Dutch shipbuilding group IHC Merwede today said its arm IHC Lagersmit has been renamed as IHC Sealing Solutions.
"This change, which came into effect on July 6, is the result of the continued international growth that the company has experienced in recent years...The company's focus has shifted in recent decades from the manufacture of bearings to the production and marketing of seals for rotating shafts," the company said in a statement.
The company, set up in Netherlands in 1856 as DLS, was rechristened as Lagersmit in 1956.
"From that time on, the company increasingly focused on manufacturing seals for, among other things, stern tubes, thrusters and pumps.
"Two years ago, the company moved from Kinderdijk to Alblasserdam, where a fully automated production facility operates in completely new premises to further develop, produce and market innovative products," it added.
Managing Director of IHC Lagersmit, now IHC Sealing Solutions, Willem Steenge, said, "It is important that we use our name to let people know what we are good at, specifically finding the right solution for the client where seals are concerned."
IHC Merwede is focussed on the continuous development of design and construction activities for the maritime sector and is one of the global leasers for efficient dredging and mining vessels and equipment.