Major anniversary for safety manufacturer

Lord Robert Winston at the 125th year anniversary event.

Lord Robert Winston at the 125th year anniversary event.

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A Blyth-based safety manufacturer has celebrated its 125th anniversary year with a special event.

Dräger celebrated the landmark year with a special event for customers, business partners and staff from across the United Kingdom and Ireland at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.

World renowned expert Lord Robert Winston, professor of science and society and emeritus professor of fertility studies at Imperial College London, also gave an entertaining and enlightening talk on innovation at the afternoon tea celebration.

In the 1970s, Lord Winston developed gynaecological surgical techniques that improved fertility treatments, as well as pioneed new treatments in IVF.

He now runs a research programme that aims to improve human transplantation and has over 300 scientific publications about human reproduction and early pregnancy. He is also chairman of the Genesis Research Trust.

Stefan Dräger, executive board chairman at Dräger, said: “It’s a great pleasure and honour to be joined by customers, partners and employees and for us all to share in this company celebration.

“Our 125th anniversary is a great opportunity to underline again our commitment to the UK and Ireland, and to value our close customer relationships and the dedication of our employees.

“Together, on a daily basis, we help customers protect, support and save lives across the UK and Ireland, whether it be through breathing apparatus for fire fighters or ventilators for intensive care units in hospitals. This is the true meaning of turning technology into ‘Technology for Life’.”

Dräger’s managing director in the UK, Mike Norris, added: “We are proud to be celebrating our 125th anniversary and to share our achievements with our loyal customers, partners and employees.

“It was a very special and enjoyable event.”