SOURCE: Chase-Walton

October 27, 2005 08:00 ET

Chase-Walton Acquired by Global Industrial Group Trelleborg

Swedish-Based Company Targets Growth Potential in Aerospace and Medical Markets

HUDSON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 27, 2005 -- Chase-Walton Elastomers, a leading designer, developer and fabricator of silicone elastomer components, announced today the acquisition of their business by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions US, Inc., a division of Swedish conglomerate Trelleborg.

"Through this acquisition, Chase-Walton and its division, SF Medical, will be building on its current strengths in the market with the backing of one of the world's leading industrial groups with 21,000 employees in 40 countries and annual sales of $3.0 billion," said Chase-Walton Chairman and Owner, James C. Walton.

According to Walton, the results from this acquisition will benefit Chase-Walton's Aerospace and Healthcare customers as the company continues to uphold its reputation in providing outstanding customer service, robust R&D capabilities and delivery of high-quality products in a short lead time. Telleborg will continue to operate Chase-Walton and SF Medical's manufacturing plants in Hudson, MA with all of its personnel and its solid client relationships.

"We will be quickly integrated fully with Trelleborg Sealing Solutions' existing global operations and our customers can expect business-as-usual with no disruption of service," said Tim Pryce, who will remain as president of the organization. "Additionally, we can expect to see significant growth potential, now that we have the vast array of resources from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions."

Telleborg's primary objective in acquiring Chase-Walton was not only for its interest in expanding operations in the US but also for Chase-Walton's excellent track record of providing its customers with outstanding products and services in industrial markets, specifically aerospace, medical technology and biotech industries.

"With the acquisition of Chase-Walton, we are strengthening our position in important market segments with favorable growth potential," said Claus Barsoe, president of the Trelleborg Sealing Solution division. "We are also expanding our coverage in the US Market. Chase-Walton has in-depth expertise and experience in silicone technology and its operations complement and extend our product portfolio in an excellent manner."

About Chase-Walton

Chase-Walton, founded in 1955, offers a complete design, development, and fabrication solution of silicone elastomer components for major aerospace and healthcare manufacturers. In integrating over 50 years of design capability, material knowledge, and collaborating with our customers, SF Medical excels at providing cost-effective, short-lead time and excellent quality products. Through continuous improvement, the company's mission is to build long-term customer focused relationships. SF Medical maintains consistently high finished product quality levels as approved, certified and registered to ISO 9001 standards, national standards ANSI/ASQC Q9002-1994, SAE AS9000 1997-05, 14 CFR Part 21.

About Trelleborg Sealing Solutions

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is a leading global supplier of high-quality precision seals for industrial applications. The business area has annual sales of approximately $668 million USD and some 5,700 employees. Its head office is located in Stuttgart, Germany and production units are located in Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, India, Italy, Japan, Malta, Mexico, Poland, Sweden, the UK and the US.

About Trelleborg

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 has annual sales of approximately SEK 23 billion, with about 22,000 employees in 40 countries. The Group comprises five business areas: Trelleborg Automotive, Trelleborg Wheel Systems, Trelleborg Engineered Systems, Trelleborg Building Systems and Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. The Trelleborg share has been quoted on the A list of the Stockholm Stock Exchange since 1964. www.trelleborg.com

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