Cutting Tool Supplier WIDIA Products Group Joins the IBC Industrial Buying Group

WIDIA Products Group is a leading manufacturer of milling, turning, tapping, holemaking and other tooling products used in CNC metal cutting machinery.

IBC is pleased to announce that WIDIA Products Group of Latrobe, Pennsylvania has joined the IBC industrial buying group as a preferred supplier. WIDIA is a leading manufacturer of precision metal cutting tools utilized in CNC machining operations. Products include end mills, drills, taps, indexable milling cutters, turning tools, threading tools and tool holders. Authorized independent distributors within the IBC buying group now have access to WIDIA’s complete portfolio of precision engineered products and services to offer end users in the U.S. plus parts of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

“WIDIA is a global brand of innovative, performance cutting tools and is a significant addition to the IBC’s metalworking portfolio,” stated Mark R. Higgins, IBC Business Development, Relations and Recruitment. “WIDIA is led by Jeff Kraez, an industry veteran, who has assembled an outstanding team to assist IBC members. Our ability to provide ‘world class’ solutions for end-user customers has increased exponentially with WIDIA’s joining IBC.”

”WIDIA is excited about the opportunity to join forces with IBC and its members to help promote and grow the WIDIA brand,” said Jeff Kraez, general manager of WIDIA Americas. “Our position with current IBC distributors is already significant and we are confident that this partnership will only strengthen and prosper existing relationships as well as help to develop new ones.”

Preferred suppliers within the IBC buying group provide a wide range of industrial MROP products, safety products, janitorial supplies, bearing /power transmission products, electrical supplies and other products and services. Industrial buyers served by the IBC network of independent distributors represent the automotive, aerospace, power generation, food and beverage, medical, chemical and paper industries, among others. In the U.S., it is estimated that independent distributors account for nearly two-thirds of all industrial supply chain sales.

For more information about WIDIA, please contact the company’s inside sales team by phone (800-979-4342) or email ( or visit the company online at

For more information about IBC, please contact Mark R. Higgins, Business Development, Relations and Recruitment via email at or visit

About WIDIA Products Group

WIDIA products and services have defined innovation in the metal cutting industry for more than 90 years — from the world’s first patent for carbide indexable inserts to the development of the world’s first coated grades. The WIDIA brand offers a complete portfolio of precision-engineered products and custom solution services. With thousands of milling, turning, holemaking, and tooling systems products available through a worldwide network of authorized distributor partners, you’ll find everything you need from one single source. Learn more at

About IBC

IBC is a robust and dynamic alliance of industrial, bearing and power transmission, electrical, and subassembly Independent Distributor Members with locations throughout the U.S. plus parts of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The organization provides end user customers with multiple plant locations a streamlined and cost-effective purchasing source for national and regional contracts. IBC provides its Independent Distributor Members and Preferred Suppliers with the tools, resources, and market access needed to thrive in today’s competitive marketplace, including a unique collaboration forum. IBC is a Hispanic Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).