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Community equipment specialist Medequip has taken steps to broaden its customer base by joining forces with Dutch medical equipment group Medux.

James Ibbotson, CEO of Medequip, commented that he looks forward to the collaboration with Medux. He said: “This partnership is a major step forward for Medequip. By working alongside Medux, we can capitalise on its vast experience as the market leader in the Netherlands and further accelerate Medequip’s growth.

“Medux has an impressive reputation in the Dutch equipment market, and we look forward to our exciting future together with great confidence.”

Based in Harmondsworth, close to Heathrow Airport, and with turnover of over £200 million, Medequip employs more than 1,000 people. Its services enable individuals to live independently at home for longer, alleviating pressures on the NHS and other healthcare services.

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With a shared focus on ensuring healthcare remains affordable and accessible with an efficient supply of products and services, both Medux and Medequip have strong reputations amongst end users, prescribers and clients. By joining forces, Medux and Medequip will strengthen their services and broaden their customer bases.

In the Netherlands, Medux supplies more than 1.5 million medical devices annually via its brands Medipoint, HartingBank and Atlas Kidtech.

In the UK, Medequip visits more than 1.3 million customers every year delivering community equipment services, technology enabled care services (TECS), planned preventative maintenance (PPM) and minor adaptations.

Jop Pollmann, CEO of Medux, commented: “This is a big step forward for Medux. We are strengthening our position in the European equipment market; a market that is growing rapidly due to the ageing population and government policies to enable people to live at home independently for longer.

“This is something we are very familiar with and which provides significant opportunities for both Medux and Medequip.”

David Weavers, Partner at Clearwater International, who advised Medequip states: “It’s been a pleasure to work with the Siddall family and the management team of Medequip. Medux has committed to further investment which will benefit the company and its various stakeholders. We wish both companies every success for the future.”

The organisations will continue to operate independently of each other. The proposed structure was  submitted to the Dutch Healthcare Authority (Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit, NZa) for approval, the relevant regulatory authority in the Netherlands.

With turnover exceeding €385 million, Medux is the umbrella organisation for a group of companies and brands including HartingBank, Medipoint and Atlas Kidtech.

Operating in the medical equipment industry, it specialises in providing management, maintenance, and logistics of medical equipment for healthcare organisations and private individuals. 

Medux, and its employees, support quality of life in each stage of life by focusing on improving the wellbeing, freedom of movement, independence, and life enjoyment of people with mobility impairment.

As market leader, Medux is a strong supporter of affordable care, corporate social responsibility, and innovation, with digitisation also playing an increasingly important role.

One of the longest-serving outsourced providers of community equipment services to the NHS and local authorities, Medequip was also recently awarded a five-year contract to provide an Integrated Community Equipment Loan service across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as well as a new contract with NHS Derby & Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Derby City Council that will last until the end of November 2023.

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