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Expansion of Professional Division at Miele

Dirschl container washer asset takeover

Expansion of Professional division at Miele

Gütersloh, November 11, 2009. – Miele Bürmoos / Austria is to produce container and trolley washers from January 1, 2010 under the Miele name. These products were previously manufactured under the Dirschl brand, a BHT group company since 2007. Miele's involvement in this new product group marks the next step in a bid to become a full-line supplier of reprocessing equipment and to offer an improved service to hospitals.

Container and trolley washers are large-chamber decontamination units used in hospitals to wash larger trolleys, containers for sterile supplies, bedframes, bedside tables and other bulky items. Equipment of this nature is being increasingly used in hospital central sterile supply departments (CSSD). As a manufacturer of washer-disinfectors, Miele sees the addition of production facilities for container washers as a logical move to increase and complement its existing product range.

The benefit to customers is obvious as they now only have one single port of call when it comes to equipping a CSSD. "For us, this is a most natural step forward in presenting ourselves to our customers as a full-line supplier", explains Andreas Barduna, Managing Director of Miele Professional. "As we already market our washer-disinfectors and decontamination units to hospitals, the distribution channels and sales platforms for these additional products are already in place", Barduna continues.

Miele Bürmoos GmbH will continue the production of container washers at the Erding facility in Bavaria over the near future. Production will later be integrated into the Miele plant at Bürmoos in Austria. Miele hopes to convince the entire workforce to relocate to the new production location in Austria. "These employees have valuable knowledge regarding the development and production of container washers. We wish to retain access to this expertise in future", says Manfred Neuhauser, Managing Director of Miele Bürmoos GmbH.

Dirschl (a BHT Hygiene Technology group brand) specialises in the production of large washers for hospitals and has been one of the leading manufacturers of container washers in Europe for many years. In the past, Miele Professional and Dirschl cooperated to tender to national and international projects on numerous occasions. Given the more recent focus of BHT on highly automated washing, disinfection and drying equipment for reprocessing endoscopes and for use in central sterile supply departments, it was decided to discontinue operations under the Dirschl label and to sell existing production assets. "We are pleased that such a reputable company as Miele has decided to buy all assets and take over the highly skilled workforce", says Stefan Helsing, CEO at BHT Hygiene Technology. This transaction marks the end of restructuring measures and the shift in focus on which BHT first embarked in July 2009.