Medasil invests in growth

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Surgical products manufacturer Medasil is celebrating its 40th year with plans for further expansion and growth.

Having recorded 15% sales growth in 2013, the Leeds-based manufacturer of surgical grade silicone products is investing in new technology to standardise manufacturing processes and double its floorplate by refurbishing and expanding into adjoining premises.

The investment, totalling £0.5 million, includes £250,000 for new machinery and creating a dedicated area for the curing of silicone products. Medasil has secured a £10,000 grant from the Leeds City Region Business Growth Programme.

Medasil is also investing heavily in its workforce and has recently introduced an internal training programme developed with support from EEF and the University of Leeds.

EEF is working with Medasil to develop a robust and easily workable performance appraisal process, involving management team training and coaching to create a system for supporting data collection and documentation. In the UK Medasil sells direct to the NHS and NHS Logistics but it is also represented in 16 countries across Australasia, the Middle East, China and Europe, including a new distributorship in Turkey.

Medasil was created in 1974 by Rueben Vincent and is now owned by Carole Vincent-Wright. The £2 million turnover business employs 42 staff and is managed by John Barry Macleod. He said: “Our aim is to continue growing the business and make it sustainable for another 40 years.

“Medasil has weathered the storm of competition from low cost manufacturing based overseas by keeping manufacturing costs down, and placing consistent emphasis on quality and reliability of service.”

He added: “Silicone is a difficult material to work with and there is a great deal of expertise, skill and experience involved in our production techniques. Our products are very high quality, and an indispensable aid to surgeons in many operating procedures. We are working tirelessly to create a highly skilled workforce for the future.”

Roger Marsh, chair of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Medasil is a highly innovative manufacturing business committed to long term, sustainable growth and a fantastic example of the kind of company the business growth programme was set up to support.”

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