Born with a culture of service


The Taipan story traces back 30 years to a time when brothers Tim and Allan Sandilands ran a mobile hydraulic hose repair service in Queensland called Mobile HoseFixers.

While the business was successful and grew rapidly, in 2002 its supply of hydraulic hose was disrupted. Enterprising by nature, the brothers responded by establishing Queensland Hose & Fittings Pty Ltd and embarking on a multi-year mission to establish a reliable source of hose, hose tails and adaptors suitable for Australia’s harsh conditions. They explored local manufacturing as well as the creation of an international supply chain using world-class third party manufacturers.

The latter approach was highly successful, so in 2006 – armed with an improved and world-class product range – the company relaunched as Australian Hose and Fittings (AHF). In 2010 AHF’s products were rebranded Taipan.

Today, Taipan’s extensive international supply chain includes over 50 hand-picked, world-class component manufacturers in 17 countries across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. Taipan technical personnel inspect and evaluate the manufacturing facilities of every company that is invited to become a Taipan supplier.

Our commitment to quality is absolute – we are proud to be closing in on our goal of zero warranty claims.  Our hose and hose tails are also tested to perform as complete systems.

In addition to our own products, our range is supplemented by world-class, third party products recommended by Taipan.

The company is still owned and led by Allan Sandilands, who draws every day on his early experiences as a mobile hydraulics repair service professional.

Simply put, we’re here to provide great products and great service at a highly competitive price.

Our commitment to excellence in customer service is written into our Customer Service Charter, which is at the heart of our relationship with our customers.

We generally do not sell direct to machinery owners and operators, although we do provide specialist services to Original Equipment Manufacturers.

The Taipan range today comprises over 6,500 high-performance hydraulic hose products, adaptors and accessories, which we distribute nationally and overseas.

Given the popularity of Taipan, in 2017 we decided to retire the AHF brand completely.

So, from 2018, AHF and its proprietary products are now known as Taipan.


To create a base of raving fans by delivering outstanding customer experiences.


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