Watson-Marlow acquires the Business of Flow Smart
Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group has acquired the business and assets of Flow Smart Inc. through its parent company Spirax-Sarco Engineering, for £5.7 million.
Flow Smart, based in Seaford, Delaware USA, specialises in the design and manufacture of high purity sanitary gaskets, silicone transfer tubing and reinforced silicone hoses for the bioprocessing and pharmaceutical industries. The business will be integrated into the Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) and we are pleased that Lou Bongiorno, founder and President of Flow Smart, will transfer along with existing staff to our new company, Watson-Marlow Flow Smart, Inc., and continue in his role as President.
Flow Smart is a natural extension of the Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group fluid path product portfolio and further strengthens WMFTG’s extensive global presence in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, which includes Watson-Marlow Pumps, Watson-Marlow Tubing, Flexicon Filling Systems, BioPure single-use tubing connector systems, Aspeco aseptic valves, and Alitea OEM Pumps. Flow Smart’s product range utilises market-leading technology to improve sterility within the biotechnology production process, thereby reducing validation risk in demanding contamination-free applications; resulting in improved process sterility confidence for our customers.
Flow Smart provides an extensive range of fabric, braided and wire reinforced platinum silicone hoses and high performance sanitary gasket products. Flow Smart has developed an extensive range of high purity gasket compounds with superior performance ranging from EPDM, Viton, Platinum Silicone, PTFE, to Poly4D.
Lou Bongiorno, President of Flow Smart comments : ”Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group have a great reputation within the BioPharmaceutical market, so we are very excited about being able to tie into that network to enable greater exposure of our products to a wider audience and drive the organic sales growth.”
Jay Whalen, President of the Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group comments: "The acquisition of Flow Smart significantly expands and enhances our fluid path product range, and further strengthens Watson-Marlow s position in the sanitary markets we serve.”