Positive takeaways for Yorkshire firm following Indian trade visit

Posted on 5 Mar 2018 by Jonny Williamson

An orthopaedics manufacturer has used a recent government trade mission to India to showcase the very best of UK manufacturing excellence and healthcare innovation.

UK General Manager Alistair Wheatley at healthcare firm JRI Orthopaedics.

The multi-award-winning Sheffield business was the only orthopaedics company invited to the three-city mission organised by the Department for International Trade, which included a Royal reception.

JRI Orthopaedics’ UK general manager, Alistair Wheatley commented: “It was a very interesting and useful mission with some excellent contacts made.

“JRI Orthopaedics has a long history of innovation, manufacturing excellence, supporting cutting-edge research and working in partnership with the NHS to deliver solutions that bring about real efficiencies and patient benefits.

“India’s healthcare market is estimated to grow to $280bn by 2020. With its recent commitment to developing 100 smart cities across the country, demand for innovative healthcare solutions in the Indian healthcare system has never been higher.”

The four-day trade mission to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, was led by Sir Malcolm Grant, chairman of NHS England, CEO of NHS Digital Sarah Wilkinson and the Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion Baroness Fairhead.

Delegates from NHS Trusts and health care companies visited New Dehli, Mumbai and Hyderabad to hear from and meet senior managers from Indian hospitals, medical institutes, colleges and business. There was also a reception for HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

JRI Orthopaedics is based at an advanced manufacturing facility at Chapeltown and specialises in the design, development and manufacture of orthopaedic implants and surgical instruments.

Founded on innovation, it was reportedly the first company in the world of orthopedics to produce a hip implant with a Hydroxyapatite coating enabling a biological bond with the patient’s bone and so the prospect of a hip for life.

JRI Orthopaedics’s current expanding product portfolio and orthopaedic systems are designed to streamline the delivery of the best solutions in joint reconstruction, repair and regeneration.

Uniquely, the company is wholly owned by the charity Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK) and has donated millions to fund research into bone and joint disease.

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