Novair: Oxygen generators, a future solution for hospitals
Corporate Contact - March April 2020
Novair : Oxygen generators, a future solution for hospitals
Located in Roissy, France, the Novair group Novair group (which employs about 100 people in France and in France and Italy) is a manufacturer of medical devices medical devices in the field of medical gases since 1977. Among the systems offered, the company designs and produces medical oxygen generators, intended for for the production of oxygen on site for health institutions. These generators are completed by by all the equipment necessary for the delivery and monitoring of medical gases, from the source to the patient. Although very present in the export market the oxygen generator is still very little used in Europe and its use remains marginal in France. In these difficult and penurious times for hospitals, these devices could however bring a real asset to to health care institutions, although there are still obstacles to overcome. "Our solutions are slow to take hold oxygen delivered in cylinders," emphasizes Valérie BOKOBZA, Marketing Director of the group. However, the regulatory framework has been in place for for nearly 10 years. There is still a certain reluctance on the part of some pharmacists, who feel apprehensive about to change the way they supply oxygen, although on-site production brings better traceability traceability and provides a gas that is analyzed continuously. This requires a long pedagogy! By In addition, calls for tenders do not always allow us to position to position ourselves and we have to face competition from competition from multinational companies that have very large resources, a strong base and influence in the influence in the market. However, on-site production has many advantages that are : no more heavy bottles to handle, no more cylinders to handle, no risk of explosion due to No more heavy cylinders to handle, no more risk of explosion due to the storage of large quantities of oxidizing gas; no more logistical constraints, no more risks of oxygen or nitrogen of oxygen or nitrogen stock-outs and supply chain failures. of the supply chain. The impact is also positive impact on the environment, by limiting truck rotations of trucks, which are sources of polluting emissions, while reducing operating costs. "These systems are of real interest, particularly in African and Asian countries countries in Africa and Asia, where the sites may be very far from sites can be very far from gas plants and may have difficulties to be delivered with oxygen. These difficulties also exist in France. For example, we carried out an installation at the hospital Bayeux hospital located in the city center, which had experienced difficulties to be supplied with oxygen after heavy snowfalls that greatly complicated access to the hospital for gas delivery trucks. In total, Novair has already installed some thirty generators in France. Our objective, in the long term, is to call on decision-makers so that the medical oxygen generator be encouraged and that it be systematically offered to any hospital systematically offered to any hospital looking for an oxygen supply. in oxygen." The company currently operates in more than 90 countries through an extensive network of local distributors and agents. Several hundred Novair generators are in operation around the world in the medical and industrial fields, with innovative innovative solutions for a wide range of sectors (food processing, metal, petrochemicals, glass electronics, etc.).