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TubeMart and Kent Corporation: Strategic alliance partners
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Company: McKee-Addison Tube Forming Inc., OH, United States
Attn: Don Miller

TubeMart, part of the AddisonMckee group of companies, and single-source tube processing machinery specialists, have signed a strategic alliance partnership with Ohio, USA based Kent Corporation.

The one-stop way for organizations of all sizes to purchase high-quality mid-range tube processing solutions, consumables and lubricants at competitive prices, TubeMart was established by AddisonMckee in 2006.


Rapidly growing route to market

Bringing together the widest choice of hand-picked bending, cutting, end-forming, notching and polishing technologies from many of the worlds leading manufacturers, TubeMarts route to market is via a rapidly growing global dealer and agent network, as well as product catalog that is available in several languages and online at www.tubemart.com .

Commenting on his decision to partner with Kent Corporation and appoint them as a distributor for the state of Ohio, TubeMart Vice President, Danie Jacobs, said: As part of our strategy to establish TubeMart as the premier one-stop global brand for tube processing machinery, we have been steadily building up a global sales network and have already made significant inroads across the USA, Australasia and Europe. In North America alone, over recent months, we have appointed dealers in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as Canada.

Strong trading relationship

As you can imagine, he added, the opportunity to build a strong trading relationship with an organization with the credentials of Kent Corporation, was simply too good to miss. As a world-leader in tube and pipe mill entry systems, coil end joiners and tube fabricating equipment and with equipment in some 80% of all tube mills in the USA Kent Corporation is ideally positioned to promote and supply our complementary tube processing technologies. At the same time, we also intend to further extend the TubeMart product offering by presenting a wide range of Kent Corporations tube processing solutions in the TubeMart catalog. We very much see this as the creation of a partnership that will be mutually beneficial to both parties.


Partnership with AddisonMckee

In addition to establishing a distributor relationship with TubeMart, Kent Corporation has also entered into a partnership agreement with their parent organization, world-leading tube manipulation technology specialists, AddisonMckee the US headquarters of which are also based in Ohio.

This agreement will enable the mutual promotion of each companys products as well as the production and presentation of various Kent technologies across Asia by AddisonMckees recently opened Chinese division.

The premier choice

Comments Kent Corporation President, Rick Costello, Across the globe, the AddisonMckee name has become renowned as the premier choice for leading-edge tube bending and endforming technologies. This new alliance will enable AddisonMckee and Kent Corporation to offer new, highly beneficial technologies to their respective customer bases and, in doing so, provide solutions to various manufacturing issues through a combined, highly extensive list of machines.


About Kent Corporation

A global leader in Tube and Pipe Mill Entry Equipment, Coil End Joiners, Accumulators, Brush Deburring Machines, Tube Fabricating Equipment and Tube Mill Consumables, Kent Corporation was founded in 1971 by Tony Costello when he purchased the patent rights to a strip accumulator (brand named the Floop) from Armco Steel in Middletown, Ohio.

Following numerous acquisitions, Kent Corporation today concentrates on the tube mill and tube fabricating industry for the majority of its products. Its line of coil end joiners is also widely sold into the roll forming, stamping and strip processing industries.

Kents line of tube mill/tube fabricating consumables allows leveraging of relationships established over its 35+ years of trading. Kent believes strongly in customer service and is known throughout the world for providing equipment and services that increase productivity and solve customer problems.


About AddisonMckee

2007 winners of The Manufacturer magazines World-Class Manufacturing Award a prestigious award based on an organizations ability to benchmark, examine and make continuous improvements in all aspects of its operations AddisonMckee is globally renowned for the design, manufacture and supply of some of the worlds finest tube bending and end forming technologies for increasingly complex automotive, aviation, truck and shipbuilding requirements.

In addition, AddisonMckee also offers highly innovative tube measuring solutions, tube perforation, piercing and louvring technologies, hydraulic press machinery, muffler assembly solutions, plant automation and complete workcell integration.

In addition to these capabilities, a whole range of tooling and accessory options are also provided, as are comprehensive maintenance and service contracts, training and education programs and financial services. Where applicable, AddisonMckee is also able to offer customers the opportunity of machine rebuilds, refurbishment, upgrades and trade-ins.

From its state-of-the-art manufacturing centers in the USA, United Kingdom, Canada and China, AddisonMckee is committed to providing rapid solutions to market and also regularly assists clients in product prototyping, parts development, small production runs and pre-production sample development.

AddisonMckee is principally owned by WHI Capital Partners (WHICP), a Chicago-based private equity group that invests in middle market, industry-leading companies with solid financial fundamentals and proven management teams. WHICP is an affiliate of William Harris Investors, Inc., a family-based asset management firm founded by Irving B. Harris in 1987.


For further information please contact:


Christian Rogiers, Global Marketing Director AddisonMckee
E-mail: crogiers@addisonmckee.com
Tel: +1 513 228 7076
Fax: +1 513 228 7226


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