The company was founded in 1974 by Reuben Vincent, a visionary entrepreneur with outstanding drive and leadership. From very humble beginnings and with very little capital, he laid the foundations for what is now one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of silicone surgical products, specialising in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of sterile and non-sterile single use devices.
In 1979 Reuben moved the business to the premises which it currently occupies, and which has become somewhat of a landmark in Leeds, situated on the corner of Hunslet Road and Butterley Street. The elegant three storey red brick building and adjacent two storey building was constructed around the middle of the 19th century on the site of the old railway works, and was once owned by the Whitely Partners, a highly successful engineering company. The son in law of Robert Whitely, Louis Le Prince, is famed for inventing the very first movie camera, we would like to think that some parts of it could have been created on the Medasil premises, and indeed the first 4 minute film was made on Leeds Bridge, a few hundred yards away.
Over the years, Reuben worked closely with leading surgeons and health professionals to develop and manufacture new products. He established a varied and sustainable product range which has stood the test of time; many products are still in high demand forty years later.
Approximately 80% of our product range is manufactured in house from high quality, medical grade silicone, by extrusion and press moulding methods. Each item is made under strict quality control and regulatory guidelines, and is processed and packed on site in class 7 clean rooms, ensuring full quality and validation procedures are adhered to throughout the process. The quality, consistency and reliability of the products sold at a competitive price, is key to the success of the business. The finished goods are despatched to the customer either directly as in the case of the NHS, or through a global distribution network. Medasil currently exports to Europe and several countries worldwide, including Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.
Reuben passed away in 2003 and despite the passage of time, Reuben’s presence is still felt around the building. Some of the current employees who have been with the company for over twenty five years, and who worked closely with him, remember him as being “strict, but fair”. Much of his work ethic remains – the company is still wholly committed to manufacturing high quality products, always with the focus on the benefit to the end user.
Carole Vincent-Wright, Reuben’s widow has run the company since his death, in the role of Chairman; initially with the help of two directors, Sales and Marketing and Engineering and Regulatory Affairs. Carole had always been involved at every stage in the development of the business in an advisory role, but had pursued her own career in Further and Adult Education. As a result of this, for several years, she left the day to day running of the company to the two directors. In 2011, Carole took a more hands on approach, spending more time on site; and as a result several key changes in personnel were made, and a much needed investment program was instigated. Major and ongoing investment was dedicated to the manufacturing site, and in addition in 2012 plans were accepted to renovate and re-roof the two storey derelict building adjacent to Medasil House. In 2014/15 a further investment of £500,000 was released for the internal renovation of the building which included the creation of much needed staff facilities, canteen and changing areas, a conference room, production rooms and storage areas. Considerable ongoing investment is also being made in modernising plant throughout the factory.
Our current management team and workforce are totally committed to Reuben’s legacy, continually improving processes and procedures which enable us to deliver consistently high quality products to our end users.