Bredel is the world’s leading manufacturer of peristaltic pumps with the largest range of pumps and pump element materials. Today Bredel has more than 100,000 peristaltic pumps working non-stop around the globe. With operating pressures up to 16 bar and flow rates up to approximately 100 cubic metres/hour, Bredel hose pumps save time and money by successfully handling the toughest applications in a broad range of industries. Bredel hose pumps and hose elements offer the maximum reliability and lowest maintenance for high-flow, high-pressure duties. With operating pressures up to 1,600 kPA (16 bar) and flow rates up to 100 m3/h, Bredel hose pumps save time and money by handling the toughest applications in a wide range of industries.

About Us

Watson-Marlow Pumps Group comprises six established brands, each with their own area of expertise, but together offering our customers an unrivalled breadth of solutions for their pumping applications:

  • Watson-Marlow Pumps: peristaltic tube pumps for pharmaceuticals and industry
  • Watson-Marlow Tubing: precision tubing for pumping and other purposes, in a range of materials
  • Bredel: heavy duty hose pumps
  • Alitea: unique peristaltic solutions for OEM customers
  • Flexicon: aseptic filling and capping systems
  • MasoSine: gentle sinusoidal pumps for food, chemical and cosmetics applications

We are better placed than any other pump manufacturer to respond to the needs of our customers. At every level we are committed to helping our customers increase productivity, improve their processes and deliver cost reductions. Watson-Marlow Pumps Group has direct sales in 24 countries and distributors in a further fifty.  Our world-class customer support is provided through an extensive network of industry specialists and technical support teams.

Company Profile


Watson-Marlow Pumps Group celebrated 50 years of pumping innovation in 2006.

For 50 years we have helped industry, science, medicine and commerce transfer concrete, mining slurry, paint, ink, beer, vaccines, live human cells, piping hot coffee and every precious, delicate, abrasive, viscous or corrosive fluid you can think of. And then some.

Our pumps employ the simplest possible pumping principle - nature's own - with sophisticated precision and control which make them pre-eminent wherever smooth, accurate fluid flow is required.

Squeeze a tube filled with fluid between your fingers, slide them along the tube - the fluid moves. The only contact is between the tube and the fluid. It is the perfect pump.

Nature's peristaltic process contracts muscles to move fluids, completely and efficiently; Watson Marlow has built upon this tough principle to meet the requirements of industry and science. Watson-Marlow pumps offer:

  • Optimum flow rate control from microlitres to hundreds of litres per minute
  • Solutions for pumping the widest range of fluids from the delicate to the troublesome
  • The highest possible reliability, with no valves, seals or glands to break down or maintain
  • Watson-Marlow pumps improve productivity, eliminate downtime, and minimise maintenance

Watson-Marlow history

Watson-Marlow began in 1956 in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, and moved to Falmouth in 1969 with 12 key employees, producing mainly medical pumps. In 1977, the company became part of the Smith + Nephew Healthcare Group and, in 1988, the factory was extended to accommodate the expansion of the business into industrial and scientific markets.

In June 1990, reflecting the rapid expansion of sales into process markets, Watson-Marlow became part of the Spirax Sarco Engineering Group, which operates a world-wide specialist steam control business from its Cheltenham headquarters.


On New Year's Eve 1996, Spirax Sarco purchased Bredel Hose Pumps BV, the world leaders in high-pressure hose pumps.

Since then we have acquired Alitea, a Swedish manufacturer producing small precision pumps. Alitea allows us to offer a wide range of peristaltic solutions to OEM customers. We have also bought Flexicon Liquid Filling of Denmark, a company which has built a worldwide reputation for its peristaltic-powered aseptic filling and capping systems; and MasoSine of Germany, manufacturers of unique, gentle, sinusoidal rotary pumps for food and cosmetics.

Watson-Marlow process pumps offer the most complete range of any world manufacturer, providing flow rates from microlitres to 100 cubic metres per hour.


Watson-Marlow offers a wide choice of tube materials and over 60 sizes of tube bore and wall thickness to cope with fluids thick or thin, mild or aggressive.

Our home base

At our head office, we enjoy just over four hectares (11 acres) of parkland on the outskirts of Falmouth in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain, where around 202 people work in the factory and offices, with 11 specialist sales engineers based in every region of the United Kingdom.


Watson-Marlow exports over 85 percent of its production to more than 60 countries, and has its own sales companies in the United States of America, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden, South Africa, Brazil, China, Korea, Malaysia, Denmark and Switzerland. Our success is created by a team of nearly 450 people around the world.

Environmental Policy

Scope of Watson-Marlow business

With over one million peristaltic pumps designed, manufactured and sold around the world Watson-Marlow has identified the importance of its environmental aspects and impacts. The company aims to continually improve its environmental performance in the design, development, manufacture and in-house repair of peristaltic pumps and accessories, the supply of associated products and development and manufacture of tubing.

To achieve improvement we operate an Environmental Management System that as a minimum meets the requirements of BS EN ISO 14001 and have set the following general aims:

  • Identify the significant environmental impacts of our company's activities.
  • Aim to continually improve the environmental performance of our company by setting environmental objectives, targets and processes.
  • Promote optimum and efficient use of resources and energy.
  • Work towards the reduction or elimination of any potential or actual pollution.
  • Raise the awareness and understanding of all staff about the company's environmental policy and maintain awareness of environmental issues and related matters.
  • Provide interested parties with relevant and appropriate information and establish open and on-going dialogue.
  • Ensure these aims are achieved by the use of appropriate processes that will be monitored, audited, reviewed and improved if necessary.

It is the responsibility of directors and managers to be aware of environmental risks and regulations and to identify and implement best practice.

Health & Safety

Watson-Marlow is approved to BS EN ISO 9001 for:

Design, development, manufacture and in-house repair of positive displacement pumps and accessories. The development and manufacture of tubing and single-use aseptic tubing bag assemblies and supply of associated products

To safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all its employees Watson-Marlow is committed to operating the business in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (the Act) and all applicable regulations made under the Act. Health and safety and commitment to continual improvement will always be a priority;

  • Health and safety are management responsibilities ranking greater than responsibilities for production, sales, costs, and similar matters;
  • It is the duty of management to see that everything reasonably practicable is done to prevent personal injury in the processes of production, and in the design, construction, and operation of all plant, machinery and equipment, and to maintain a safe and healthy place of work;
  • It is the duty of all employees to act responsibly, and to do everything they can to prevent injury to themselves and fellow workers. Although the implementation of policy is a management responsibility, it will rely heavily on the co-operation of those who actually produce the goods and may be at risk;
  • It is the responsibility of all managers to ensure there is no conflict between the demands of safety and other demands of the job. However the Manufacturing Director has prime responsibility for health and safety, and is a point of reference where a conflict may occur;
  • The aim of our health and safety policy is to provide a framework for setting, agreeing and reviewing occupational health and safety objectives and targets to improve performance.
  • Our health and safety management system is monitored by internal audit and will be assessed externally.

Organisation structure

The Watson-Marlow organisation structure with respect to Health & Safety (shown below) is primarily the management structure augmented by the Safety Officers and committee who regularly assess the working environment and circulate minutes of findings recorded at quarterly meetings.


The Managing Director, Directors, Senior Managers, Managers, Departmental Heads and Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that:

  • The Company's Health & Safety policy is implemented and that, as far as is reasonably practicable, a safe working environment exists in their areas of responsibility;
  • The activities carried out in their areas of responsibility are conducted in such a manner as to minimise the risk to health and safety;
  • Training needs are recognised and that adequate training is provided to minimise risks to health and safety.
  • The Health and Safety Committee are responsible for monitoring consulting and advising on health and safety matters.

Note: Supervisors and the Maintenance Department are particularly responsible for ensuring, as far as is reasonably practicable, the maintenance of free access to and from all areas, and that all passageways and fire escape routes are kept clear of obstructions.

Staff Responsibilities

In compliance with Section 7 of the Act, all employees have an obligation to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and other persons who may be affected by their actions or omissions at work, and, as regards any duty or requirement imposed on the Company by or under any statutory provision, co-operate with the Company to enable any such duty to be complied with.

All staff must:

  • Observe safety rules and, where necessary, wear appropriate safety equipment and use safety devices as provided;
  • Abide by instructions issued in the interests of minimising risks to health and safety;
  • Report any hazardous situation to their Supervisor who, in turn, shall advise the Site Manager or the Health & Safety/COSHH Officers.
  • Be fully aware of the action to take in the event of a fire;
  • Co-operate in suggesting to their Supervisors any improvements which could be made to minimise risk to health and safety.

Note: EVERYONE must note that the Act is law and that if the action of ANY person at work puts at risk the health and safety of themselves or other persons, or, if ANY person fails to co-operate in complying with statutory provisions, then it is possible that a criminal offence will have been committed.

Policy implementation

This policy will be implemented by following the safe systems of work contained in the following processes.


  • Risk assessment
  • Prevention of falls and falling objects
  • Manual handling and protection of backs
  • Chemicals hazardous to health
  • Machinery and moving parts
  • Electrical safety
  • Accident reporting
  • Fire and fumes
  • Contractors
  • Workplace monitoring

WEEE Regulations

Watson-Marlow have no obligations under the WEEE Regulations arising from Directive 2002/96/EC of the European parliament or of the council of 27 th. January 2003 because peristaltic pumps are not included in the scope of the Directive.

However, we take end-of-life issues seriously, the majority of our pumps are RoHS compliant and we provide information to recyclers.

Watson-Marlow pumps are not included in the scope of the WEEE Directive and are consequently not affected by RoHS. However, we strongly believe that the substances referred to within the WEEE Directive should not be used.

All Watson-Marlow pumpheads are, therefore, fully compliant. Some cased drives are reliant on certain components which are not available in RoHS compliant versions. As soon as these become available, all cased drives will be made compliant.

Business Manual

Watson-Marlow is the world leader in solving fluid handling problems with peristaltic pumping technology which has great advantages over other pumping methods. Our objective is to identify every user around the world who could benefit from this technology and convert them to Watson-Marlow customers.

We conduct our business ethically, and we stand by our word, our recommendations and our products. We provide a safe working environment approved to BS OHSAS 18001, open communications, and opportunities for advancement for all our employees wherever they are in the world. We aim to continually improve our environmental performance and as a minimum meet the requirements of BS EN ISO 14001 environmental standard.

Scope of the management system

Watson-Marlow is approved to BS EN ISO 9001 for:

Design, development, manufacture and in-house repair of positive displacement pumps and accessories. The development and manufacture of tubing and single-use aseptic tubing bag assemblies and supply of associated products

Organisation structure 

WM-Organisation structure



  • Managing Director

    The continued successful and profitable development of the Watson-Marlow, Bredel, Alitea and Flexicon companies, focussed on providing outstanding products, service and customer and employee satisfaction.

  • Sales & Marketing

    Continued rapid and profitable sales growth around the world, providing unequalled knowledge and advice to customers.

  • Finance

    Safeguard and guide our profitable business development with specific responsibility for maintaining and reporting on our financial health, meeting statutory and fiscal obligations as well as those of our owners and providing information and guidance to colleagues on financial implications.

  • Manufacturing

    To continually improve our service to customers, continuing to distance ourselves from our competitors through standards of quality, delivery, reliability and product development that they can't reach.

  • Engineering

    The development of new products delivering additional capabilities that customers value, together with the responsibility for the integrity of all engineering.

  • Quality, environment and Health & Safety

    The development of business systems to maintain excellence in all areas, eliminating all costs of no value to customers. Ensure that environmental management system requirements are maintained and continually improved and providing a safe working environment for our employees.


The chart shows the interrelationship, sequence and importance of Watson-Marlow’s core processes.



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Company details

Business Type:
Technology - Manufacturer

Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater - Pumps & Pumping

Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)


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