£18m investment will propel Swindon’s Synergy Health to No 1 in global sterilisation industry

August 14, 2014

Swindon-based Synergy Health is investing £18m to make it the world’s largest operator of sterilisation plants for the international healthcare industry.

The firm, which provides outsourced services ranging from hospital laundry to sterilising sophisticated medical devices, is to spend the money upgrading and expanding the global network of plants making up its Applied Sterilisation Technology (AST) division.

As a result, it will take the number one slot in the worldwide industry and its revenues will climb by around £33m over the next three years, it said it a statement to the London Stock Exchange.

In Europe it will boost its gamma capacity across its three facilities to accommodate a spate of recent contract wins. 

Its Dutch plant will be expanded by approximately 50%, capacity at its German plant will be increased by 30% and a new gamma pallet facility will be built in Bradford, more than doubling capacity. Synergy is extending its network of laboratories to offer microbiological, food and allergen testing services.

Its ethylene oxide facility in Malaysia will get a fourth 12 pallet chamber expanding capacity by 25% while in the US it will build a sixth e-beam facility in the San Francisco North Bay area having secured contracts to underpin the new operation.

This facility, due for completion next April, will augment two existing e-beams in San Diego and provide customers with additional business continuity assurance.

Construction has also started on a new laboratory in the existing San Diego facility while a previously announced additional e-beam in Pennsylvania remains on schedule to open next March. 

CEO of Synergy’s Applied Sterilisation Technologies & Laboratories, Andrew McLean, said: “We are pleased to support the increasing demand from our multinational medical device customers for our sterilisation services.

“Following the construction of the e-beam in San Francisco, Synergy will have the largest global network of sterilisation facilities serving its customers across 15 countries in Europe, Asia, South Africa and the Americas.”


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