drive logo_croppedExpands Presence in Specialised Seating Market

Drive Medical Limited, a leading manufacturer and distributor of durable medical equipment in Europe, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Specialised Orthotic Services Ltd (SOS), an innovative manufacturer and distributor of specialised seating and mobility products, effective January 23, 2015.  Drive Medical Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Drive Medical.

Established in 1980 by its founder and current Managing Director, Gordon McQuilton MBE, SOS provides innovative specialised seating systems and other rehabilitation products to aid mobility and daily living. Recognised as experts in the complex area of postural management, SOS has established itself as the leader in its field.  Drive Medical Limited also acquired the manufacturing and distribution facility of SOS located in Staffordshire, England.

Harvey P. Diamond, Chairman and CEO of Drive Medical states, “The acquisition of Specialised Orthotic Services extends our already significant presence in Europe and expands our portfolio of products in the specialised seating and rehabilitation market.  The research and development team at SOS continually develops new products and services for customers to use in their homes and communities.  This is a strategic acquisition for the Drive family of companies, and complements Drive’s U.S. Wenzelite line of mobility and seating products for children and adults.  With the acquisition of SOS, Drive Medical has acquired a seasoned management team under the outstanding leadership of Gordon McQuilton MBE.”

Richard McGleenan, Managing Director of Drive Medical Limited said, “SOS was the first dedicated specialised seating company in the U.K., and its reputation for providing innovative products and quality of service was a strong factor in Drive’s decision to acquire the Company. Products such as the ‘P’ Pod, Nessie and the wide range of postural seating systems will enhance our global product offering in this market segment.  We are confident that we will achieve additional growth in this area through the introduction of Drive’s complementary product lines to the SOS customers.  We look forward to working with Gordon and his team to develop our business in this specialised area.”

“Here at Specialised Orthotic Services we put our customers and clients at the heart of everything we do.  Our passion is to provide an effective and caring service and we are very proud of the excellent reputation we have achieved over the past 30-plus years,” Gordon McQuilton MBE, Managing Director of SOS, comments.   “We are absolutely thrilled to be starting a new and exciting chapter as part of the Drive Medical family of companies.  We believe the partnership will allow our organisation to thrive in new and current markets with the additional resources that Drive will provide, ensuring our customers’ expectations are always exceeded.”

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.