Television presenter and leading scientific expert Lord Robert Winston was among those invited to celebrations marking the 125th anniversary of Dräger, a medical and safety technology company whose seven sites across the UK and Ireland include one in Blyth, Northumberland.
Customers, business partners and staff attended a special event at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, to highlight the landmark date.
After unveiling a new company film, executive board chairman Stefan Dräger - who represents the fifth generation of the family-run business - shared a number of key milestones in the firm’s history with guests.
Lord Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London, also gave a talk on innovation.
In the 1970s, Lord Winston developed gynaecological surgical techniques that improved fertility treatments and pioneered new treatments in IVF.
He now runs a research programme that aims to improve human transplantation and is chairman of the Genesis Research Trust.
The event was also attended by young inventor, James Roberts, who recently won the James Dyson Award after creating a low cost incubator for premature babies during his final year studying at Loughborough University.
Mr Dräger said: “It’s a great pleasure and honour to be joined by customers, partners and employees and for us all to share in this company celebration.
“Our 125th anniversary is a great opportunity to underline again our commitment to the UK and Ireland, and to value our close customer relationships and the dedication of our employees.
“Together, on a daily basis, we help customers protect, support and save lives across the UK and Ireland, whether it be through breathing apparatus for fire fighters or ventilators for intensive care units in hospitals. This is the true meaning of turning technology into ‘Technology for Life’.”
Dräger employs 638 people across the UK and Ireland, working with the medical, fire and rescue, law enforcement, and oil and gas sectors, as well as across business and industry.