The following Press Release was issued Thursday, September 11, 2014:

(Red Bud, Illinois, USA) The Material Works, Ltd. (TMW) and SMS Siemag AG (SMS) have entered into an agreement whereby SMS may offer, design, build and install processing lines incorporating Eco Pickled Surface (EPS) Cells for descaling carbon and stainless coiled strip steel. Under terms of this agreement, TMW, or one of its designated manufacturers of EPS Cells, will supply completed cells and associated technical and support services to SMS for integration into SMS strip pickling lines anywhere in the world.

SMS Siemag AG is an SMS group company which, within the structure of SMS Holding GmbH, consists of a group of global leaders in machinery and plant construction for steel and nonferrous metals processing. Its workforce of more than 13,800 employees generates worldwide sales of EUR 3.5 billion. SMS Siemag’s solutions emphasize minimizing the impact on the environment, such as consuming less energy and producing lower emissions or waste products. Many of these solutions are implemented as upgrades or retrofits to existing production lines.

In announcing the agreement TMW President Kevin Voges stated, “SMS Siemag is one of the most respected names among suppliers to steel producers. We are very pleased that they have chosen to include EPS in their portfolio of advanced technologies.”

Michael Haentjes, SMS Siemag General Manager of Strip Processing Lines commented, “We are making a strong commitment to reducing the environmental impact of pickling with EPS, an opportunity that our customers will want to consider.”

Firms interested in either standalone EPS pickling lines or retrofits can contact SMS Siemag directly for more information or a proposal.