Leaders in powered surgical instruments
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deSoutter Medical
 
 
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Company Profile
MANUFACTURING & QUALITY
 
 

Company Profile

Founded in 1990, De Soutter Medical is a leading European manufacturer of surgical power tools. Our goal is to develop and produce advanced surgical cutting solutions for a rapidly changing global healthcare market.

De Soutter Medical produces first class, cost effective surgical power tools. Through continuous product research and development, we are developing new technologies and expanding our intellectual property portfolio. This ensures that we remain at the cutting edge of the medical power tool market, and respond directly to our customers’ needs.

The De Soutter Medical product range is primarily focused on the orthopaedics and trauma marketplace. Our instruments are used for both large and small bone surgery.

We also manufacture powered instruments for arthroscopy, maxillo-facial, oral, ENT, cardiothoracic, neuro, spinal and plastics procedures.

Our surgical range includes both modular and dedicated instruments, with a choice of battery, electric or pneumatic power options.

In addition, we produce a full range of cast removal systems and autopsy saws. All De Soutter Medical surgical instrument systems are supported by an extensive range of sterile packed consumables, comprising the Stericut® line of burs and blades, and the unique ECO Pulse™ lavage system.

Design & Development

At De Soutter Medical, we fundamentally believe in the need for continual investment in research and development (R&D). This ensures that we remain at the forefront of technological innovation.

All of our products are designed and developed in house by our team of world class specialist engineers. Our design team incorporates a broad range of engineering disciplines, from mechanical and electronic to manufacturing and software.

De Soutter Medical has developed close relationships with leading surgeons and clinical staff over many years, throughout the UK and overseas. This has provided a valuable insight into surgical practices, and enabled our design team to test and develop innovative solutions to problems in the operating room.

Whilst offering excellent clinical performance, our products continue to fulfil the specific needs of surgeons and their teams.

We continue to invest heavily in R&D, which demonstrates our commitment to remaining at the cutting-edge of the medical sector. We are forward thinking. Our intellectual property portfolio is continuously expanding, enabling De Soutter Medical to retain competitive advantage.

As part of our R&D programmes, De Soutter Medical has a growing relationship with universities and we welcome the knowledge that these organisations can bring from their specialisms. If you are interested in joining our growing design team, please contact us through our Careers Page.

Sales & Distribution

De Soutter Medical is a leading European manufacturer of surgical power tools. Our goal is to develop and produce advanced surgical cutting solutions for a rapidly changing global healthcare market.

We offer our customers a comprehensive range of quality products, which are both technically innovative, and represent optimal long-term value.

The company has established direct sales organisations in the UK, Austria, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany and Italy. More recently, we opened a US sales office in North Carolina.

The rest of the world is serviced with an ever-growing network of specialist distribution partners, which currently extends to more than sixty countries. If you wish to join our successful team of distributors, please register today and ‘become a distributor’. We would be delighted to welcome you.

MANUFACTURING & QUALITY

Our products are manufactured to the highest quality standards at our purpose built facility in Aston Clinton. Our assembly technicians and test engineers are highly skilled. The Aston Clinton site also houses our clean room packaging plant, which processes our sterile packed blades, burs and drills.

Most mechanical component parts are machined at our world class Tewkesbury plant, using the latest CNC turning, grinding and machining centres.

These operations take place under one roof which means we have complete control over every process. It also allows us to continually make improvements to our quality and efficiency. In turn, this enables us to better meet our commitment to the rigorous international quality standards.

The company is accredited to ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 and all our products comply with the appropriate European CE marking Medical Directives. Likewise most products are FDA registered.

Our History

Start timeline
1883 to 1914
1916 to 1949
1962 to 1990
1995 to 2011
2015 to Today
 
1914

In 1914, Charles and Marcel set up Desoutter Bros at 73 Baker Street, London, specialising in the manufacture of lightweight limbs. The outbreak of the First World War sees an increase in the demand for artificial limbs.

1913

Louis’ second son, Marcel, works as a mechanic and part-time exhibition pilot at the Bleriot flying school in Hendon. Sadly, in 1913 he is involved in a crash and breaks both legs. One leg is amputated above the knee and he is fitted with a wooden leg. Marcel's younger brother, Charles, uses his experience as a model maker to design and make the world's first lightweight articulated duralumin leg.

1883

In 1883, Louis Albert Desoutter, a French watchmaker, settles in England and in time, starts his own business in Maddox Street, London. He has six children; all five sons are apprenticed as fully trained watchmakers.

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1949

The limb division is sold, enabling the business to concentrate on developing industrial power tools. The company’s medical heritage is maintained with the launch of its first surgical tool - the M8B bone drill. By 1951 the company had gone public, forming Desoutter Bros Holdings plc, and the range of industrial tools is broadened further still.

1939

With the outset of the Second World War the company extends its range of aircraft tools, in particular the development of the M2 Mighty Atom corner drill is designed to drill rivet holes in Spitfire wings.

1924

By the early 1920s the company had outgrown its Baker Street premises and Desoutter Bros moves, to what was then, a green field site in Colindale. Charles continues to take out patents to protect the unique features of the company’s lightweight limbs.

1916

The production of duralumin limbs required numerous holes to be drilled, which were very difficult to produce with the machinery of the day. Charles draws on his experience of making air motors for his model aeroplanes and develops the world’s first six cylinder pneumatic drill.

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1990

In 1990, Desoutter Bros Holdings is acquired by Atlas Copco, a Swedish compressed air group. The small medical division is sold to the Desoutter family as a private company, forming De Soutter Medical Ltd. The new business relocates to a 3,000 sq/ft facility in Kings Langley. The M100 surgical tool range and the CC1 cast cutter are now manufactured by the newly formed company.

1970

The company continues to expand and develop industrial power tools and automation systems, becoming an industry standard for the automotive, aerospace and consumer goods industries.

1962

Charles’ son, Roger Desoutter, is appointed Managing Director of Desoutter Bros. Under his astute management, the business grows into an international market leader of industrial power tools, establishing subsidiaries in the USA, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Belgium, Austria and South Africa.

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2011

On completion of a new 35,000 sq/ft facility in Aston Clinton, the company is able to expand its research and development activities. This enables new manufacturing techniques to be adopted, which in turn, reinforces De Soutter Medical's confidence in the future. In the same year, two significant products were launched. Firstly, the orthodrive® system, a high performance large bone power tool, and secondly Lithium Ion batteries, with a unique integral fuel gauge.

2005

The construction of a purpose built manufacturing facility in Tewkesbury is completed, and an extensive investment program in CNC machinery is implemented. The company expands its surgical range to include systems for shoulder, ankle, ENT, spinal, neuro and hand surgery.

2000

The company relocates to a new 12,000 sq/ft site in Berkhamsted and launches the MCX range; its first generation surgical battery tool system.

1995

A clean room facility is commissioned, and the Stericut® range of single use saw blades and burs is launched. The company achieves ISO 9001/EN46001 accreditation. In 1997, the MPX MultiDrive™ modular large bone system is introduced, offering exceptional power to weight for hip and knee surgery.

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2016

In 2016 De Soutter Medical launched their new hard anodising technology, which is ultra-tough and exceptionally scratch resistant. Meaning equipment will look better for longer. The advantages also include excellent corrosion resistance and protection against highly alkaline detergents. We look forward to an exciting future, in which we will continue to listen to our customers' clinical needs and help develop innovative solutions.

2015

2015 saw De Soutter Medical celebrating 25 years of supplying high quality medical equipment as an independent company. However, as can be seen, our heritage and production of precision instruments stretches back some 100 years.

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