The Past – Who we are……….

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 area.

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.


Gary Shaw