Drive DeVilbiss Acquires Sidhil Group

Buy adds leading U.K. manufacturer of hospital and home healthcare beds to Drive stable.

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare Limited, a wholly‐owned subsidiary of DME manufacturer Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, has acquired the Sidhil Group Limited, a leading maker of beds for the United Kingdom.

Sidhil Group has designed and manufactured healthcare products in the United Kingdom for longer than 130 years. The Company makes hospital and long‐term care beds, as well as pressure prevention products and a range of aids to daily living for the global market. It is a well-known brand to the homecare, acute care and long‐term care markets in the United Kingdom and Europe. The company operates 105,000‐square‐foot facility in Halifax, West Yorkshire, as well as a nationwide service center network.

“I’m very proud of what Sidhil has accomplished —growing from a small, family‐run business to a leading manufacturer of healthcare products in the U.K.,” Peter Siddall, chairman of the Sidhil Group, said. “Now, with this new partnership with Drive, Sidhil will have access to their global distribution network, bringing our product line to new markets the world over.”

 “Sidhil enjoys a long history of manufacturing excellence, and this acquisition will expand Drive’s existing manufacturing capabilities in the U.K. while adding significant manufacturing expertise to our European platform,” said Drive CEO Harvey Diamond. “The team at Sidhil has demonstrated a true commitment to quality and performance in every product they make, and we look forward to having this well‐known and well‐respected brand as part of the Drive family of companies.”

“Sidhil has established a sterling reputation for providing high‐quality, innovative products and services to its customers,” added Richard McGleenan, managing director of Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare Limited. “With global distribution and over 130 years of healthcare manufacturing experience in the U.K., this acquisition will expand our existing product portfolio and increase our presence in the growing hospital, long‐term care and homecare markets, while expanding our manufacturing footprint. We look forward to working with Sidhil’s management team in expanding our business in this specialized area.”

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