We operate in the fields of laboratories, public and private healthcare, animal well-being, cleaning industry and kitchen hygiene.
Our customers include environmental and healthcare laboratories, university hospitals and central hospitals and professionals in animal well-being and cleanliness.
The best known brands we manufacture include Heti, Dilutus, Desinfektol, LV, Servant and Provisor.
The best known brands we import include Ansell, Hill’s, KLS Martin, Omron, Scanlan, Teleflex Medical, Wetrok, Comac, PAC, Lauda, Infors and Vacuubrand.
Surgical products had a strong year thanks to the successful launch of mouth, chin and hand surgery products. Public healthcare purchase decisions concerning temperature management products, electrosurgery and instruments also created a solid foundation for the coming year. Comprehensive cleaning and hygiene solutions made headway in the area of hospital cleaning, and this trend is expected to continue to strengthen in 2016. The most significant launch of a new product produced by Berner itself was the mildly scented Provisor product family built around the highly popular Provisor hand lotion, which has been part of our selection for more than 50 years.
In our laboratory business, the sales of Franke washer-disinfectors reached an all-time high and Lauda products saw steady sales, but otherwise it was a challenging year for equipment sales. We also started cooperation on small laboratory equipment with Phoenix Instrument, which got off to a promising start. There were significant customer changes in microbiology, but sales of Servant products nevertheless remained at a good level.
The launch of the renewed Heti product family continued, with the Heti Kirjo washing detergent introduced in the autumn. The product family’s visibility in retail locations was a particular point of focus, and the new look and names of the products received a lot of positive feedback. In the field of cleaning machines, new products introduced to the market included the Comac Vispa XS as well as Wetrok’s new products Delight and Esprit.
In animal welfare products, the year got off to a slow start but picked up substantially towards the end of the year. Many new Hill’s products were launched during the year. Grain-free Hill’s Ideal Balance products were introduced to consumers at the Helsinki Winner dog show in December to an enthusiastic reception. The most significant new launch in the Hill’s Prescription Diet product family was the Metabolic+ series that addresses two of the most significant health issues for both dogs and cats. In the area of equipment, we began to represent Companion instead of K-Laser and also introduced the Nordic region’s first CTX therapeutic laser products to Finnish veterinary clinics.