Air Products announced that it has entered into a joint marketing agreement with Houghton International to provide a broad range of products and technologies to the U.S. metals processing industry, deployed through a unique industrial gas and fluids management service.

The complementary mix of offerings includes a full line of metalworking fluids, a variety of industrial gases, services, technology and atmosphere generating equipment. The agreement leverages each company's industry leadership position to deliver cost-effective manufacturing and after-sale services sustained by expanded industry skill and technical expertise.

Joe Wintsch, of Houghton International, said: \\$quot;This agreement enhances our ability to provide customers with a greater breadth of product and service offerings. Ultimately, it will result in increased efficiencies and productivity gains for them.

\\$quot;The leading positions of both Houghton International and Air Products provide the metal industry with a unique blend of capabilities and expertise that can generate the true process improvements companies are seeking.\\$quot;