Effective 1 January 2017, Hartmann South Africa and Sempermed will form a strategic partnership. This follows the implementation of a similar arrangement in Europe, where the partnership has been highly successful for both companies in terms of product offering and supply.
Sempermed’s range of high-performance gloves, both sterile and non-sterile, will be received and stored in the Production Park warehouse towards the end of this year, and distributed through normal channels from the beginning of 2017.
Sempermed is ranked among the international leading manufacturers of medical and industrial gloves. For more than 95 years, it has been producing gloves and has set standards in terms of quality and innovation. Sempermed continually strives for optimum safety and reliability using the most modern production technologies, highest production hygiene and strictest quality checks.
The Hartmann Group’s core expertise is in wound treatment, incontinence care, infection prevention, surgical supplies and personal healthcare. With its headquarters in Heidenheim, Germany and group companies worldwide, the company is in close touch with the global market. The Hartmann Group achieved sales revenues of some EUR1.941bn in 2015, with a workforce of just over 10 300 employees.
Paul Hartmann AG, which is based in Heidenheim, Germany, forms the heart of the corporate group. It is one of Germany’s oldest industrial companies, having been originally founded as a textile factory by Ludwig von Hartmann in 1818. In 1873, Ludwig’s son, Paul Hartmann, began production of absorbent cotton wool and later the company evolved into the flagship of an expanding dressing materials industry worldwide.
Hartmann South Africa was established in 2003, and its products are used in hospitals, aged care facilities, and pharmacy outlets. The incorporation of the comprehensive Sempermed range of gloves into the existing product portfolio provides another dimension for infection prevention.
“We believe that this development will be rewarding not only for the business of Hartmann & Sempermed, but also in terms of creating sustainable solutions for the healthcare market in SA,” said William Kelly, CEO of Hartmann South Africa.