Founder and CEO

Duncan MacBain

Duncan MacBain

Managing Director

2022 - Hydraquip Braided and Metal Hose Division rebrand as Hydraflex with key focus on customer service, organic growth and growth via acquisitions

2022 - Hydraquip Hose & Hydraulics, 270 staff, 27 branches and 130 on site 24/7 service vans sold to Finning International. Duncan retained in a strategic role to support Hydraquip’s continued growth via acquisition and new territory

2010 – 2022  - Successfully made over 30 acquisitions & new green field branches

2009 - Founded the Metal Hose Division in Bolton which has grown to £5m Revenue with branches now also in Northampton, & Rugby

2008 - First acquisition of a Northern branch, Blaydon in the North East

2003 - Acquired Universal Hose Limited, name changed to Hydraquip Hose & Hydraulics Limited

2001  - Hydraquip’s first acquisition Hydrahose in Kent

2000 - Launched Hydraquip’s Onsite 24/7 Mobile Hose Service with 2 Vans which grew to the largest independent on site hydraulic hose service in the UK

1989 - Founded Hydraquip in Crawley, 1 Branch and 3 Staff

1980 – 1989 -  Apprentice at Transnordic, Sales at Medway Hydraulics, Sales Enginer at Aeroquip and a Sales Director at Abbey Hose

I have been very fortunate in my career to have started with very humble beginnings as an apprentice engineer at the age of 17 which led me to a path to start my own business in 1989. This group of companies became well recognised as market leaders within the UK. Hydraquip Hose & Hydraulics continues to thrive under the ownership of Finning. I have a strategic role to help support further growth of Hydraquip in the UK and within their global reach.

The key focus on the retained Hydraflex business is to continue growth organically with excellent customer service, quality and value plus the well trodden path via acquisition. 

Hydraflex Metal Hose and Bellows and Hydraflex Plumbing and Cooling Hoses will continue to develop its product ranges into new areas to improve efficiency and developing staff to progress within the business. 

We are also proactively looking for acquisition opportunities that will strengthen our customer proposition. For further information on this and start up opportunities please feel free to contact me in complete confidence.