Total Lubrifiants acquired from Houghton International its aluminum hot rolling oil, steel cold rolling oil, and tinplate rolling oil activities, including the associated technical support services, in North American and European markets.

Total leadership said the move will strengthen the company’s position in the lubricants market. “Geographically we are strengthening our strong presence in Europe and expanding our activities and market penetration in North America, especially in the USA,” Philippe Charleux, senior vice president, lubricants and specialties, Total, said.