Althea (formerly Pantheon Healthcare Group), today announced the acquisition of French diagnostic imaging service provider Sigil. Complementing Althea’s recent business expansion into France with its core multi-vendor service and managed equipment service offerings, the acquisition of Sigil will accelerate the development and adoption of more efficient asset management and medical equipment maintenance service solutions for public and private sector hospitals and imaging centres. Already present in 12 European countries, Althea’s expansion into France will enable the first local market offerings of integrated, vendor-neutral managed equipment and maintenance service solutions for all radiology and biomedical device modalities.
Based in Eysines, Sigil is an ISO 13485 quality certified company providing maintenance service for high-technology Radiology equipment. The company also offers service and installation of x-ray tubes in public hospitals, including capacity to refurbish and restore medical parts with CE marking, quality assurance consulting and the sale of refurbished systems and conventional x-ray tubes. Sigil’s combination of service offerings and their equipment-related solutions will be enhanced with the integration of Althea’s services portfolio as well as its pan-European supply chain and service support infrastructure. Building on the last twenty years of experience providing local, expert multi-vendor and multi-modality services in France, Sigil’s service delivery platform will also be expanded by Althea to provide additional managed equipment service solutions to better meet the increasing demands within the French market for more efficient capital expenditures and reduced maintenance operating expenses over the equipment lifecycle.
Althea’s Vice President of Business Development and General Manager for Western Europe, said, “The purchase of Sigil will accelerate our growth within the French market not only as a geographic expansion but because France represents a high-growth market for independent managed equipment services and managed maintenance solutions for the public and private healthcare sector. Sigil’s team has the same passion for customer support and technical expertise that Althea is applying with ISO 13485 quality service throughout Europe.”
Althea’s global presence and pan-European leadership team will support Sigil’s existing service infrastructure and customer base, which already includes many large public hospital groups. In addition to Sigil’s Bordeaux location handling x-ray tube refurbishment, the company currently maintains a large service facility in Massy, which is equipped for equipment staging and field engineer training for MRI, CT and x-ray systems as well as logistical support for packaging of x-ray tubes and parts delivery. These service support facilities will be expanded and integrated within the Althea pan-European supply chain.
Yves Brohan, Sigil Founder and General Manager, added, “Sigil has for many years offered an independent solution for imaging services that is unique for our customers in France and explains the loyalty we have received from them. We value professionalism, reliability, savings for our customer and, above all, a responsibility for the highest levels of service toward them. Althea shares these values and will support Sigil with the staff and resources that will allow us to serve a larger customer base throughout the public and private French healthcare market.”