Complementary my dear Watson: biopharma tech firm buys Flow Smart for $5.3m

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Watson buys gasket maker Flow Smart for $5.3m
Watson buys gasket maker Flow Smart for $5.3m

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Watson-Marlow Fluid Technologies has bought Flow Smart for £5.7m ($5.3m) to bolster its biopharma-focused pump and fluid path tech portfolio.

The acquisition – which was carried out by parent company Spirax-Sarco Engineering – has added Flow's sanitary gasket, transfer tubing and hose offering to Watson’s biopharmaceutical technology offering.

Jay Whalen, Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group president, said: "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​."

This was reiterated by spokeswoman Joanne Lucas cited Flow Smart’s fabric, braided and wire reinforced platinum silicone hoses and high performance sanitary gaskets – which are made from materials including EPDM, Viton, Platinum Silicone, PTFE and Poly4D – as key.

She told us “The addition of [Flow Smart’s] range of technology to our portfolio means we are able to provide an even greater range of fluid path solutions​."

Lucas added that: “All 40 Flow Smart employees are joining Watson-Marlow Flow Smart, Inc. which will remain based in the US state of Delaware​.”

Flow Smart has a customer base of around 900 companies according to Lucas, who confirmed the majority of these work or supply the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry.

Biopharma-focused acquisitions

Flow Smart is the third acquisition Watson-Marlow has made since 2014.

In February of that year the firm bought single-use connection technology developer Bio Pure Technology for £8.5 ($14m).

And in April this year, it acquired aseptic processing equipment firm Asepco for £7m.

At the time Whalen said buying the pump and fluid-path technology manufacturer had strengthened his firm’s “position in the biopharmaceutical market."

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