Wetheringsett couch maker on track for major surge in growth
A leading manufacturer of specialist medical treatment couches in north Suffolk has just completed its largest export order.
Plinth 2000, based in Wetheringsett, has supplied more than 500 treatment couches for use at the inaugural European Games.
The games are to be held this summer in Baku, Azerbaijan, and will involve more than 6,000 athletes.
Managing director Niall Dyer said: “We are very pleased with this order. It is the largest order for export that we have ever received.
He added: “The company has ample experience of this type of sports undertaking.
“The new couches have already been shipped to Azerbaijan, to ensure they are ready for the athletes when training in preparation for the games.”
But the company’s record- breaking order is not its only success in overseas markets.
The huge order is one of a growing number of contracts that Plinth 2000 has secured with overseas organisations.
They include orders for high-end products such as Plinth’s new dialysis couch and bariatric gynaecology chair after the firm’s appearance at the Arab Health, in Dubai, which is the world’s second largest healthcare exhibition.
The company is selling products in China and is looking to appoint agents in Central and South America and the Middle East to negotiate central contracts.
Sales to overseas markets have been growing for about a decade for Plinth 2000.
The UK market for treatment couches alone is estimated to be worth about £15 million a year.
And managing director Niall Dyer said: “If you could replicate that overseas there is clearly good export business to be won.”