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Brandon Medical Company Time-Line
1993 - Brandon Engineering Ltd under the Management of Les Hoskin and his son went into Receivership in June 1993. Hoskin had been looking for a buyer in the last 4 years of his stewardship. It was during this period that Eric and Graeme decided to use their expertise to acquire their own manufacturing business in June 1993.
1995 – Adrian Hall, son of Eric and brother to Graeme joined Brandon Group in 1995. It took around 2 years to stabilise the business and to introduce basic systems for quality and management.
In 1994 and 1995 - Brandon was successful in winning two SMART awards which funded the development of new technology leading to the launch of the Galaxy Ultra range of operating lights in 1998. Brandon’s existing products were refreshed and re-categorised as “minor surgical lights” to differentiate them from small desk lights. Brandon Medical has since successfully carved out a strong niche for itself with these products. This was then augmented by a partnership with Derungs Licht AG (Switzerland).
1996 - Brandon Medical’s marketing function started when the process of re-branding from an “Engineering” to a “Medical Devices” company took place.
In 1997, Graeme Hall won the Association of Manufacturing Managers (Cranfield FMM) Fellow of the Year Award for Entrepreneurship. This was in recognition of the work done to rescue the Brandon business and turn it into a successful and growing enterprise. Adrian Hall established and led a consortium of British companies including Smiths Industries (Eschmann and Pneupac) and BOC to bid for and win a World Bank contract to re-equip all the hospitals in Bosnia.
1998 - The Company launched the Galaxy Ultra range of operating lights to replace the Galaxy Mk2 range. The new products were leaps and bounds ahead of the competitors and exceeded their performance on every key criteria. The new product doubled the sales of operating lights in the first year of sale.
1999 saw the Company’s biggest ever single order for operating theatre control panels for the King Abdullah Hospital (Jordan). The project was complicated by the fact that it was funded by a soft loan from the Spanish Government with a Spanish main contractor, a Turkish medical gas company and a Jordanian Client, with no common language between them.
2001 – The business moved into their new home over the next 6 months, Holme Well Road, Leeds.
2003 - Brandon won a third SMART (GRD) award for the development of new mounting systems and new optical systems for operating lights. R&D capabilities were increased with the building of new design lab, recruitment of a new design engineer and the appointment of an external design agency (for aesthetic design).
2004 saw the launch of the new Galaxy Ultra mobile operating light range. This was the first product where Brandon used the services of an outside Designer to improve the aesthetic appearance of the products. The Company also launched a new expanded Coolview range of examination lights, the new Amadea range of bed head lights and a new range of UPS units.
In 2005 Brandon were runners up in the CIC Innovation award for Design for their Galaxy Ultra mobile operating lights. The Company also pioneered the use of anti-microbial agents with the inclusion of Polygiene into the Galaxy Ultra and Astralite to create the World’s first anti-microbial surgical lights. Brandon launched the first version of their Integrated Medical Video Systems, the precursor to the Symposia systems. This was the first fully integrated digital system available in the industry and the first IP (internet protocol) based system. The first major contract was won and installed at Liverpool University which required several further technical solutions to be developed and implemented.
In 2006 Brandon won the Medilink Y&H Healthcare Business Award and Export Achievement Award. The Company went on to win the Medilink UK National Export Award. The awards were in recognition of Brandon’s successful implementation of its export strategy and for winning business in unusual markets.
2007 - A great deal of the Company’s time and resources went into the development of HD-LED technology during 2007. This included patenting the technology, registering HD-LED as a brand name. Marketing plans and material were developed in parallel with the technology and the first pre-production products were exhibited at Medica 07 (the World’s biggest medical expo). Three HD-LED product ranges were developed, Galaxy Ultra, Astralite and Quasar.
Sony approached Brandon during the year to be a “Sony Professional” dealer for their healthcare and teleconferencing products. Brandon reach an agreement with Sony for the healthcare products (medical monitors, printers, recorders, DICOM products, peripherals and consumables) but declined the teleconferencing as its existing partner technology was better than Sony’s.
Brandon had spent nearly 3 years working on ESA to convince them to terminate their distribution agreement in the UK and to make a new agreement with Brandon. ESA agreed to this during 2007 and made Brandon their sole, authorised partner their IPS, earth fault detection systems and membrane control panels. A number of small projects with ESA IPS equipment were won and installed.
The Company started off 2008 by winning two innovation awards presented by the Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo. The Innovator 08 Technology Award was awarded for the development of HD-LED and the Collaborative Innovation Award for the development of Symposia.
2008 - The first big order for pendants was received for St Mary’s (Paddington) which is part of Imperial College (the biggest Trust in the country and the premier medical teaching institution). Brandon is in the process of manufacturing about £260K of pendants for the ICU.
2010 – Managing Director Graeme Hall won the Institute of Directors Director of the Year Award for his outstanding dedication to Brandon Medical. Towards the end of 2010 Brandon Group expanded their board of directors by employing Operations Director Mike Rimmer.
2011 – In early 2011 Brandon Medical won the Queens award for Enterprise in the Innovation Category, possibly the most prestigious award possible in their field. .
As for their products, in 2011 Brandon expanded their range of HD-LED products by introducing a 5th range- Astramax HD-LED. Astramax was designed to bridge the gap between the biggest operating theatre lights and smaller minor operating lights. Astramax received truly positive responses from both users and experts in the field of medical lighting and received orders exceeding manufacturing production.
2013 – 2013 saw Brandon Medical move into a new state of the art premises in Morley. With a brand new factory, visitor centre and demonstration theatre, the firm has doubled operating capacity. .
The Quasar eLite was first introduced in 2013; the world's most advanced operating theatre light. The Quasar® eLite HD-SDI system produces an outstanding picture quality on large monitors and allows for seamless integration with Brandon Medical’s Symposia® telemedicine system. Symposia® allows medical professionals live interaction with surgeons in operating theatres. The technology provides a tool for knowledge sharing including surgical skills best practice, tele-monitoring, medical lectures and communication between multi disciplinary teams.
2014 – HRH The Princess Royal visited Brandon Medical, the Leeds based medical technology specialist, on Wednesday 9th July.
The visit marked the official opening of Brandon Medical’s new premises; a facility which has more than doubled their operating capacity. The princess was invited to try out Brandon’s impressive portfolio of products in the state of the art visitor centre, followed by a tour of the factory and finally onto the grand plaque unveil. .