Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing (ELM) recently announced an exclusive agreement with Chugoku Kogyo Co. to distribute ELM products in Japan.
"ELM's history of bio-based lubricants technology, originating from university-based research, and their revolutionary microwave-based process adds credence to ELM's ability to support the needs of Chugoku Kogyo clients," said Ryuichi Sakai, president and CEO of Chugoku Kogyo Co. "Our goal is to work cooperatively toward selling and eventually manufacturing ELM's bio-based products in Japan."
Prior to the agreement, ELM and Chugoku Kogyo engineers spent time at each other's sites for training and information exchange. The two companies also studied the Japanese lubricant market potential for bio-based grease and lubricants.
"We found the Chugoku Kogyo management team is committed to environmental stewardship and is determined to sell and eventually transfer bio-based technologies to Japan," said Dr. Lou Honary, ELM chairman and president. "Additionally, as a respected lubricant manufacturer and supplier in Japan, Chugoku Kogyo Co. has a salesforce and the resources in place to deliver bio-based products efficiently within diverse Japanese markets."
Founded in 1940 in Hiroshima, Japan, Chugoku Kogyo services the racing, construction, agriculture, forestry, die-casting, metalworking, concrete mold and transformer industries.
ELM is a U.S. manufacturer of bio-based greases headquartered in Grundy Center, Iowa. The company uses a microwave-based grease process to manufacture bio-based greases along with a wide array of liquid lubricants.
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