Types of Flanges

Businesses in a variety of industries rely on flanges to join pipes or components together or to keep equipment secured to a surface. When it comes to choosing the best types of flange for your processes, you’ll want to take the time to research the different options...

Threaded Flange

Threaded flanges are probably the most recognisable of all flanges due to their screw thread design that is used to connect it to the pipe. Threaded flanges, also known as screwed flanges (for obvious reasons), require a male and female thread to create a connection...

Slip On Flange

A slip-on flange can also be known as a hubbed flange, which, as the name suggests, has a hub with a very low profile. Why is this important? Because this type of ring type joint gasket has an internal diameter larger than the connecting pipe, allowing you to slide it...

Weld Neck Flange

Also known as tapered hub flanges or high hub flanges, weld neck flanges are a specific type of gasket with a protruding ridge and long neck used to connect pipework and provide you with a high-quality seal. Weld neck flanges, in particular, are a popular choice when...

Nitrile vs Viton® – What is the Difference?

As you start to make a decision about what type of O-rings to purchase for your business, you might wonder what material is the most suitable for your unique needs. Every business operation has different requirements for their O-rings, such as the temperature,...

Aflas vs Viton

When it comes to choosing O ring suppliers in the UK, you’ll find that there are a wide range of materials on offer for you to choose from. Many people find that the options can seem quite overwhelming, with some materials having similar properties but offering...

EPDM Gasket

Both the automotive and construction industries have started to use EPDM gaskets more frequently in recent times. This rubber material is UV light resistant and has many fantastic properties that make this part highly effective for a wide range of processes. Keep...

Metal Gaskets

When comparing gaskets for use within your business processes, you’ll find that these can be made from a variety of materials. Metal gaskets are a very popular option, offering many advantages over other materials. When looking at sealing product options, make sure...

AFLAS o ring

O rings come in many different dimensions, thicknesses, and materials. And it is the various different materials that o rings can be manufactured from that make each o ring unique and suitable for specific applications. In fact, there are hundreds of different types...

O Ring Vulcanization Process

With years of o ring knowledge and experience in o ring vulcanization, we're one of the leading experts in providing the right sealing solution for you. To view our full range, visit our O-ring product page, with a wide selection and something to match every...

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Maintaining the highest levels of performance, safety and quality is critical to these industry sectors 

Holding AS9120 Quality Accreditation we are able to offer product to meet industry requirements giving full manufacturing product traceability.  

With our strong knowledge and expertise in these areas we work closely with our customers to better understand their demands and requirements. Our range of products, whether seals for aircraft landing equipment or military defence operations or pipeline supply for ship boiler rooms all products are supplied with integrity and certification to confirm meeting international standards and specifications. 

Our focus is to understand materials selection and sourcing ensuring that quality is of the highest possible level while optimizing costs and bringing product to market in the shortest possible time.  


  • Commercial Aerospace 
  • Military Aerospace 
  • Space 

The global Aerospace sector is worth in excess of £500 Billion annually with the UK being number 1 in Europe and number 2 globally behind the USA  

Primary Product supply 

  • Elastomeric Seals and ‘O’ Rings 
  • Bonded Washers 
  • Non-Asbestos Gaskets
  • RFI Shielding 
  • Aerospace Fasteners 
  • MJ Nuts 


  • Missile 
  • Ground 

The Defence industry in the UK is a vital sector of the economy and supplies world class equipment, services and support to our Armed Forces and others around the world. As an exporter of defence equipment and services, the UK is number one in Europe and second only to the USA globally. 

Primary Product supply 

  • Elastomeric Seals and ‘O’ Rings 
  • Bonded Washers 
  • Non-Asbestos Gaskets 
  • RFI Shielding 
  • Fasteners 


  • Military 
  • Offshore and Commercial 

The UK Marine sector is a diverse sector including everything from small leisure boats and cruise liners right through to complex naval warships and all the equipment and support associated with them. 

Primary Product supply 

  • Spiral Wound and Non-Asbestos Gaskets 
  • Ring Type Joints 
  • Fasteners 
  • Valves and Flanges 
  • Pipeline and Fittings 

Quality, integrity, reliability and safety are critical features in the Aerospace, Defence and Marine sectors. 

Our range and supply of sealing products must be capable of meeting the challenging and demanding standards and extreme range of technical specifications being upheld in these sectors. Holding AS9120 Distributor Quality Accreditation ensures we are able to understand material requirements and specifications and meet relevant international standards having control and full traceability throughout the manufacturing process and supply chain. 


Having ISO 9001:2015 S.S.P. supply a whole range of sealing products to the world’s Food and Drink industry. From FDA seals and gaskets to Food Quality Tank Lid and Manway Door Seals all are manufactured and supplied to recognised international standards and specifications. 

The food and beverages industry covers all companies involved in the production and distribution of edible goods. The production includes the processing of meats and cheeses and the creating of soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, packaged foods and other modified foods. Distribution involves the transporting of finished food and drink product into the hands of the consumer. 

Our primary product supply include 

  • FDA Elastomeric Seals 
  • FDA Flange Gaskets 
  • PTFE Gland Packings  
  • WRAS and Food Quality Tank Lid Seals 

Into the following industries 

  • Breweries 
  • Distilleries 
  • Sugar 
  • Edible Oils 
  • Dairy 
  • Soft Drinks 
  • Baking and Confectionary

 The Health and Safety demands and strict levels of quality control of food and beverage manufacturers insist that all gasket and sealing products supplied meet stringent regulations and specifications and for that reason all products offer full traceability

OIL and GAS 

Having ISO 9001:2015 S.S.P. supply a whole range of sealing and pipeline products to the world’s oil and gas industry. From spiral wound gaskets and ring type joints to flanges and pipeline fittings and fasteners all products are manufactured and supplied to recognised international standards and specifications. 

Primary Product supply 

  • Spiral Wound and Non-Asbestos Gaskets 
  • Ring Type Joints 
  • Kammprofiles 
  • Fasteners 
  • Valves and Flanges 
  • Pipeline and Fittings 
  • Flange Insulation Sets 
  • Gland Packings 

Considered to be the biggest sector in the world in terms of dollar value, the oil and gas industry is a global powerhouse employing hundreds of thousands of workers worldwide as well as generating hundreds of billions of dollars globally each year.  

In regions which house the major NOCs, these oil and gas companies are so vital they often contribute a significant amount towards national GDP. 
The oil and gas industry can be broken down into three key areas; 


  • The upstream component involves the search for underwater and underground natural gas fields or crude oil fields and the drilling of exploration wells and established wells to recover oil and gas 


  • Midstream entails the transportation, storage and processing of oil and gas. Once resources are recovered it has to be transported to a refinery which is often in a completely different geographic region compared to the oil and gas reserves. Transportation can include anything from tanker ships to pipelines and trucking fleets. 


  • Downstream refers to the filtering of the raw materials obtained during the upstream phase. This means refining crude oil and purifying natural gas. The marketing and commercial distribution of these products to consumers and end users in a number of forms including natural gas, diesel oil, petrol, gasoline, lubricants, kerosene, jet fuel, asphalt, heating oil and LPG as well as a number of other types of petrochemicals 

The largest volumes of products of the oil and gas industry are fuel oil and gasoline. Petroleum is the primary material for a multitude of chemical products including pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, solvents and plastics. Petroleum is therefore integral to many industries and is of critical importance to many nations as the foundation of their industries. 


Having ISO 9001:2015 S.S.P. supply a whole range of sealing and pipeline products to the world’s petrochemical industry. From spiral wound flange gaskets to compression packings and PTFE seals all products are manufactured and supplied to recognised international standards and specifications.

Primary Product supply

  • Spiral Wound and Non-Asbestos Gaskets
  • Ring Type Joints
  • Kammprofiles
  • Fasteners
  • Valves and Flanges
  • Pipeline and Fittings
  • Flange Insulation Sets
  • Gland Packings

Petroleum is a naturally occurring liquid found in rock formations. It consists of a complex mixture of hydrocarbons of various molecular weights plus other organic compounds.

Petrochemicals are chemical products derived from petroleum. Some chemical compounds made from petroleum are also obtained from other fossil fuels such as coal or natural gas, or renewable sources such as corn, palm fruit or sugar cane 

In the petrochemical industry the organic chemicals produced in the largest volumes, and referred to as the three primary petrochemicals are  

  • Methanol 
  • Olefins – ethylene, propylene and butadiene 
  • Aromatics – benzene, toluene and Xylene 

These three group products are precursors to a variety of chemical products including pharmaceuticals, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, synthetic fragrances and plastics 


Having ISO 9001:2015 S.S.P. supply a whole range of sealing products to the world’s pharmaceutical industry. From spiral wound and non-asbestos flange gaskets to PTFE sealing products all are manufactured and supplied to recognised international standards and specifications.

Primary Product supply

  • Spiral Wound and Non-Asbestos Gaskets
  • Kammprofiles
  • PTFE Gland Packings
  • PTFE ‘clean’ Seals and Gaskets
  • FDA Seals
  • FDA Tank Lid Seals

The pharmaceutical industry discovers, develops, produces and markets drugs for use as medicines. Pharmaceutical companies may deal in generic or brand medications and medical devices and are subject to a variety of laws and regulations that govern the patenting, testing, safety, efficacy and marketing of such developed drugs. 

The global pharmaceutical industry is set to reach over £1 trillion by 2020 and with rising pressure to develop drugs to meet ever increasing global demand, pharmaceutical companies continue to work tirelessly to bring the most innovative and cutting-edge treatments to patients. 

Being a research driven industry over £100 billion is spent by pharmaceutical companies every year on research and development projects. Only 1 in every 5000 products screened are approved as new medicine and only 30% of approved and marketed drugs produce profits that cover their R & D costs. Approximately 40 new medicines are approved each year and the average cost of developing a single drug, from initial discovery to approval is estimated at more than £300 million. Most drugs fail to make it to market but still incur development costs. On average it takes more than 10 years to progress through ‘Phases’ from initial discovery to product approval.


Having ISO 9001:2015 S.S.P. supply a whole range of sealing products to the world’s pump and valve industry. From gland compression packings to seals and gaskets all products are manufactured and supplied to recognised international standards and specifications. 

Primary Product supply 

  • Braided Gland Compression Packings 
  • Vee Packings 
  • Moulded Graphite Rings 
  • Combination Set Packings 
  • Hydraulic Sealing Products 
  • Spiral Wound and Graphite Gaskets 


A pump is a device that moves fluids (liquids or gases), or sometimes slurries, by mechanical action. Based on the type of pump the market can be categorized into two major groups according to the method they use to move the fluid 

  • Centrifugal 
  • Positive displacement 

    Global Pumps and Valves Market Overview 

    The increased exploration activities for oil and gashas the most prominent impact on the global market for pumps and valves. The growing need for the transportation and refining of oil and gas is also fuelling the demand for pumps and valves across the world and is projected to continue to drive this market over the forthcoming years. 

    Broadly, the global market for pumps and valves used in the oil and gas industry can be analysed on the basis of the type of pump, type of valve, application and the geography. 


    A valve is a device that regulates, directs or controls the flow of a fluid (gases, liquids, fluidised solids or slurries) by opening, closing or partially obstructing various passageways.  Valves are technically valve fittings but are usually discussed as a separate category.  In an open valve, fluid flows in a direction from higher pressure to lower pressure.

    Based on the type of Valve the market can be categorised into

    • Needle
    • Gate
    • Ball
    • Check

      Type of Pump

      • Centrifugal 
      • Positive displacement 

      Type of Valve 

      • Needle 
      • Gate 
      • Ball 
      • Check


      • Onshore
      • Offshore


      • North America 
      • Latin America 
      • Asia Pacific 
      • Europe 
      • Middle East 
      • Africa 




      WATER and WASTE

      Having ISO 9001:2015 S.S.P. have full ranges of fluid sealing products that are well proven for long life with low maintenance in the water and waste sectors. Our plant maintenance and refurbishment services are also highly appreciated by utility companies.  

      Many of our sealing products are WRAS / WRC approved for potable water applications significantly reducing water companies’ stockholding requirements and costs as these products also have the abrasion and chemical resistance necessary for wastewater processing and river intake duties. 

      Primary Product supply 

      • WRAS / WRC Braided Gland Compression Packings 
      • WRAS / WRC Flange Gaskets 
      • Spiral Wound Gaskets 
      • WRAS and Food Quality Tank Lid Seals 
      • Hydraulic Sealing Products 
      • Pipeline fittings, fasteners and flanges  
      • Pump and Valve repair and maintenance 

      Water is our most valuable resource and it must be made available and affordable for everyone 

      The water industry provides good quality drinking water, sanitation and drainage services   every day to over 60 million consumers in the UK through 35 privately owned companies. 

      Drinking water is primarily obtained by purifying groundwater and surface water involving chemical treatment processes. The treatment required depends largely on the quality of the raw water and which substances need adding or removing. 

      The processes involved throughout the water and waste industry are 

      Desalination – Groundwater is often not enough to cover required supply so seawater desalination plays an increasingly important role 

      Transport – The pipeline transportation of water.  

      Water Treatment – The purification of groundwater and surface water 

      Water Pump Station – Delivering water and feeding it into the drinking water network 

      Water Supply Network – Ensuring the supply of clean water. 

      Sewer Network – Ensuring that waste water is reliably disposed of. 

      Wastewater Pump Station  Pumping wastewater via the sewage network to the treatment plants 

      Wastewater Treatment – Plants for improving the water quality of our lakes, rivers and oceans. 

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