Houghton International, a manufacturer of metalworking fluids and services based in Valley Forge, Penn., U.S.A, and SMS group, which is part of SMS Holding GmbH based in Düsseldorf, Germany, announced an exclusive partnership to develop and distribute rolling oils for metal production. SMS will work exclusively with Houghton to develop and apply advanced metal rolling technologies to meet the future demands of global metal producers. SMS group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of ferrous and non-ferrous plants and mill equipment for the production of flat, long, tubular and wire products.
Through this partnership, Houghton and SMS will leverage their research and development resources to develop advanced metal rolling oils, and Houghton will become the exclusive distributor of oils for SMS mill equipment. This will enable SMS to offer a complete system of rolling mill technology, including advanced cooling lubricants, to its customers worldwide.
Through its partnership with SMS, Houghton will be able to expand business opportunities as a leading rolling mill equipment supplier.
“We are pleased to announce this exclusive partnership, as SMS and Houghton are leaders in the field of metal rolling equipment and fluids,” said Marcello Boldrini, president, Global Metals & Mining and Asia for Houghton.
“We now offer the only engineering and lubrication solution to global metal manufacturers, which enables us to provide the most advanced and targeted solutions to our customers.”
“We are glad about entering this partnership which will enable SMS and Houghton to better meet the ever demanding market requirements for product quality and productivity,” said Rüdiger Holz, SMS vice president, Cold Rolling Mills Flat.
“Our partnership will provide innovative solutions to our common customers in the metals producing industries worldwide,” Holz said.