What we do
Flex-Tek's innovative components are used to heat and move fluids and gases across aerospace, consumer products, construction, medical and industrial applications.
Specialised heating elements and thermal systems provide consistent temperature to improve heating ventilation and air conditioning equipment. They’re also used in the manufacturing of medical devices, along with hoses which are used in medical diagnostic equipment. Our hoses help reliably deliver fuel and brake fluid to vehicles, helping keep people safe on the roads and playing a crucial role in the next generation of autonomous vehicles.
You’ll also find our high-performance flexible and rigid fluid management tubing assemblies in commercial and military aircraft globally providing reliable, efficient delivery of hydraulic fluids and jet fuel.
We’re enabling safe worldwide travel and creating comfortable home and working environments.
A global presence
Flex-Tek operations are principally located in the US and Mexico. Flex-Tek is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of open coil heating elements that are used in domestic appliances.
£67m2018 headline operating profit
Across the general industrial, medical technology, space and aerospace markets, Flek-Tek provides solutions for domestic appliance original equipment manufacturers, aerospace and airframe manufacturers, and the US construction industry.
Customers include Watsco, Ferguson, Boeing, Airbus, Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, Samsung and Trane and Carrier.
- Steady growth of the US housing construction market
- Expanding international market for corrugated stainless steel tubing for residential housing
- Continued increase in large commercial aircraft production
- Growth of medical devices, especially for the treatment of sleep apnoea
- Expansion in higher-growth markets
Our fluid management solutions include hose and hose assemblies, rigid and flexible ducting, helix reinforced hoses, wire braid reinforcement and corrugated stainless steel tubing.
Heating solutions include open coil heating elements and tubular, strip and infrared heaters. We have leading capabilities in the design and manufacture of heating solutions for bespoke applications.
Our strategy is to outperform our chosen markets through technological differentiation, with the need for safer, more energy-efficient solutions providing opportunities for us to establish leadership positions across our segments.
We aim to do this by developing our product portfolio, expanding in our target regions, growing existing market shares and driving operational excellence to increase competitiveness. We also consider the right strategic bolt-on acquisitions to support growth.
Specific focus areas include growing our share in the US housing market, expanding our international markets for gas tubing and securing positions on next-generation aircraft.
- Expand through new technologies for Heat Solutions applications
- Grow Gastite in Europe for Construction
- Launch new FlashShield+ product in Gastite for Construction Products
- Win new aerospace platform for Fluid Management
- Expand revenue in Asia, especially China
04 October 2018Smiths Group further strengthens Flex-Tek with acquisition of United Flexible for $345m
21 September 2018Annual results for the year ended 31 July 2018
07 June 2018Smiths celebrates first annual Smiths Day