Houghton International and SMS group have announced an exclusive partnership to develop and distribute rolling oils for metal production.

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. Houghton will expand business opportunities through its partnership with SMS as a leading rolling mill equipment supplier that shares experience in fluid applications and access to global metal producers.

“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.”