Plymouth-based Interlube Systems Ltd. has been acquired by American company Timken for an undisclosed sum. 

From its headquarters in St Modwen Road on the Parkway Industrial Estate, Interlube employs 90 people and turned over around £8.7 million in 2012. 

The company, which makes and markets automated lubrication delivery systems and related components for use in commercial vehicles, construction, mining and heavy and general industries, has an operation in Dayton Ohio and a joint venture in Zhuhai, China. 

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The purchase also includes MSP Distributors Ltd. based in Cheltenham and acquired by Interlube in 2007. 

“Interlube are delighted to be joining The Timken group,” says Mike Cusack, Interlube managing director. “Their global reach will allow Interlube to continue expanding its markets, and should provide enhanced investment in the Plymouth facility.” 

The Timken Company, a global industrial technology leader based in Ohio, engineers, manufactures and markets mechanical components and high-performance steel. It had sales of $5 billion last year and around 20,000 people operating from 30 countries. 

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“We’re pleased to have Interlube join the Timken team,” says 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 product lines and recent acquisitions. 

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

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Interlube was advised by Gary Partridge, of PwC, and Richard Cobb, of Michelmores in Exeter. 

“We’re delighted with the outcome, Timken is the perfect strategic buyer for Interlube,” says Partridge. 

Cobb adds, “It is always rewarding to help an MBO team achieve the exit they have worked towards for many years. As a leading well-known manufacturer in the Southwest, Interlube has now got even greater global aspirations as part of the Timken group, and this must bode well for the UK operation and its staff.”


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