With the deal, signed at the maritime industry’s largest exhibition SMM Hamburg, Wilhelmsen will strengthen its existing product portfolio in a key area, adding high-performance speciality lubricants to its global offering.
"We always had an eye on each other since we both met at the last SMM. With mutual admiration we observed the successes and outstanding performances which both parties brought to the market with passion and dedication ", says Dieter Becker, Head of Global Business Teams at Klüber Lubrication.
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 is seemingly a match made in marine products heaven.
Kjell Andre Engen, EVP Marine Products, says, “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. A key area previously missing in our portfolio, we are thrilled to also now be able to provide customers lubricants, and the world’s most sophisticated ones for that matter, through our unrivalled global network”.
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.
To this end, despite the ink being barely dry on the agreement, training on speciality lubricants has already begun for Wilhelmsen staff.
About Klüber Lubrication
Klüber Lubrication is one of the world's leading manufacturers of speciality lubricants, offering high-end tribological solutions to virtually all industries and markets worldwide. Most products are developed and made to specific customer requirements. During its more than 80 years of existence, Klüber Lubrication has provided high-quality lubricants, thorough consultation and extensive services, which has earned it an excellent reputation in the market. The company holds all common industrial certifications and operates a testing section hardly rivalled in the lubricants industry.
Klüber Lubrication, set up as a retail company for mineral oil products in Munich in 1929, is today part of Freudenberg Chemical Specialities SE & Co. KG, a Business Group of the Freudenberg Group, Weinheim. Klüber Lubrication has about 2,000 employees in more than 30 countries.
About Freudenberg Chemical Specialities
Freudenberg Chemical Specialities develops, manufactures and markets chemical specialities. In order to be as close as possible to customers, the company has a global market presence comprising five brands: Klüber Lubrication, Chem-Trend, OKS, SurTec and Capol. Freudenberg Chemical Specialities is one of the world's leading manufacturers of speciality lubricants, release agents, chemotechnical maintenance products as well as surface treatment and electroplating solutions. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, Freudenberg Chemical Specialities operates in about 40 countries via its own companies. In 2015, the Business Group employed a workforce of around 3.300 and generated a turnover of approx. Euro 960 million.
With the largest maritime network in the world Wilhelmsen Ships Service 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 we made product deliveries to 27,500 vessels and handled 75,000 port calls. The maritime industry’s trusted partner in port, on board and offshore, our wide portfolio of products and services are available in every market and region, to every conceivable vessel type.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service is part of the Wilhelmsen group. For more information, see wilhelmsen.com