement to acquire Maine Industrial Tire LLC, a U.S.-based company specializing in solid tires, especially forklift tires.

The acquisition complements Trelleborg’s already strong presence and product portfolio in the segment, the company says. Maine Industrial Tire’s headquarters is in Massachusetts, while its production facilities are located in Pennsylvania and Xingtai (Hebei), China. Annual sales amount to approximately $92.1 million and approximately 650 people are employed in the company.

The bolt-on acquisition is part of Trelleborg’s continued strategy to strengthen its positions in attractive and profitable market segments. The transaction broadens Trelleborg’s product portfolio within the industrial tires segment, enabling Trelleborg to maintain its global leadership in the supply of solid tires.

“The acquisition strengthens our position as a global leader and a strong local business partner, not least in the world’s two largest industrial tires markets China and North America,” says Maurizio Vischi, business area president, Trelleborg Wheel Systems.

“The product range produced complements our existing offering within the industrial tires segment, focused on solid tires used in warehousing, logistic operations and airports. The acquired company has a highly attractive portfolio of advanced products and favorable profitability performance.“

In addition to solid tires for vehicles such as forklifts, the acquired company also develops and produces solid specialty tires for areas such as construction, underground mining and waste management. The facility in China is adjacent to the operation that Trelleborg acquired in the first quarter of 2011 from the Chinese subsidiary of Maine Industrial Tire. See Trelleborg meets demand with new China plant and Trelleborg acquires China plant from Maine Tire.

The acquisition is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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