Wednesday, July 23, 2014

News: Orchid blooms in Rotherham

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American contract medical design and manufacturing firm, Orchid, is expanding its Rotherham workforce after seeing a surge in international orders for high quality medical devices.

Orchid Orthopedic Solutions is a worldwide leader in the contract design and manufacture of implants, instruments and innovative technologies for the orthopedic, dental and cardiovascular markets.

A transaction with Sandvik was completed in 2012 to acquire Sandvik Medical Solutions (SMS), a major contract manufacturer in the medical sector.

The deal included the Swedish firm's 112,500 sq ft facility at Beighton Link Business Park in Rotherham. The £4m centre opened in 2010 and produces and finishes castings and forgings as well as machined implants, instruments and cutting tools. It also included an area dedicated to rapid production and prototyping for the development and manufacture of orthopedic implants, instruments and medical material.

Employing more than 250 people across the region, the business has recently appointed two senior site operations managers, through Rotherham-based manufacturing recruitment experts, Elevation; part of its commitment to delivering excellence across its product range, as well as on-going international growth.

Founded in 1973, the medical devices manufacturer is now recruiting experienced quality engineers to work across both its Beighton Link machining centre and its forge and cast facility near the Sheffield Parkway.

Dave Beighton, general manager at Orchid, said: "This is an exciting time for Orchid, following rapid expansion and growth across Europe and Asia in the last couple of years.

"We have a reputation spanning more than 40 years as a leader in orthopaedic manufacturing, helping our customers develop better products that improve patient quality of life. The roles we are now recruiting for further demonstrate our commitment to maintaining excellence in the medical devices that we manufacture - helping our customers develop better products that improve patient quality of life."

Ian Bruce, senior consultant - engineering and manufacturing at Elevation, said: "Due to an increasing number of international opportunities Orchid is now looking to expand its workforce; recruiting senior level operations experts and engineers, as well as CNC machinists, Linishers and other experienced shop-floor staff.

"Last month the business appointed two site operations managers to oversee their Sheffield sites, and we are working closely with the management team to put forward candidates for the quality engineer roles which will allow Orchid to continue to deliver excellence in product manufacturing to their clients worldwide."

Orchid website
Elevation website

Images: Orchid

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