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PTFE hose for automotive applications

Since its recent acquisition by Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG), a series of significant new investments at West Yorkshire-based Aflex Hose has allowed the company to generate 25 per cent more capacity for automotive sector customers. In fact, these investments in both premises and capital equipment are already serving to strengthen the position of Aflex Hose as the world’s leading manufacturer of flexible PTFE hose for automotive applications.

Aflex utilises patented, market-leading technology to produce PTFE-lined flexible hose that outperforms other PTFE and standard hose types to ensure superior flexibility and the highest levels of resistance to automotive fluids. To help keep pace with growing demand for its advanced products, the company recently invested in a brand new facility at Elland that houses new braiding machines, as well as ancillary equipment. In addition, the company recently designed and manufactured a revolutionary new extruder for its Sowerby Bridge site, which is predominantly dedicated to the manufacture of PTFE tube used in automotive applications.

These major enhancements have been achieved with the full support of WMFTG, suitably demonstrating the commitment of Aflex Hose to the automotive sector. Moving forwards, the company now plans to recruit more sales staff to support its ever-expanding reach in automotive markets.

The Aflex range is used extensively on different types of vehicles. Applications include fuel lines for transfer, hydraulic high performance suspension systems and turbocharger oil-feed hose on more than three million production cars, as well as brake hose fitted on millions of cars, ATVs, race cars, trucks and motorbikes. The Aflex technology is widely adopted thanks to its smooth and convoluted-bore PTFE hose which has been designed to surpass the competition in the areas of durability, flexibility and temperature resistance. In fact, PTFE will outperform rubber, silicone and Nylon hose up to a factor of 5:1. Bore sizes are available from 2mm to 26mm.

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) is the world leader in niche peristaltic and sinusoidal pumps and associated fluid path technologies. Founded on nearly 60 years of supplying engineering and process expertise and with over one million pumps installed worldwide, our pumps are tried, tested and proven to deliver.

WMFTG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc (LSE: SPX), a global organisation employing approximately 4,800 people worldwide. Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group comprises nine established brands, each with their own area of expertise, but together offering our customers an unrivalled breadth of solutions for their pumping applications:

  • Watson-Marlow Pumps: peristaltic tube pumps for biopharm and process industries
  • Watson-Marlow Tubing: precision tubing for pumping and other purposes, in a range of materials
  • Bredel: high flow, high-pressure hose pumps
  • Alitea: unique peristaltic solutions for OEM customers
  • Flexicon: aseptic filling and capping systems
  • MasoSine: gentle sinusoidal pumps for food, chemical and cosmetics applications
  • BioPure: advanced single-use tubing connector systems
  • Asepco: aseptic valves for the biopharmaceutical industry
  • FlowSmart: high purity sanitary gaskets, silicone transfer tubing and reinforced silicone hoses for the biopharmaceutical industry

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group is an international operation based in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK. Watson-Marlow Fluid |Technology Group has offices in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Sharjah UAE, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA and Vietnam.

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