G-Care wins new business in Middle East health market

Apr 13, 2010

In picture is Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI Director of Trade, with Dr Andy Barr, G-Care’s Chief Executive, with one of G-Care's vital signs monitors.

G-Care in Lisburn has won a significant contract to supply its vital signs monitors to a major medical supplies business in Kuwait that services the country’s hospitals and clinics.

The Co Antrim company followed up an initial contact with Warba Medical of Kuwait at last year’s Medica exhibition in Dusseldorf for the global healthcare industry. The company then followed up the lead at the recent Arab Health show in Dubai. G-Care took part in Invest NI’s representation at both events and was also advised by the agency’s team in the Gulf.

G-Care, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marturion, a specialist in the design and provision of outsourced electronics also based in Lisburn, manufactures blood pressure monitors for hospitals and health clinics.

G-Care’s success was announced as a 17-strong group of Northern Ireland companies arrived in Abu Dhabi at the start of a week-long Invest NI mission that will also include business meetings in Qatar and Kuwait.

Welcoming G-Care’s new business in the Gulf, Dr Vicky Kell, Invest NI Trade Director, said: “This is a very encouraging development for this ambitious and quality conscious company. It is using our trade programme strategically to build business in a very dynamic marketplace and is well-positioned for further growth.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen many smaller companies in medical technology and other high-tech industries achieving great success in the Gulf region.

“Our participation at international health exhibitions such as Medica and Arab Health is designed to enable companies to assess trends in the global healthcare industry and to meet both existing and potential customers from around the world. Marturion / G-Care have developed an impressive portfolio of products that add significant value for customers in terms of the functions they offer and in their cost competitiveness,” added Dr Kell.

Dr Andy Barr, G-Care’s Chief Executive, said: “The new business strengthens our position in the Gulf, now one of our most significant international markets. It’s also a region in which most nations are investing extensively in medical services including the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment.

“Warba is a substantial company with extensive business in the healthcare sectors in Kuwait and across the Gulf Cooperation Council markets including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Our success there is based on our standing as a UK designer and manufacturer of vital signs monitors. Our customers know that we have complete control over the manufacture of the devices and that these are produced to the most exacting UK quality standards including ISO9001, ISO 13485 and the CE mark.

“As a result, the G-Care brand is seen as a mark of quality. Our devices have also been clinically validated to protocols set by the British Hypertension Society and the European Society for Hypertension. The devices have also been designed specifically to be portable, robust, flexible and easy to operate by nursing staff with simple on-screen instructions.

“Invest NI’s support for our participation at major health shows such as Medica and Arab Health has been immensely important as we seek to build our global business base,” added Dr Barr.

The Marturion business, including G-Care, employs over 30 people and was formed by Dr Barr in 2001.

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