Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group buys US high-purity valves specialist Asepco for £7m


Pumps specialist will strengthen its biopharmaceutical offering with the acquisition

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG), a leader in niche peristaltic pumps and associated fluid path technologies, has acquired Asepco through its parent company Spirax-Sarco Engineering, for £7m.

Asepco, based in Mountain View, California, US, specialises in the design and manufacture of high purity aseptic valves and magnetic mixers for the bioprocessing industry.

WMFTG said Asepco is a natural extension of its fluid path product portfolio and further strengthens its global presence in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Asepco joins a product range comprising Watson-Marlow Pumps, Watson-Marlow Tubing, Flexicon Filling Systems, BioPure single-use tubing connector systems, Alitea OEM Pumps, MasoSine Process Pumps and Bredel Hose Pumps.

WMFTG said there is 'clear synergy and a significant growth opportunity' presented by bringing together the two companies' products to meet the demands of the rapidly growing biopharmaceutical market.

Jay Whalen, President of the Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group, said: 'The strategic acquisition of Asepco further broadens our product range and strengthens Watson-Marlow's position in the biopharmaceutical market. This enables us to provide a more comprehensive and improved service to our customers looking for sterility throughout their fluid path.'

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Steve Joy will remain in his role as President of Asepco. Prior to joining the company, he founded and grew a business with Jensen Fittings.

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