Medical firm continues its drive to success

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Elland-based manufacturing firm Drive Medical has doubled its workforce to 430 with the acquisition of two companies.

The company makes and distributes medical products, with distribution centres throughout the UK and Europe, including a head office and a 50,000 square foot warehouse at the Ainley industrial estate in Elland.

The acquisitions include Specialist Orthotic Services Ltd, which is a manufacturer and distributor of seating and mobility products, and Park House Healthcare, a supplier of specialist pressure area care equipment, hospital and community beds, and service and maintenance provisions.

The acquisitions will bring new product additions and innovations to Drive Medical’s portfolio.

The company’s branded products include beds, wheelchairs, powered mobility, walking aids, furniture and daily living aids.

A recently launched product by Drive Medical, an easy rider scooter was used by comedian Peter Kay in his Phoenix Nights Live stage show earlier this year.

The business was established in Calderdale 15 years ago and now turns over nearly £70 million with its products marketed to customers located throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Latin America, Australia, the Middle East and Asia, while it has manufacturing and distribution centres in the UK, Ireland, United States, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, Australia, Romania, Taiwan and China.

Managing director Richard McGleenan is confident about the company’s future.

He said: “We are really pleased with the company’s growth both organically and through the recent acquisitions.”

“Going forward the company will continue to invest in its commitment to provide a highly effective and efficient supply chain to support the growing network of customers.”

Drive also recently celebrated its first year in Australia, having established an office in Melbourne in May 2014.