Asteral is pleased to confirm that it is joining forces with Medical Equipment Solutions and Applications (“MESA”) to create a unified managed equipment and managed maintenance services Group. The new Group will ensure providers in the NHS and across Europe will benefit from an unrivalled asset management and service expertise throughout the product lifecycle of high-end medical systems and other clinical medical devices.
MESA, based in Switzerland and founded in 2009, is the largest independent pan-European provider of diagnostic imaging engineering services and asset management solutions. Working across 12 countries including the UK, Italy, Germany, Poland and Spain, MESA serves more than 600 diagnostic imaging clinics and hospitals, whilst managing over 2,800 medical equipment systems and devices. With forty years experience maintaining diagnostic imaging equipment, MESA brings the new Group a deep service culture coupled with a multi-vendor service model that complements the vendor-independent service that Asteral provides.
Robert Piconi, MESA Executive Chairman and founder, who will take the helm as Executive Director of the new Group, said: “We are delighted to announce the combination of MESA and Asteral, which brings together two highly complementary businesses and highly skilled management teams. As a combined group, we will be in an even stronger position to help our customers deliver improved patient care by leveraging our expertise in the way that medical facilities are planned, procured, managed and maintained.”
Christopher Langley, who will take on a new role as Special Advisor to the Board, commented: “I am delighted that Asteral will benefit from this new relationship with MESA and Permira which will allow Asteral to go from strength to strength, building on the significant growth of the past 3 years.”
Stephen Hodgson, Asteral’s Chief Operating Officer and founder, said: “The natural synergies that exist between Asteral and MESA will ensure that Asteral continues to deliver cost-effective and high-quality managed equipment and managed maintenance services to healthcare providers in the UK. The new Group will use its market scale and insight to leverage value for money, create new operational efficiencies and drive service innovations as we continue to seek to improve patient care through the effective management of medical equipment.”