Arefco Special Products Ltd
UTEX Industries, Inc.

Based in Ashington Northumberland, Arefco Special Products Ltd sits in the heart of the industrial North East of England.

Arefco has been at the forefront of sealing technologies for over 3 decades and specialises in the design and manufacture of components from a broad spectrum of advanced elastomeric, plastic and metallic materials; including specialist bonded solutions.

With a pro-active customer focused culture at our core, Arefco excels in recommending and providing solutions to complex and challenging application conditions; to succeed in this endeavour, we continue to push the boundaries of sealing technology in both materials and engineering application.

Acquired by UTEX Industries Inc. in 2011, Arefco is a SME with the financial backing of a privately owned global sealing systems provider, Utex Industries Inc . established in 1940 and a global leader in sealing technologies. Since becoming a member of the UTEX family, Arefco has established a robust commercial, operational and production infrastructure facilitating a global approach to our markets, providing a cohesive and collaborative relationship with our customers and supporting large multi-element projects. This approach is proving successful, since our acquisition, we have seen over 20% organic growth, year on year. With an aggressive growth strategy driving the business forward, Arefco continues to invest in capital equipment and critical human resources to support it.

Arefco Special Products Ltd is ISO9001:2008 approved and registered in England. Compliance to the standard is not itself an objective, but is a by-product of operating professionally and to best practice in all aspects of our business. Advanced quality planning tools (APQP, Compliance Matrix, Risk Analysis and SQDC) are deployed as standard to ensure requirements are understood and delivered to customer needs and objectives.

Product manufacture is not where our service ends; Arefco is a complete solution provider, offering full assembly manufacturing services including composite and modular systems to complement the critical sealing arrangement supplied. Component designs are fully engineered and optimised to operate successfully and safely in customers’ specific operating conditions whilst also focusing on system life extension. With an engineered quality model, at Arefco, we are proud of our performance and we are renowned for the integrity of our products.

Arefco prides itself on its ability to react and respond quickly, knowledgably and effectively to the needs of our customers and the demands of the market. Backed up with a very strong value proposition which includes pre and post sales technical support, application engineering & design, project management, industry leading lead-times in our core competencies and world class customer service has established Arefco as an ethical partner of choice for many blue chip OE manufacturers.

Currently occupying a 3,600m2 production footprint, Arefco operates a lean manufacturing strategy. Arefco’s signature technologies are:

Employing Compression Moulding equipment capable of manufacturing products from less than 1” diameter up to 60” diameter and 30” height with 800 tonne clamping force gives us flexibility to provide standard and bespoke geometry solutions both as fully elastomeric or modular systems including metal elements.

Our most recent development has been the acquisition of Stephenson Precision Components (SPC), specialist metallic engineering company.  This firmly establishes the manufacture of machined metallic items and sub-contract engineering services as a key business stream within the Arefco portfolio of core competencies.

Arefco capabilities include:

  • 15 state of the art machining centres
  • Over 40 years’ experience in the manufacturing and supply of CNC components
  • Turning capacity up to 62” diameter, 16’ length, 22 tonne component weight
  • Milling capacity up to 29” diameter
  • Bespoke programs
  • Live tooling

Arefco Special Products Ltd
Jubilee Industrial Estate
Northumberland NE63 8UA

Tel: +44 1670 819513