WATSON-MARLOW Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) has opened a new, larger office, servicing facility and “Wet Lab” demonstration area in South Africa. The company claims world leadership in niche peristaltic and sinusoidal pumps, and associated fluid path technologies. Founded on nearly 60 years of supplying engineering and process expertise, theGroup has more than one million pumps installed worldwide.
The new, larger premises – totalling more than 2 300 m2 – will provide additional levels of technical support and service for the Bredel range of high-pressure hose pumps, MasoSine sinusoidal pumps and Watson-Marlow peristaltic pumps and tubing.
Located in Laser Park, Honeydew, on the West Rand, the office will be staffed by a team of 28 led by Nico van Schalkwyk, General Manager, who has been with the company since 1989. It incorporates space for ‘clean’ stores for products, as well as dedicated receiving and dispatch areas.
Along with extra space for warehousing and pump servicing, the new facility incorporates a fully equipped training center and test lab. This area has been designed to deliver operation and maintenance training to WMFTG’s own staff as well as distributors and customers.
Said van Schalkwyk, “This is a very exciting time for my team and I. We’re delighted that the investment in additional facilities allows us to offer a much deeper level of support to our many customers. I am particularly proud that we are offering the first peristaltic test lab in South Africa and which will keep us one step ahead our competitors.”
WMFTG comprises ten established brands, each with their own area of expertise, but together offering customers an comprehensive breadth of solutions for their pumping applications comprising:
Watson-Marlow Pumps: peristaltic tube pumps for biotechnology and pharmaceutical and process industries
Watson-Marlow Tubing: precision tubing for pumping and other purposes, in a range of materials
Bredel: high flow, heavy duty 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 biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry
FlowSmart: high purity sanitary gaskets, silicone transfer tubing and reinforced silicone hoses
Aflex Hose: specialises in the design and manufacture of PTFE-lined flexible hoses
WMFTG has a global network of operations including ten factories and 37 direct sales offices. The company is part of the Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc group, headquartered in Cornwall, UK.