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Owen Mumford Ltd was established in 1952 by Ivan Owen and John Mumford. The business began life in a small lock-up garage owned by Ivan’s father. Six decades later Owen Mumford has made significant advances in the healthcare industry and the medical device market with offices, manufacturing sites and a network of distributors around the globe. The business remains family owned to this day.
In 1952, Ivan Owen and John Mumford started the business and began producing medical devices and hospital furniture. Their initial product was an improved model of the Macintosh Laryngoscope, closely followed by the Oxford Inflating Bellows, Radcliffe Humidifier and accessories for these products. Manufacture of aluminium moulds for the nearby plastic injection moulding market also became part of their precision engineering activities. By the 1960s, the company was working from an old glove factory premises in Oxford Street, Woodstock, obtained in 1958. The company continued to produce anaesthesia devices but had also progressed into injection moulding as a trade moulder for a wide selection of goods. By the end of the decade, Owen Mumford was also greatly involved as a contract moulder for the automotive industry. In 1971, the contract moulding activities had outgrown the Oxford Street premises and so a new factory was built for the 'Plastics Division' in Tipping Meadow, Brook Hill, Woodstock. In 1977, a chance discussion led to Owen Mumford's involvement in the improvement of a device to help people with diabetes take capillary blood samples. In March 1978, the Autolet, the world's first automatic lancing device, was launched and soon became a significant factor in the growth of blood glucose monitoring worldwide. The success of Autolet soon led to a great demand for lancets, which couldn't be met by the current manufacturer. In 1982, Owen Mumford entered the disposables market and a cleanroom, manufacturing Unilet lancets was commissioned in premises in Hensington Road, Woodstock. By 1987, Owen Mumford's involvement with diabetes care led to the introduction of many groundbreaking devices to assist with the management of the condition. As well as Autolet and Unilet, Owen Mumford had released the Autoinjector plus the Accupen insulin delivery pen. During the 1990s, sales continued to expand rapidly with the addition of key new products including Autopen insulin delivery pen and the Unistik range of safety lancets for use in hospitals. OEM contracts with world leading pharmaceutical and diagnostic organisations were acquired for insulin pens, auto injectors and lancing devices. In 1992, a brand new factory at Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, was constructed and the company ceased all trade moulding activities to focus completely on the growing potential for healthcare devices for a wide selection of medical conditions. In 2002 Owen Mumford celebrated its fiftieth anniversary as a manufacturer of specialist healthcare products. Owen Mumford designs, develops and manufactures a range of medical devices and disposables which are used by health-care professionals and consumers worldwide.
Worldwide Office Locations
The company has many different office locations around the world, with two manufacturing divisions situated in the United Kingdom. The Head Office is situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, UK, and this site also houses their Lancet Production Division. There is a further manufacturing site making drug delivery and lancing devices in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, and the UK & Ireland Sales Division is also based at these premises. Their other offices are located in the USA, France, Germany and most recently, China. The company has locations in the United Kingdom, United States, France, Germany and China.
2011 MediChoice Award Supplier of the Year
On 5 December 2011, the company won the 2011 MediChoice Supplier of the Year Award, presented by Owens & Minor.
New Website Design
In March 2012, Owen Mumford’s website was completely redesigned and updated to include more information about their products and services and having tailored sections dedicated to patients, healthcare professionals and OEM partners. The website, designed by the website development company, Fivesite, was built in several different languages including Chinese, French, German and Spanish, making the website more accessible internationally.
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