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We are pleased to announce that Emplas Ltd has been acquired by Leicester-based hose and tubing manufacturer, Copely Developments Ltd. This transfer of ownership came into effect this month (August 2013) and follows Richard Costello's decision to retire from the Emplas business.

The long-established Copely Developments - which became part of the dynamic COBA International Group of Companies in 2010 - has been at the forefront of the thermoplastic hose and tube manufacturing industry for over 50 years. Copely enjoys global recognition as a market leader in its field and is well respected for its innovative and high quality products supplying a diverse customer base.

Emplas will now trade as a division of Copely Developments and together, the future looks very exciting. The Emplas operation is currently being relocated to Copely Developments' facility on Thurmaston Lane in Leicester. Customers of Emplas will be reassured to know that its entire team of employees will be moving to the Copely business too, with the exception of Richard Costello. Every effort is being made to make the transfer of ownership and assets as seamlessly as possible.

"There is a great synergy between the two businesses and this is exciting for all concerned," explains Steve Walton, Operations Director - Copely Developments. "Both Copely and Emplas are respected names in hose and tubing manufacture, and together we can now be even stronger through greater flexibility and product choice. For Copely, it expands our offering to the leisure market, while for Emplas it provides access to Copely's extensive product ranges, resources and infrastructure as part of the COBA International group of companies."

On retirement from Emplas, Richard Costello says, "This marks a new era for Emplas and the team. I have complete peace of mind that the company, its people and its customers are in safe and very capable hands as part of Copely Developments. I am delighted that the Emplas workforce is being retained and I can rest-assured that our customers will continue to have a very high standard of service with Copely's management team at the helm. I would like to extend my thanks to Emplas employees for their hard work over the years and my gratitude to our loyal customers. I wish everyone the very best."

For further information, please contact Steve Walton at Copely Developments. Tel: +44(0)116 276 5881 or email


About us

Established in 1977 and situated in Leicestershire, over 30,000 square feet of production and storage space gives Emplas the ability to manufacture customer requirements and keep stocks for their specific delivery dates. We pride ourselves on our close association with our customers who have been loyal to us for many years.

More than 40 years’ experience has established Emplas as a leading producer of flexible PVC extruded profiles. Comprehensive knowledge and expertise enables us to meet virtually any need and we are committed to providing each of our customers with service and advice of the highest standards.

We are dedicated to quality and precision, whilst maintaining a prolific output of over half a million metres of tubes and profiles every week. We also have extensive ancillary equipment, capable of notching and hot foiling, cutting and printing enabling us to meet virtually any specification or customer need.

Our range of extrusions is incredibly diverse, from Garden Hose Pipes to High Pressure Airlines, Aquatic Tubing to Wine Kit Tubing, Shoe Components to Electrical Sleeving, Boat Fenders to Caravan Trims and Skipping Ropes.

We manufacture:

  • Garden Hose and Reels
  • PVC Profiles
  • Clear and Coloured PVC Tube
  • Reinforced PVC Tube
  • Airlines
  • Sleeving
  • Lay-Flat Discharge Hose
  • Contractors Hose
Flexible Extrusions