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L.B. Foster, FUCHS Extend Partnership to Additional Rail Markets

Written by Carolina Worrell, Senior Editor
Stefan Fuchs, Chairman of the Executive Board of FUCHS SE (left), and John Kasel, President and CEO, L.B. Foster Company (right)

Stefan Fuchs, Chairman of the Executive Board of FUCHS SE (left), and John Kasel, President and CEO, L.B. Foster Company (right)

L.B. Foster, a global technology solutions provider of products and services for the rail and infrastructure markets announced on Sept. 25 that its partnership with lubricant manufacturer FUCHS Lubricants Co. will be extended to additional rail markets in South America, Australia and China.

The partnership, L.B. Foster says, combines the company’s “renowned expertise in the deployment of total friction management solutions for the global rail industry with FUCHS’s manufacturing capabilities and world-class lubrication solutions for railway traffic.”

L.B. Foster offers its rail customers trackside and on-board friction management solutions and pioneered Total Friction Management® (TFM) solutions for the rail freight, passenger and urban transit sectors. According to L.B. Foster, TFM is how the company works with railroads around the world to deliver “holistic, optimized friction management programs.” FUCHS is a global company that develops, produces, and distributes more than 10,000 lubricants and related services with industry-specific solutions for demanding applications.

Stefan Fuchs, Chairman of the Executive Board of FUCHS SE, and John Kasel, President and CEO, L.B. Foster Company alongside their management teams at the FUCHS main office in Mannheim, Germany.

Together, L.B. Foster and FUCHS “continue to push innovation in friction management lubricant products to drive considerable savings to its customers through rail and wheel wear reduction, increased operational efficiencies, and improved safety,” LB. Foster said. “This strategic partnership facilitates driving global production of the L.B. Foster and FUCHS co-branded greases in international growth regions, as well as continuing to support the increasing demands in North America,” the company added.

“We are excited to work with FUCHS as our preferred partner for manufacturing our advanced friction management lubricants,” said L.B. Foster President and CEO John Kasel. “The combination of our wheel/rail engineering expertise with FUCHS’s lubricant manufacturing competencies brings best-in-class solutions designed to benefit the global rail industry.”

“We are pleased to unveil the extension of this successful strategic partnership. It is clearly a win-win for the rail industry,” said FUCHS Group Chairman and CEO Stefan Fuchs. “Our colleagues at L.B. Foster Friction Management are experts in complementary fields. By acting together, we will deliver combined capabilities that place friction modification as a value-added essential on the railways. What cements this strategic partnership is our shared values of trust, respect, reliability and integrity, creating value through innovation and first-class service for customers in certain rail markets.”

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