Sale of Dartex to Trelleborg

Birmingham based advisers, Cattaneo, have advised on the cross border sale of Dartex, which has operations in the UK and the US, to Swedish headquartered Trelleborg.

Trelleborg has, through its business area Trelleborg Coated Systems, acquired Dartex Holdings Limited. Dartex has its head office and a production facility in Long Eaton, England. It has another production facility in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, U.S. The sale of Dartex broadens Trelleborg’s offering and strengthens it’s position as a premium supplier of engineered coated fabrics. Trelleborg Coated Systems is based in Milan, Italy, with the Trelleborg Group head office located in Sweden

Dartex specialises in the design and manufacture of coated fabrics primarily for the healthcare & medical industry and is a world leader in coated fabrics for pressure injury prevention. It also serves customers with high performance outdoor apparel and linings for sewer rehabilitation.

Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative engineered solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way. The Trelleborg Group has annual sales of £2.8 billion and operations in about 50 countries

Dario Porta, President of the Trelleborg Coated Systems business area, said

“I am very pleased with this acquisition that complements our product range and strengthens our position in healthcare & medical, which is a growing industry for us. We will be capable of offering our customers even more engineered solutions and, not least, a greater geographic reach. I am impressed by the company’s high-quality products and its level of innovation, as well as the close relationships it has with its customers.”

David Ripley, the Managing Director of Dartex, commented

“The acquisition of Dartex by Trelleborg provides a tremendous opportunity to further consolidate the company’s position as the world’s leading specialist producer of technical medical coated fabrics. Alongside this, there is the opportunity to utilise our specialist lamination and transfer coating skills in the manufacture of the many industrial products offered by other Trelleborg entities. ”