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Fender specialists share know-how at seminars in Indonesia

December was a true seminar month for our ShibataFenderTeam. Together with our Indonesian agent, PT Suprabakti Mandiri, three seminars were prepared which took place in Surabaya, Jakarta and Bandung.

The experienced team from Suprabakti did a fantastic job in preparing the seminars and inviting all major clients to participate at these unique events. Mixed groups of contractors, owners and consultants, all in all more than 100 participants, carefully listened to Mr. Chris Millwood, fender expert at our office in Malaysia. The discussed topics ranged from different types of fenders, fender system design, fender testing, rubber compound and berthing energy calculation, among others.

SFT does not only focus on the rubber fender itself, a component whose production Shibata has mastered and refined over decades of experience, but on the bigger picture, which includes all fender components and their dependence and interaction between each other. Rubber compound, its raw materials and importance for a high quality product were explained on the basis of SFT’s first White Paper. Besides others, it finds that in fender manufacturing, physical properties are the only reliable indicator of the quality of a rubber compound that is defined by international standards. SFT’s Berthing Energy Calculation Tool, supporting clients during the berthing energy calculation process, was a useful example to explain the first and most important step in the fender design process.

The unanimously positive feedback we've received from the participants in Indonesia, especially highlighting the relevance of the topics, proves the value of our approach and encourages us to keep organizing our seminars in the future. As a result, several in-depths in-house seminars were requested by participants which will be timed for early 2019.

As one of the world's leading fender specialists, we consider it our responsibility to do our part for the industry by sharing our know-how with engineers and end users alike. With 50+ years of experience in fender production, +100,000 fenders in service around the world and 90+ years of experience in the production of rubber products, ShibataFenderTeam Group is the perfect partner for fender themed seminar sessions.

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