August 18, 2023

Medicom celebrates 35 years of healthier lives and a safer world for all

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Since its inception, Medicom has been committed to a clear mission: to create value by providing reliable solutions and services that ensure protection and peace of mind for the people it serves.

Medicom was founded in 1988 during the global HIV crisis to distribute and supply medical gloves to healthcare professionals in response to the shortage of this essential protection.

Here are some highlights of Medicom's growth and evolution over the past 35 years:

  • 1997: Acquisition of United Medical Enterprises (UME) to produce masks and other infection prevention products in the United States.
  • 1998: Acquisition of AMD Ritmed to continue expansion in the medical sector and launch production of clothing and gowns as personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • 1999: Establishment of a key partnership to create Medicom Asia, leading to the construction of a first plant in China in 2002, an investment in Japan in 2003 and the acquisition of a plant in Taiwan in 2010.
  • 2011: Acquisition of French company Kolmi Hopen, a leader in mask production.
  • 2019 : More than 1,100 team members support the company worldwide.
  • 2020: Medicom responded quickly to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing mask production in North America and Europe, resulting in the creation of six new mask and N95 respirator and filtering face protection (FFP) manufacturing plants.
  • 2021 : The global team has almost doubled in two years to more than 2,000 people.
  • 2022 : Nitrile glove and mask filter manufacturing capacity increased to ensure vertical integration and supply chain resilience.

Ronald Reuben, founder and executive chairman of Medicom, expressed his gratitude to the company's staff, partners and customers: "This milestone is a testament to the dedication of our team and the unwavering support of our partners and customers. We look forward to continuing on this path of innovation and making our mark in working towards a healthier world for all."

With its high-quality range of personal protective equipment (PPE), sterilants, preventatives, wound care, specialty products and essential supplies, Medicom has established itself as a trusted manufacturer and partner in the dental, medical, industrial and retail sectors.

On the occasion of its 35th anniversary, Medicom renews its commitment to remain a model of excellence.

We are very proud of the protection we offer and our commitment to providing high quality products remains unwavering," said Guillaume Laverdure, President and CEO of the Medicom Group. We are investing heavily in the areas of vertical integration and supply chain resilience so that the people who help save lives, create healthy smiles, search for cures and so much more can rely on us for decades to come. We're also working to reduce our environmental footprint for a truly healthier world."

About the Medicom Group

Medicom was founded in 1988 in response to the urgent need for medical gloves for healthcare professionals during the global HIV crisis. Since then, the company has grown to become one of the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of high-quality, single-use infection control and prevention products for the medical, dental, industrial, animal health, laboratory, retail and health & wellness markets.

Medicom has been a trusted provider of infection control solutions during multiple outbreaks, including Avian Influenza, SARS, H1N1 and Ebola, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, and has been named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies for three consecutive years since 2021.

Today, the Medicom Group distributes infection control products under the Medicom, Ritmed, Kolmi, and Ocean Pacific brands, among others.