2014: A new milestone in JMH History

Stronger Together: Joining forces with Otto Simon sets milestone in company history

December 2014: John M Henderson achieved a new milestone in their 148 year history, with Otto Simon Holdings successfully acquiring the John M Henderson coke oven machinery technology, expertise and core engineering team.

The acquisition brings together two names with long and distinguished histories dating back to the 19th century and a common vision of providing outstanding competence in the coke and steel sectors.

John M Henderson will continue its long established presence in the coke making industry, providing best available coke oven machinery solutions to coke plants worldwide. The business will operate as an independent entity out of newly established offices in Forfar, Scotland.

Sister company Otto Simon Limited is a leading process led consultancy and project delivery organisation with a proud heritage and distinguished track record of success and expertise in the coke and steel sectors in its own right.

Steve Haywood, the Chairman of Otto Simon Holdings, said: “I am extremely pleased that we have been able to acquire the John M Henderson technology and key staff. The synergies with Otto Simon Ltd will enable JMH to be even more successful in the future and ensure that the latest technology for oven machines is always available to coke plants around the world.”

Gary McCombie, Managing Director of John M Henderson Machines Ltd, said: “John M Henderson and Otto Simon are an exceptionally good match, with aligned strategic visions and a shared culture of providing engineering excellence, innovation and customer success in the coke and steel sectors. We are stronger together than we were as individual entities.”

About Otto Simon Ltd

Otto Simon Ltd (OSL) is a privately owned process led consultancy and project delivery organisation based in Cheadle, Cheshire. With origins dating back to 1872 OSL has a long and distinguished track record of success and proven performance in the coke/steel, industrial, process and water sectors. A highly focused and dynamic organisation OSL boasts competence in a complete range of investigative consultancy, due diligence, conceptual, front-end, design, procurement and project management services.

Over the course of time OSL have developed an enviable capability and expertise in a range of processes and the application of advanced technology in the coke/steel, renewables, waste, biomass, biofuels, energy, petrochemical, water and refinery sectors. OSL have earned particular recognition for being one of industries leading authorities in the assessment and application of thermal processes, associated gas clean-up and liquid treatment.

Read the complete Press Release:

Stronger Together: Otto Simon and John M Henderson - Allies For Coke Making Excellence (December 2014)