The future of the industrial hose distribution and manufacturing processes is an ongoing topic of discussion. As the impact of the industry’s progression is unknown, there are some in the industry who have voiced concerns over the possibility of large players removing the middleman, the distributor. Hose + Coupling World had the privilege of understanding this topic from the perspective of a distributor, manufacturer, and one who has experienced both sides. Thomas Cobb, former distributor, and current manufacturer of stainless fittings, provides his outlook on distribution concerns and industry trends.
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