Sonova strengthens partnership with Boots UK
Staefa (Switzerland), 22.02.2013 - Sonova Holding AG, the world's leading
provider of hearing solutions, announces today that Boots UK Limited, the UK's
leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer and member of Alliance Boots,
acquired a 49% minority stake in David Ormerod Hearing Centres, a Sonova Group
company. The move further strengthens the partnership between the two
companies and reflects a long-term commitment to the successful shop-in-shop
business model. Financial details of the transaction are not disclosed.
David Ormerod Hearing Centres launched its partnership with Boots in 2003,
operating shop-in-shop centres within a number of Boots stores in the UK.
Starting with 64 locations, the arrangement has since achieved rapid but
stable growth and today operates over 340* Boots hearingcare locations
throughout the UK. By offering professional audiological services to customers
while increasing store traffic at Boots, the partnership benefits all parties
involved, both in quality of care and business terms.
"The financial commitment gives testament to Boots' belief in the bright
future of the partnership", said Lukas Braunschweiler, CEO of Sonova. "Sonova
is pleased to further strengthen and secure the long-term relationship with
Boots UK. Together, we will continue to provide high-quality professional
audiological services to our customers in the UK and pursue the long-term
growth of the business."
* as of February 2013
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its core business brands Phonak, Unitron, Advanced Bionics and Connect
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portfolios in the industry - from hearing instruments to cochlear implants to
wireless communication solutions. Founded in 1947, the group is currently
present in over 90 countries across the globe and has a workforce of over
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financial year 2011/12 and a net profit of CHF 246 million. By supporting the
Hear the World Foundation, Sonova pursues its vision of a world where everyone
enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.
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