SCHMITZ u. Söhne is now officially a Hidden Champion
The Chamber of Industry and Commerce has added the manufacturer of medical furniture to its list of global market leaders from southern Westphalia
SCHMITZ u. Söhne, based in Wickede (Ruhr, Germany), is now officially a Hidden Champion: the Hellweg-Sauerland Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) has added the manufacturer of medical furniture to its list of global market leaders. This means that SCHMITZ is one of around 150 companies from southern Westphalia proven to be either a top-three company in terms of turnover in its international niche market or a technological leader.
The market segment that SCHMITZ successfully serves as a global leader involves gynaecological and urological examination chairs. The medium-sized company focuses not just on the high functionality of its chairs – design plays an important role too: SCHMITZ uses attractive colours and soft, rounded forms to help alleviate any anxiety patients may have before the examination.
Digitisation determines the future
Thanks to the HD video colposcope vidan®, the current generation of examination chairs is primed for the digital age and features truly high-tech functions: screens and cameras ensure a smooth examination. A large monitor allows doctors to better engage patients in the examination process. As the system can be combined with ultrasound scanners and a central image archiving system, examination results can be added directly to the digital patient records held by doctors’ surgeries and hospitals.
‘Digitisation will remain a special challenge for us in future,’ says Managing Director Ludolf Schmitz. ‘Around 30 employees in our R&D department work on the continuous development of our products to ensure that we continue to set the benchmarks in the future. We work closely with doctors and hospitals to achieve this.’
SCHMITZ u. Söhne currently employs just under 200 personnel at its Wickede and Bönen sites. With branches in Spain, Switzerland, Italy, China and Argentina as well as 80 specialist retail partners in other countries, the medium-sized company has an excellent international presence and network. The firm, which was founded in 1930, launched its first examination chair in 1946.
Global market leaders represent innovative strength
‘We are proud to be officially included in the list of global market leaders in southern Westphalia,’ says Ludolf Schmitz. Over 150 Hidden Champions are profiled by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in its publication, which is now in the fourth edition. ‘Global market leaders give the region an outward boost and show the strength of innovation in southern Westphalia,’ says Vanessa Helmer, industrial consultant at the Arnsberg Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
SCHMITZ u. Söhne GmbH & Co. KG
Zum Ostenfeld 29
58739 Wickede (Ruhr)
Phone +49 (0)2377 84 0