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Garlock strengthens UK industry position with Wide Range acquisition

Written by JOC, posted in Client News on October 28, 2009

Sealing technology business, Garlock (Great Britain) Limited, has acquired Wide Range Elastomers Limited, a precision moulder and fabricator of rubber products, based in Leicester. Garlock’s third UK acquisition over the past twelve months brings it extensive aerospace knowledge and specialist manufacturing resources.   

With a focus primarily on the aerospace sector and a solid reputation for high quality products, Wide Range has supplier approvals in place with manufacturers including GE Aviation, Bombardier, BAE Systems and Airbus.  The company’s fabric reinforced airframe seals and variety of canopy and cockpit seal extrusions complement Garlock’s existing range of products used in the aerospace sector.

Wide Range employs 20 people at its Leicester factory with skills in moulding and fabricating an extensive range of materials including synthetic and natural rubber compounds, metal and composites.  Capabilities extend to producing extrusions, calendaring and incorporating textile reinforcement to mouldings.

Garlock already has a strong position in the aerospace sector supplying high quality metal seals and sealing systems particularly for high temperature precision applications such as turbines, hot ductwork and exhausts.  The acquisition brings the benefits of Garlock’s strong innovation, research and development to Wide Range’s customers to provide the assurance of long term support. 

Stuart Phythian, Managing Director of Garlock (Great Britain) Limited, commented, “Wide Range is well respected in this exacting market producing high integrity sealing products.  Its capabilities and industry knowledge supports our own focus on this important sector. 

“We further expect our combined customers to benefit from Garlock’s global expertise in sealing technology applications alongside Wide Range’s knowledge and awareness of its customers’ needs.  This is another step in Garlock’s vision to become the global leader in industrial sealing solutions.”