Tuesday, May 10, 2011

News: Wassenburg relocate to Smithy Wood


Wassenburg Medical Devices is relocating from Rotherham to Sheffield.

The Dutch-owned company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of endoscope decontamination and storage products and is transferring its UK operation from Hellaby to Smithy Wood.

The move, just a few miles up the M1 from its current location, means the company can retain the skills and expertise of its existing staff but also cut costs.

The new offices will add value for NHS customers relying on Wassenburg's technology for effective decontamination of endoscopes, thanks to a new training facility. Some 1,500 sq ft of the 8,000 sq ft unit will become a dedicated area where NHS staff will benefit from certified courses run by the company’s National Training Officers.

Rob Salter, operations director at Wassenberg said: "As we no longer manufacture in the UK, the emphasis is more on sales and service. "This move will not only enable us to improve our training offer, which is highly-valued by the NHS, but also give us access to 4,000 sq ft of high quality office space on the first floor.

"We are also relocating our servers from the UK to the world headquarters near Nijmegen in the Netherlands and establishing a fibre-optic link between the two. This will bring the benefits of free telephone calls both within the unit at Smithy Wood and between the new offices and Holland, making use of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) technology.

"We also have an intelligent phone system which, when placing a call to an overseas destination, automatically calculates whether it is more cost-effective to make that call from Holland or the UK.

"This will reduce our telecoms costs tremendously and is an added bonus of moving to Smithy Wood."

The Rotherham operation was created when DawMed sold its trading arm to Wassenberg in 2009. DawMed supplied medical disinfection machines across Europe and to a number of NHS Trusts in the UK. They also held the contract to distribute Wassenberg's products in the UK.

The directors stated that their business model couldn't work due to cut-backs in the NHS, unpredictable exchange rates and the credit crisis.

Following the sale, the company changed the name to Adalta Real PLC and put forward proposals to stay listed on the AIM operating as a property investment vehicle.

Earlier this year fellow Rotherham organisation Cutting & Wear, took a three-acre landscaped site in the industrial section of Smithy Wood. Rebecca Schofield, associate at the Sheffield office of Knight Frank, said "The success of Smithy Wood is down to its many positive selling points - the great location of the high specification buildings, the excellent environment and strong labour and transport links."

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