Our History

STS Aerospace is our new name, but the companies that make up the STS Aerospace brand have fabricated rigid pipes and flexible hoses since the dawn of aerospace. Titeflex started in Newark, NJ with origins going back to the famous Westinghouse family and our first patent in 1916. The aerospace business was small during WW I, but grew during World War II and the company moved from Newark to Springfield, MA in the early 1950s where we still produce hose to this day. Kreisler started as a jewelry company in 1914 and, like Titeflex, grew the aerospace business during World War II when Curtiss-Wright, another New Jersey company, asked Kreisler to produce the rigid pipes for their engines. In the 1970s when the Concorde aircraft was built, Titeflex expanded into France to support the growth of Airbus and continued to support Airbus with the expansion into India in 2007.

The companies maintained their individual identities over the years despite having various owners. In 2016, Scotia and Kreisler were acquired by Arlington Capital Partners as part of the United Flexible companies and, in 2019, United Flexible was purchased by Smiths plc and combined with the Titeflex companies. The long and proud legacy of our businesses combined with the strength and support of Smiths plc has positioned STS Aerospace for a bright future as we support our customers and the industry for another century.

Since 1917 and the dawning of the aerospace age, we have been singularly dedicated to providing service and solutions that address demanding fluid and requirements. It’s all we have ever done and we have maintained our focus on fluid conveyance products in order to ensure you receive solutions of the highest quality that are delivered by a committed and passionate team.

Who We Were Yesterday

The 1919 ad at the beginning of the timeline below shows how our hoses were installed on an early aircraft engine.

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  • 1910s

    1910s - Ad - Aviation 1919
  • 1920s

    Curtiss JN-4

    World War I
    Curtiss JN-4

  • 1930s

    B24 Liberator

    World War I
    B24 Liberator

  • 1950s

    Boeing 707

    The Jet Age
    Boeing 707

  • 1950s

    F-86 Sabre

    The Jet Age
    F-86 Sabre

  • 1960s

    Apollo Program

    Race to Space
    Apollo Program

  • 1970s

    Concorde

    Supersonic Commercial Aircraft
    Concorde

  • 1980s

    Space Shuttle

    Space Orbiter
    Space Shuttle

  • 2000s

    Space X HQ

    Commercialization of Space
    Space X HQ

  • 2010s

    F-35

    Stealth Multirole Fighter
    F-35 Lighting 2006

  • 2020s

    MQ-9 Reaper

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
    MQ-9 Reaper 2001

Who We Are Today

We are now a FTSE 100 Company with six locations around the globe supporting large OEMs, distributors and the overhaul and repair markets on new and legacy platforms.

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