Opened by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz in 1988, the Havana-based Medical Equipment Manufacturing Company (ICEM), under the Iron and Steel Industry Ministry, continues striving to prioritize the manufacture of medical supplies while diversifying production.
Medical supplies manufactured by the company include hospital fowler beds. So far, they have already delivered an estimated 520 of these beds and continue working to reach 750, according to plans. Meanwhile, they have set to the task of producing another 750 beds in 2012, based on a new fowler bed design developed by workers and researches at the installation, an initiative that will help the country save 30 percent on medical supply imports.
Later on, Diaz commented that plans are in place to diversify production in the forthcoming year, starting with a new line of products including sterilization equipment and dentistry materials, lamps for operating rooms, electrical beds, and trolleys.
After a comprehensive overhaul of company services, the ICEM is technologically equipped to devise and manufacture new products, namely furniture for industries, hotels and gastronomy businesses.
By the end of July, ICEM had achieved 58 percent of its annual production plan, with a focus on medical supplies for state-run healthcare programs.
To conclude, the manager spoke about the importance of devising new marketing strategies to commercialise their products abroad.