Medtrade’s innovative materials, such as spray-on plasters, gelling fibre dressings and gauzes, are sold to medical and pharmaceutical companies, and are used by the US military and security agencies. More than two-thirds of its sales are to North America, and chief executive Craig Hardy, 53, oversaw exports of £18m last year. The Crewe firm is driving future growth through investment in research and development — it is currently trialling a product that treats wounds and is gradually absorbed into the body.
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