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Celesio’s Austrian healthcare service business Sanova to acquire Menges

Celesio, a leading international wholesale and retail company, announces today that its subsidiary Sanova, a leading healthcare services company in Austria, has signed an agreement to acquire Menges Medizintechnik, a leading distributor of products for radiology and for the operating room. The acquisition is subject to clearance by the Austrian Competition Authority.

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The addition of Menges will strengthen Sanova’s hospital market position in Austria, enabling customers to benefit from greater flexibility and more services.

Sanova, founded in 1946 and with a turnover above €160m and more than 130 employees, is part of the Herba Chemosan Group. Sanova operates for 70 years very successfully in the medical devices, pharma, OTC and pharma logistics segments of the Austrian healthcare market. In the medical devices division, Sanova is, with its leading products for pathology laboratory, point-of-care diagnostics, sonography and anaesthesia, a strong distributor with an excellent technical service team.

Menges, with its headquarters in Gallspach (upper Austria) and locations in Switzerland and the Czech Republic, was founded in 2003. With a turnover above €14m and currently more than 50 employees, Menges develops its business with products for the radiology, urology, pulmonology, anaesthesia, OR (operating room) and endoscopy sectors. With its strong, very dynamic service team, Menges is now a leading medical device distributor in Austria. 

About the Celesio Group

Celesio is a leading international wholesale and retail company and provider of logistics and services to the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector. The proactive and preventive approach ensures that patients receive the products and support that they require for optimum care.

With strong brands and about 36,000 employees, the group is active in 13 European countries (thereof with own operations in ten countries; Celesio manages operations in two countries and participates in one country in a joint venture). Every day, the company serves over 2 million customers – at more than 2,150 pharmacies of its own, at about 300 managed pharmacies and at over 5,500 participants in the brand partnership schemes. With 109 wholesale branches in Europe, Celesio supplies more than 50,000 pharmacies and hospitals every day with up to 130,000 pharmaceutical products.

McKesson Corporation, San Francisco, USA, is the majority shareholder in Celesio AG. The company acquired more than 75 percent of Celesio AG shares in February 2014. McKesson is a global leader in healthcare supply chain management solutions, retail pharmacy, community oncology and specialty care, and healthcare information technology.

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