Springbok Connections Ltd was founded in 1976, acquired by Karl Shaw in 2004 and
merged with Hydraman Ltd Karl’s existing hydraulic products and service business
in 2005. Under Karl’s guidance Springbok quickly established itself as a quality
service provider of hydraulic hoses, fittings and associated equipment.
In 2009 after many years managing the major hose manufacturing company Flexible Hose
Supplies Limited established in 1977 by his father, Gary Shaw joined his brother
Karl at Springbok and created FlexTech Hose Solutions Ltd the industrial hose division
of the Springbok Connections Group.
The core competence of Springbok and Flextech rests in its carefully selected staff
all of whom have many years practical experience in the flexible hose industry. Our
hose assemblers, mobile technicians, technical and commercial staff and directors
have between them in excess of 130 years knowledge which benefits our customers.
We are a family company with family values, quality products, competitive pricing
and above all else good service and prompt answers when our customers need them.
The Present – Where we are…….
Springbok Connections and FlexTech Hose Solutions are based at our new purpose built
15,000 square feet production, office and sales/service facility in Berkshire.
FlexTech Hose Solutions with its new range of superior quality hose assemblies and
industrial hoses serves the Pharmaceutical, Food and other diverse and specialised
industries. The company is also established as a supplier of high quality hygienic
hoses meeting the international FDA / BFR standards and is proud of its record of
providing a complete high quality service to meet agreed delivery schedules.
FlexTech is a business built on integrity with strong infrastructure, values and
moral grounding which is driven throughout the business.
Springbok Connections operate a rapid response ‘on site’ service which aims to minimise
customers expensive downtime and company production losses. The mobile service is
staffed by experienced hydraulic engineers, working from fully equipped mobile service
units, who are proud to provide a service "On Call, On Site,On Time, 24 Hours, 7
Days a Week" to our customers.
Both companies have been structured to optimise their ability to operate in a very
competitive marketplace. This is accentuated by the commitment to friendly, efficient
and quality service, which is achieved through holding optimal stock levels, emphasis
on speedy delivery and care from our dedicated and experienced staff.
As a promoter of excellence we continue to develop the quality of our products and
services holding both ISO9001:2008 and BS OHSAS 18001:2007 certification.
The Future – Where we aim to be…….
As a forward thinking organisation our plans for the future are well defined and
based on the consolidated expansion of our business. The pace at which this progress
takes place will be dictated by the short and medium term commercial climate and
our commitment to ethical practice and maintaining standards of quality and service.
In January 2012 Springbok will open a new (GSE) Ground Support Division at Heathrow
Airport offering a 24 hour mobile emergency support function to clientele in and
around the M25 corridor. There has been great interest in this positive approach
by both existing and potential customers who will benefit from our services in this
At FlexTech our emphasis is to expand our already comprehensive product range which
includes PTFE, Silicone and Hygienic Rubber hoses assemblies manufactured on site,
together with diverse GATES hydraulic hoses. Our superior flexible ductings already
include Neoprene, Silicone and Polyurethanes (both ether & ester grades) and ATEX
compliant products. The State of the Art computerised testing and swaging equipment
we use is second only to the attention paid to our customers’ needs.
As previously mentioned our business is built on integrity with strong infrastructure,
values and moral grounding which is driven throughout the business. We take our Code
of Conduct, Quality, Heath & Safety and Environmental responsibilities seriously
and ensure compliance at every stage of our development toward the improvement and
success of our products and services.
Finally if we have any aspiration at all it is that you our customer have a good
experience when you deal with us which will lead to the development of a firm ongoing
relationship. Our integrity is paramount, we are not just another hose supplier nor
do we wish to be associated as such.