Chemical Solutions & Innovations appointed sole distributors of Quaker Houghton metalworking fluid range

Chemical Solutions & Innovations (Pty) Ltd (CSI), one of the largest service providers of the bespoke Chemical Management Services (CMS/’Fluidcare’) to the manufacturing sector, as well as a leading metalworking fluid supplier to the South African market, has announced that they have been appointed the sole distributors of Quaker Houghton, a global leader in primary and metalworking industrial process fluids.

“Metalworking companies face challenges today as never before. Under increasing pressure to reduce costs and environmental impact, they are also dealing with new highly-engineered materials creating new requirements in manufacturing processes and metalworking fluids,” says Raul Jurado, Commercial Director Middle East and Africa at Quaker Houghton.

“At this critical point in time, we are the long-term partner for manufacturers seeking to anticipate and overcome these challenges. Quaker Houghton, through our South African distributor CSI, is committed to offering innovative solutions to help our metalworking customers run more efficiently today and reap the opportunities of the future,” continued Jurado.

When Quaker Chemical Corporation, established in 1918 and Houghton International, established in 1865, merged in 2019 to create Quaker Houghton the merger created the largest industrial fluid supplier in the world and a combined $1.6 billion revenue company that employs 4 000 staff serving 15 000 customers worldwide.

CSI had built up a strong relationship with Quaker as the distributors of the Quaker products in South Africa for a number of years. The next step for CSI was to solidify the company’s relationship with Quaker Houghton, by becoming the sole distributor for their metalworking products in South Africa.

As the Quaker Houghton sole distributor in South Africa this allows CSI to continue providing high-quality metalworking fluids, corrosion preventatives, fire resistant hydraulic oils and washing fluids, which are internationally approved for the automotive, aeronautical and engineering sectors among others, to the South African market, including metalworking fluids to original equipment manufacturers and tier one manufacturers.

Located in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, CSI is part of the Solutions & Innovations Group. This comprises two other companies, namely Carbide Solutions & Innovations (Pty) Ltd (Carbide) and Water Solutions & Innovations (Pty) Ltd (WSI). It is this combination that allows the group to provide cradle-to-grave solutions to their customers.

CSI’s highly skilled team has over 250 years of cumulative experience in the metalworking and automotive industries, and this strong technical team includes aeronautical, mechanical and chemical engineers, says the company. The company prides itself in using its specialised knowledge and experience to provide solutions to every client’s unique application needs.

As a national company with six chemical management sites, two state-of-the-art blending plants and a resourced laboratory dealing specifically with the metalworking industry, CSI always aims to deliver the best possible products and services while retaining the smallest environmental footprint, says the company

CSI developed CMS (Level 1 to 4) as a unique system involving a range of specialised services and equipment to manage the products supplied to the customer. And they will further develop CMS through the introduction of the Quaker Houghton FluidCare programme.

Quaker Houghton supports its partners like CSI to drive a sustainable, more prosperous future. They deliver expertise, service, and advanced technology related to industrial process fluids – all for the betterment of the entire metalworking industry.

With both companies prioritising excellence and social responsibility in their respective fields, this partnership is a sure-fire win for all – and a true representation of Quaker Houghton’s tagline ‘Forward Together’.

For further details contact CSI on TEL: 041 585 5578 or visit