Timken acquires Interlube Systems

The Timken Company, a global industrial technology leader, has acquired Interlube Systems, which makes and markets automated lubrication delivery systems and related components to end-market sectors including commercial vehicles, construction, mining and heavy and general industries. 

Interlube is based in Plymouth, U.K., and has an operation in Dayton, OH, and a joint venture in Zhuhai, China. 

The purchase also includes MSP Distributors. Based in Cheltenham, U.K., and acquired by Interlube in 2007, it designs, installs and repairs lubrication systems. 

"We're pleased to have Interlube join the Timken team," said Michael J. Connors, vice president of distribution for Timken. "The management team brings a wealth of experience and established customer relationships, and their automated lubrication delivery systems certainly complement the Timken portfolio of power transmission products."

As part of its growth strategy, Timken has been steadily adding to its product portfolio and sees Interlube as highly compatible to its core bearing product lines and recent power transmission acquisitions, he said. Over the past two years, Timken has added a number of new products and services, including roller drive chain, gearbox repair and motor rewind services.

Interlube focuses on critical applications where an automated lubrication system can help extend up-time and reduce maintenance costs for end users, a key strength of Timken as well, added Connors. Interlube also brings Timken access to new channels that serve key end user markets.

"Their expertise and quality product line, coupled with our global reach and market access, will allow us to grow market share for Interlube products, as well as expose new market space for existing Timken applications," he said.