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Revolutionary sealing material Turcon turns 50 Trelleborg Sealing Solutions launches celebration to commemorate anniversary

From airplanes to spacecraft, prosthetics to wind turbines and almost everything inbetween, Turcon is the go-to seal material for a broad range of applications. This revolutionary material is a part offand has made possibleesome of the most innovative engineering advancements in the last half-century. Now, on the eve of the PTFE materialls 50th anniversary, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions is commemorating the materialls impact on the world.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has brought together customers such as Boeing and Eaton; former executives from Busak+Shamban and Trelleborg; and engineers, researchers, manufacturers and others who have been involved with Turcon over the years for a multimedia retrospective.

The project unfolds in stages. A website with photos, videos and first-person contributions from a variety of people in the industry debuts in May. The project also includes a commissioned, hand-painted mural showing Turcons impact over the decades. Once a month, from May 2012 to January 2013, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions will reveal the next panel in the mural, along with relevant photos, videos and other media.

The brand started with W.S. Shamban in 1962 and if you look at all the engineers who are in the market today, they donnt recognize the Trelleborg name with the Turcon brand, says Nancy Getz, Product Manager of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Fort Wayne. Thatts what makes this anniversary so important.

Turcon has a long history tied tightly to the Fort Wayne community; it was developed by Bill Shamban, founder of W.S. Shamban Co., which moved to Fort Wayne in 1956. Turcon was produced in Fort Wayne facilities under the W.S. Shamban Co. and Busak+Shamban names, and now by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. The name has changed, but the quality standard and respect for its history remain the same.

Turcon is a proprietary polytetrafluoroethylene-based (PTFE) sealing material introduced by Bill Shamban and Hank Traub in 1960. It is a wear-resistant seal material with unique properties unmatched in the industry. Turcon seals are used in a variety of applications and serve numerous fields.

When I joined in 86 the premier material we had to work with in terms of engineering applications was the Turconn material, says Tim Callison, President of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Marketing Americas and a company employee since 1986. Twenty-six years later, the premium material we have for applications today is Turcon. It is a fantastic material with great breadth in its ability to provide solutions for our customers. Itts still regarded as the premier PTFE compounded material. It is still solving problems for us today, just as it did 26 years ago.

Currently, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Great Lakes is based in Fort Wayne. The manufacturing facility is in the same location as the very first W.S. Shamban & Co. plant. The manufacturing plant is accompanied by the Hank A. Traub Technical Center, built in 1997, which serves as Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Americas headquarters and includes research and development labs. In 2010, Trelleborg opened its new Supply Chain Management Americas facility in Fort Wayne.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions plans to display an exhibit focusing on Turcons history at the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society later this year, as well as sponsor a speaker in January for the societyys free-speaker series.

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