DALLAS — Hi-Tech Engineering Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of high-pressure equipment and OMS Group have joined to provide an expanded line of polyurethane machinery in the United States.
Officials at Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Hi-Tech and Milan, Italy-based OMS said the venture broadens the market considerably for both firms. It is expected to go into effect in October.
``Hi-Tech gets exclusive rights to the OMS product line, which will allow us to go into areas we haven't gone into before,'' David Bott, Hi-Tech vice president of marketing, said at Polyurethanes Expo '98 in Dallas.
``Adding OMS' turnkey capabilities and its complete line of quality low-pressure equipment allows us to service virtually the entire polyurethane market,'' Hi-Tech President Otto Hunter said.
OMS, in business for almost 30 years, has a strong global presence, he said, with process lines in production throughout Asia, Europe, Egypt, South America and Australia.
Industries served by the Italian firm include automotive, laminating lines, continuous and discontinuous panel plants and refrigeration.
``Hi-Tech's technical sales and services fit nicely with our experience in turnkey operations,'' said Italo Melizzi, OMS commercial director.
OMS will gain involvement with U.S. customers by working jointly with Hi-Tech during production-line design, installation, and training and service, he said.