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UK designer and manufacturer offers custom prosthetic leg covers/protectors to distributors across the Network under exclusive distribution services agreement.

Country of origin:
Country: 
UNITED KINGDOM
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOUK20210329001
Published
29/03/2021
Last update
27/09/2021
Expiration date
27/03/2022

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Other medical/health related (not elsewhere classified)
Patient rehabilitation & training
Other manufacturing (not elsewhere classified)
Manufacture of medical and dental instruments and supplies
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Summary

Summary: 
UK SME (from Wales) designs, manufactures, and supplies custom prosthetic leg covers direct to end user as well as, through public & private health organisations that offer services to prosthetic users. The client offers the leg covers/protectors to distributors across the Network with supply networks into public & private health organisations that support prosthetic users. Partners would benefit from exclusive distribution rights of diverse, custom leg covers for that country.

Description

Description: 

This UK SME (based in North Wales) designs and manufactures prosthetic leg covers/protectors for users with above and below knee prostheses. Currently, the company produce covers of custom size and design to suit prosthetic users from 11 years of age and older.

The company has been operating since 2018 and sells directly to end users (B2C) as well as, to public and private health organisations (B2B) throughout the UK that offer services to prosthetic users.

The client offers custom prosthetic leg covers to distribution companies of any size across the Network. B2C and B2B users can custom design the individual covers to suit their needs.

The covers are designed using computer-aided methods and manufactured with high quality materials to produce a robust, affordable, and aesthetically attractive prosthetic leg accessory.

Ideal partners will be distribution organisations of any size (small to multinational) with knowledge of, and links into, the region’s public and private health organisations supporting prosthetic users. I.e. local equivalents to the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom.

Over time, the client aims to become the top global supplier of niche prosthetic leg covers/protectors by developing a vast network of international distributors to suit each country’s needs/demand.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
Partners will be granted exclusive distribution rights of the leg covers/protectors within that country and into niche prosthetic markets via public and private health organisations. Distribution partners will benefit from supplying a creatively diverse product range using robust methods which prove superior to traditional 3D printing methods. The prosthetic leg covers are designed and developed using Computer-Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD & CAM) processes. The covers are then manufactured using high grade nylon and injection moulding to produce strong, durable items. The high grade nylon does not react with water, detergents, acids, or bases; creating a robust leg cover resistant to stress and cracking, even when flexed. The nylon is recyclable and can be reformed into pellets that can be used to create new products. These methods and materials overcome drawbacks associated with 3D printing methods, which often result in brittle products with poor durability. The nylon covers also overcome sustainability issues associated with using disposable plastics which typically end up in landfills. Custom leg covers are not only used for rehabilitation and mobility purposes but also, to raise a prosthetic user’s confidence and self-esteem.

Technical Specification or Expertise Sought

Cooperation sought: 
Ideal partners will: • Be a distributor or specialist limb-centre that has at least a 50% geographical coverage within their country. • Be looking to improve patient welfare. • Have experience in sales and marketing of add on products. • Have full understanding of local amputee/prosthetic user markets. • Have understanding of local healthcare systems, health insurance and funding options for prosthetic limbs. • Be comfortable dealing directly with patients (B2C sales) as well as, private and public health organisations (B2B sales). Please note, the offering client would maintain all manufacturing rights and responsibilities of the product.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The client is open to receiving Expressions of Interest from distribution companies of any size and from all countries across the Network. An exclusive distribution services agreement is offered, and potential partners will: • Be a distributor or specialist limb-centre that has at least a 50% geographical coverage within their country. • Be looking to improve patient welfare. • Have experience in sales and marketing of add on products. • Have full understanding of local amputee/prosthetic user markets. • Have understanding of local healthcare systems, health insurance and funding options for prosthetic limbs. • Be comfortable dealing directly with patients (B2C sales) as well as, private and public health organisations (B2B sales). The offering client would maintain all manufacturing rights and responsibilities of the product.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

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Examples of prosthetic leg covers / protectors

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Examples of prosthetic leg covers / protectors