Serres, leading Finnish healthcare plastics firm, launches in U.S.

Mon 02 Mar 2015 08:00:00 AM EET

KAUHAJOKI, FINLAND and SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – Serres, a leading European manufacturer of suction systems for healthcare professionals today announced that it has launched a subsidiary in the U.S., Serres US, Inc. Serres also announced that it has signed a logistics and distribution agreement with Owens & Minor, a leading healthcare logistics company dedicated to Connecting the World of Medical Products to the Point of CareTM by providing vital supply chain services to healthcare providers and manufacturers of healthcare products, enabling Serres to immediately gain nationwide access to leading hospital and healthcare systems.

Serres US will be headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts, and will add locations in the mid-Atlantic region through a growing team of sales representatives. Serres will make its market debut at the annual Association of Registered Nurses (AORN) Surgical Conference & Expo in Denver this month (March 8-10).

Currently the largest European manufacturer of suction systems for hospitals and acute-care facilities, Serres has grown rapidly in the past years, with a double digit growth rate. Now used in 35 countries and in more than 40,000 surgeries daily, Serres plans to expand its market share through US sales of the Serres patented single-connection suction bag solution. The company provides a uniquely reliable and essentially error-free product, with a remarkably easy-to-use design.

“We are part of a wave of Finnish health-tech companies that are seeing growing opportunities in the U.S. market, particularly given the size of America’s aging population,” said Tomi Karvo, head of the Serres Hospitals Division. “Our products are well-recognized for safe and smart liquid handling, and we had received a growing number of US companies who had asked for our systems in recent years. The time is right for us to expand in the US.”

Serres had conducted a successful GAP program at UCLA in 2012 that laid the foundation for the company’s US market entry.

“We are pleased to introduce the Serres products to the U.S. healthcare market, and we look forward to working with them to develop a market, as well as a logistics and distribution solution for their innovative systems for liquid handling,” said Geoffrey T. Marlatt, Senior Vice President, Manufacturer Services for Owens & Minor. “We see continued innovation in the healthcare product market from European companies such as Serres, and we are well-positioned to help these companies access the U.S. market. We are pleased to support continuous advancements in patient care with our logistics network and advanced logistics solutions.”

Serres customers regularly tout their products as superior given a number of factors, including:

• Ease-of-use due to the single-connection design
• lower infection risk coming from the safe and easy handling of the suction bag system
• efficient stock management, related to smart design which enables storage in 1/3 of the competition’s space, saving on inventory
• safe and convenient waste disposal with a pre-gelled solidifying solution

“We have used the Serres suction bag system in the Prince of Wales Private hospital for more than three years and like them mainly because they are easy to use; compact in storage and provide different configurations that adapt to your needs,” said Rafael Rodriguez Chaves, nurse unit manager at Prince of Wales Private hospital in Sydney, Australia. “We have also found that the Serres system is the best cost-to-quality system we have ever used.”

Serres’ patented design provides a set of compatible accessories that can be seamlessly attached to its suction bags, making their products compatible with different needs of surgical suction. This makes the Serres product fully functional and always available in different applications in critical situations.

“The reliability, usability, staff safety and patient safety, performance during surgery, product range size, liquid collection capacity and efficient stock management all factored highly in our decision to use the Serres suction bag system,” said Andrea Rosenecker, head of the purchasing department at the Wilhelminenspital, the Vienna Open Medical Institute in Vienna Austria.

About Serres

Serres is a 41 years old leading European manufacturer of suction systems for healthcare professionals. The Serres patented single-connection suction bag solution is used in 35 countries. Serres Inc. is based in Springfield, Mass. More information is available at

About Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI)

Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI) is a leading healthcare logistics company dedicated to Connecting the World of Medical Products to the Point of CareTM by providing vital supply chain services to healthcare providers and manufacturers of healthcare products. Owens & Minor provides logistics services across the spectrum of medical products from disposable medical supplies to devices and implants. With logistics platforms strategically located in the United States and Europe, Owens & Minor serves markets where three quarters of global healthcare spending occurs. Owens & Minor’s customers span the healthcare market from independent hospitals to large integrated healthcare networks, as well as group purchasing organizations, healthcare products manufacturers, and the federal government. A FORTUNE 500 company, Owens & Minor is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, and has annualized revenues exceeding $9 billion. For more information about Owens & Minor, visit the company website at

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