Historic TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES®
Y. Tromelin , the President of TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES®
Emile Piquerez had invented his famous forced lubrication with a simply attached coupler clip and given it the name “TECHLA”.
As for Joseph Christe, he had struck an agreement in the United States with the company “ALEMITE” through which the Piquerez patents were sold to this company for America in exchange for its own lubrication patents with bayonet connector for Europe.
This was the starting point of the company TECALEMIT, its offices, shops, workshops and service stations were set up by its two founders 18 Rue de Brunel in Paris in May 1922.
The name “TECALEMIT”, a combination of “TECHLA” and “ALEMITE”, was to remind users of forced lubrication that they would find here devices by both brands.
Car owners came in their droves to get their lubricators replaced in only 15 or 20 minutes for just 100 Francs, which at the time was about £5 or $20.
But TECALEMIT did not rest on its laurels. From the lubrication pump with a flexible hose and coupler clip, they moved on to the pushing pump with rigid hose and articulated clip, then onto LUB and ZERK lubrication, and finally to an even more perfected system that is still used today in almost all cars and machines built anywhere in the world: the “Hydraulic” system.
1946 saw the first “TELECAMIT” rubber hoses with crimped connections, then the flexible pipework “TECALEMIT-AEROQUIP” with dismountable connections were released in 1950, followed by flexible polyamide 11 pipes or flexible polyurethane 12 pipes that were manufactured in the Orly plant under the brand name Tecalan® from 1961.
In 1972, a factory fully dedicated to these products was built in Blois, where TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES® (brand registered in 1980) had its head office Avenue de Châteaudun.
In January 2006, all activities, except those dedicated to aerospace, were transferred to Pont l’Abbé, Route de Combrit, in Brittany.
Tecalemit Flexibles, ISO 9001 certified and with its approved economic operator status, offers a complete range of pipework and hoses with dismountable or crimped connections for remote hydraulic controls in addition to all the pneumatic tubes manufactured in Pont l’Abbé under the brands MANURIL®, MANULAN® and MALUFORM®. All these devices where primarily designed for the automotive market but have also conquered aviation, railways, the marine, civil engineering and the industry as a whole.
The sister companies Sel-Tecalemit and Tecamec are located only 800m away from the complete technical and sales offer. Sel-Tecalemit designs and manufactures flexible elastomer hoses used to transfer fluids in industry. The company has approved economic operator status and is ISO 9001 certified and also benefits from authorisations from DREAL (French Environment, Development, and Housing Directorate) via its AFNOR certification to manufacture hoses for dangerous substances for clients in civil defence. Tecamec manufactures connectors, hose caps and standoffs, as well as flexible hoses in stainless steel. These products are aimed at civil defence, welding, and energy industry (oil and gas, nuclear, off-shore rigs, FPSO LNG), civil engineering, sewers, and the steel industry.
Aerial view of the town of Pont l'Abbé
Credit photo Claude BUHANNIC
Estran de Pont l'Abbé
Credit photo Eric Le Floch (Tecalemit Flexibles)