Weinmann Emergency Medical Technology
|WEINMANN Emergency Medical Technology
|Legal form||GmbH + Co KG|
|Management||André Schulte, Philipp Schroeder, Marc Griefahn|
|Number of employees||approx. 245|
|Sales||42 m €|
WEINMANN Emergency Medical Technology GmbH + Co. KG is a medium-sized, family-owned German medical technology company based in Hamburg. Weinmann Emergency emerged in 2013 from Weinmann Geräte für Medizin GmbH + Co. KG, which was founded in 1874, and specializes in the manufacture of mobile systems for emergency, transport and disaster medicine.
Weinmann Emergency Medical Technology GmbH + Co KG is headquartered in the Stellingen district of Hamburg. The company’s own centre for production, logistics and service is located in Henstedt-Ulzburg in Schleswig-Holstein.
The company has numerous representative offices worldwide, including locations in France, Spain, Russia, China, Singapore, the U.A.E. and the USA. In addition, a network of distribution partners covers worldwide customer support in approximately 120 countries, marketing medical technology to emergency services, government agencies, army medical services and hospitals.
The management of the company consists of André Schulte, Philipp Schroeder and Marc Griefahn.
Founded by Gottlieb Weinmann in Ludwigshafen in 1874, Manufaktur Gottlieb Weinmann GmbH was a metalworking company until the 1960s, focusing on the production of precision fittings, including pressure reducers for oxygen cylinders and pressure gauges as a supplier to the automotive industry. Due to the acquisition of Weinmann’s medical technology division and the brand itself by the Lübeck-based Drägerwerke, Weinmann moved to Hamburg-Altona in 1956 – from then on with a focus on the sale of medical technology, occupational safety clothing and equipment.
In 1967, Weinmann broke away from Drägerwerke and Weinmann Geräte für Medizin GmbH + Co. KG was formed with ten employees. The takeover of the company by Karl Feldhahn and the entry of Dr. Joachim Griefahn made Weinmann a pure family business again. After the dismantling of the business areas “occupational safety” and “diving equipment” at the beginning of the 1970s and with the development of the fully automatic, time-controlled emergency ventilator MEDUMAT (a neologism from the respiratory centre medulla oblongata and automat), the change to a pure medical technology manufacturer took place. From the first MEDUMAT, a product family of emergency and transport ventilators developed which is now used worldwide. 18 % of the helicopters used in the German-speaking air rescue service have a MEDUMAT on board. In 2019, the MEDUVENT Standard, a ventilator that is operated by a turbine rather than pneumatics, was launched on the market.
In 1977, the ULMER KOFFER was developed in cooperation with the then chief physician of the German Armed Forces Hospital in Ulm, Friedrich Wilhelm Ahnefeld, and the emergency physician Bodo Gorgaß. The portfolio was supplemented in 1975 by the electric suction pump ACCUVAC, which is still in use today in a further developed version in rescue services and hospitals.
Complementing the ventilation product line, a second business area was created in 2004 with the MEDUCORE Easy, an automated external defibrillator: this was followed in 2012 by the market launch of the MEDUCORE Standard for specialist personnel. In combination with a MEDUMAT and an oxygen cylinder, the MEDUCORE Standard can be mounted on the LIFE-BASE portable system. This creates a portable unit comprising ventilation, defibrillation and monitoring.
In parallel to the emergency medical product division “Emergency”, the “Homecare” division existed, which focused on sleep monitoring and therapy as well as home ventilation. In the 1980s, Weinmann began selling oxygen concentrators for long-term oxygen therapy. In 1991, Somnotron, a therapy device for sleep apnea syndrome, and a nasal mask for sleep therapy were introduced. The Somno (sleep), Venti (ventilation) and Joyce (masks) lines were created. In 2013, the company split, separating the “Emergency” and “Homecare” business lines. The newly founded company Weinmann Emergency Medical Technology GmbH + Co KG to focus exclusively on the development, manufacture and marketing of emergency medical products. Weinmann Geräte für Medizin GmbH + Co. KG became a 100 percent part of the Löwenstein Group in the same year.
Product lines and products
Weinmann manufactures and sells medical equipment required in emergency rescue. These are ventilators, defibrillators and monitors, suction devices, equipment for on-board oxygen supply, emergency cases and carrying systems.
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- Emergency is a member of the German Healthcare Group
- German Healthcare Group reports on WEINMANN Emergency at international rescue service competition “Rallye Rejviz
- WEINMANN Emergency on YouTube
- Chinese plagiarist receives negative Plagiarius award for copying WEINMANN Emergency’s emergency and transport ventilators
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