Klüber Lubrication and Wilhelmsen Ships Service have signed a close distribution partnership, with Wilhelmsen becoming a global partner for marine lubricants of Klüber Lubrication.
With the largest maritime network in the world, Wilhelmsen Ships Service, which is part of the Wilhelmsen group, is active in 2,000 ports, in 125 countries worldwide. Supplying marine solutions including the Unitor brand of products, Timm ropes, Unicool refrigerants, and Unitor and Nalfleet marine chemicals, along with a complete portfolio of ships agency services and maritime logistics, last year Wilhelmsen made product deliveries to 27,500 vessels and handled 75,000 port calls.
With the deal, Wilhelmsen will strengthen its existing product portfolio in a key area, adding high-performance specialty lubricants to its global offering.
Combining quality products, innovation, and dedication to developing environmental and sustainable solutions offered by Klüber Lubrication with Wilhelmsen’s enviable distribution network, industry-defining customer service, and forward-leaning solutions portfolio, the partnership is “a match made in heaven,” the two companies said in a statement.
“Joining forces with Klüber Lubrication is a real coup for us, it enables us for the first time to offer customers market-leading lubricants and a wealth of in-depth product-specific expertise,” said Wilhelmsen’s Kjell Andre Engen, who is EVP of Marine Products.
Providing assured performance and reliability, along with maintaining compliance, the marine specific global product portfolio Klüber Lubrication offers is comprehensive, benefitting from numerous OEM approvals, according to Dieter Becker, head of Global Business Teams at Klüber Lubrication.
Klüber Lubrication is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialty lubricants, offering high-end tribological solutions to virtually all industries and markets worldwide. Most products are developed and made to specific customer requirements.
Klüber Lubrication, set up as a retail company for mineral oil products in Munich, Germany, in 1929, is today part of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities SE & Co. KG, a business group of the Freudenberg Group. Klüber Lubrication has about 2,000 employees in more than 30 countries.