Established in 1982, Xiros designs, develops and manufactures medical implants for repair and reconstruction of ruptured ligaments, tendons and other connective tissues.
Predominantly textile-based and made from polyester, the devices are used by surgeons worldwide to improve quality of life for patients who have sustained injuries through trauma or whilst playing sport. The artificial nature of the implants, together with their minimally invasive surgical procedures, mean that traditional surgical repair methods which involve harvesting tissue from the patient’s own body or from a cadaveric donor can be avoided. This shortens postoperative recovery time and reduces the risk of infection or disease transmission.
Xiros also works in collaboration with healthcare professionals, global medical device companies and academic institutions to provide various routes to market for inventions in the orthopaedic and sports medicine fields.
Over 95% of the company’s sales are exported, and a 44% year-on-year growth in recent years has resulted in Xiros receiving The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade this year. However, with great success comes great responsibility. Xiros cares deeply about the environment, and through regular donations to a carbon offsetting charity which plants sustainable forests in developing countries, endeavours to compensate for the CO2 produced as a result of its increasing export activities. Closer to home, Xiros actively nurtures wildlife and biodiversity across its own 4.5 acre woodland grounds at Springfield House in Leeds, and takes measures to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption through a combination of solar roof panels, carbon-neutral electricity and electric company cars.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise follows a number of other outstanding achievements for Xiros, including a five-star grading in the British Safety Council’s Occupational Health and Safety Audit, an Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award, and being shortlisted for the Investors in People Excellence in Reward and Recognition Award 2016. The company, which is proud to have held the prestigious Investors in People Standard since 2000, has also recently achieved Investors in People Gold Standard Accreditation.