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Our company

History

Unimed S.A. is a swiss company active in the biomedical engineering field. We produce and sell a large number of medical needles and instruments for the medical, pharmalogical and laboratory fields and have become experts contract manufacturer in the shaping of stainless steel tubes.


Our Origins

The company's origins date back to 1936, when Pierre-Jean Guisan, son of a medical doctor and nephew of the famous swiss General Guisan, founded the company P.-J Guisan S.A and started the manufacturing of hypodermic needles for medical doctors and dentists in Lausanne.

In 1943, Mr. Guisan wanted to acquire the know-how of the drawing process used to produce stainless steel tubes. In order to do so, he founded a company named Microtubes.

In 1944, a company named Wander, bought 50% of both P.-J. Guisan S.A. and Microtubes S.A.
In 1946, M.Künzli, who was in charge of the medical activities of Wander, conducted a MBO. He founded Intramed and bought back the shares of Wander. He rapidly developed a vast number of products based on the syringes and medical needles. Unfortunately, the sales did not follow.

In 1950, the company entered into liquidation and was entirely bought by a company named Socorex. Following this acquisition, Socorex oriented the production towards syringes and medical needles, which became worldwide renown.

In 1954, Socorex's management decided to sell the hypodermic needles and syringes activities through a MBO conducted by two executives; Mr. Hertig and Mr. Karl Schoenholzer. The newly associates changed the company name into Socorex Medical Instruments, while the activities and manufacturing facilities remained unchanged. At that time, 80% of the manufactured needles and syringes were exported.

Vintage Illustration - Needle with RECORD hub

Vintage Illustration - UNIGRIP advertisement


Unimed's creation

In 1958, the associates separate. Mr. Hertig is taking over the syringe activity and changes the company name; Socorex Instruments Médicaux becomes Socorex-Isba. Mr. Schoenholzer creates Unimed S.A. and is taking over the medical needles activity.

Under his leadership, Unimed S.A. developed the catalogue of medical needles proposed to the healthcare professionals and reinforces its activities regarding surgical suture needles, which started in 1951 with Socorex, as well as veterinary needles that integrates and complements the catalogue. By that time, the needles made by Unimed are sold in more than 70 countries.

In 1981, the son of Karl Schoenholzer, Mr. Patrick Schoenholzer joins the company. In the late 1980s, the fears regarding AIDS virus will lead to a rapid decline of the sales of reusable medical products. The activity of the company has to be reconsidered.

The whole range of the products produced until that time are considered as standard products from the field. It is decided to start a new activity by using the company's know-how in the field of stainless steel tube working and shaping. This new activity has major impacts for Unimed, that not only is a manufacturer, but also becomes a contract manufacturer for new clients in the fields of medical device, pharmaceutical or laboratories.

Today, Unimed possesses more than 1'500 active customers, spread across more than 70 countries. The customized products have become the main activity of the company and Unimed a strategic partner to answer technical, logistical and economical imperatives of each product manufactured for a world-renown clientele.

 Karl Schoenholzer - Founder of Unimed, 1958


Chronology

2016

January 2016

Unimed produces more than 5'000 customised products, exported in more than 70 countries, and its active client portfolio has more than 1'500 customers in the medical and pharmaceutical fields.

1997

October 1997

Unimed has been certified according to ISO 13485 and 9001 for the production of medical and veterinary needles, connectors & stopcocks, surgical suture needles and for the customization and shaping of stainless steel tubing as well as other metals.

1988

January 1988

Patrick Schoenholzer takes over the management of the company and orients it toward customized products and stainless steel tube shaping of medical precision

1958

March 1958

Karl Schoenholzer founded Unimed by taking over the activities concerning medical needles from Socorex.

1950

July 1950

Socorex SA acquires Intramed SA.

1943

May 1943

The company Wander acquires PJGuisan SA and regroups its activity under the company name Intramed SA.

1936

March 1936

Pierre-Jean Guisan, nephew of the famous General Henri Guisan, founded PJGuisan SA and started the manufacturing of hypodermic medical needles.

International activities

Over the last 50 years, we have developped our logistical partnerships allowing us to rapidly ship and deliver your product worldwide within 5 days. Here is the map of the countries where we currently regularly export.

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Key Figures
130
Highly qualified personnel
3'000
m² state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Lausanne, Switzerland
58
Years of expertise
80%
Exported products
1'500
Active customers
5'000
Customized products
70
Served countries
550'000
Meters of stock tubing and wire
Our Strengths

One face to the customer 

A single contact person will assist you along the the manufacturing processs, and handle your commercial as well as technical or regulatory requests. Out technico-commercial team speaks fluently german, english, french and spanish and will answer your questions and requests in a timerly manner. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Flexibility

Our size and diversifed production apparatus allows us to rapidly adapt to your needs and produce in tight deadline

Customised solutions

With more than 5'000 customized products manufactured over the last decades, Unimed has acquired an important experience in the machining and shaping of stainless steel cannulas and has become a strategic partner for your corresponding needs.

Accelerated production start

With more than 550'000 meters of raw material in stock, we are able to start the production right away to allow for important lead time reduction.

Just in Time

Upon request, Unimed may hold a stock of finished products on site and deliver it worldwide within few days.