Mainline Instruments celebrates 20 years in business
Birmingham-based supplier of ophthalmic instruments and accessories, Mainline Instruments is celebrating its 20th anniversary milestone.
This month Simon Hawkins, founder of Mainline Instruments is celebrating this substantial achievement and is due to announce exciting expansion plans as part of the supplier’s longstanding success in the Birmingham area.
Reflecting on 20 successful years of business in the evolving optical sector, Simon Hawkins, director at Mainline Instruments, explains:
‘‘The advances in technology and automation in the optical industry over the years have been astonishing, there is now a digital version of almost every single product I’ve worked with since the start of my optical career at the age of 17.
‘’Mainline is all about the products and its people. With the team I have and the emphasis we place on the relationships we build with suppliers, we’ve managed to sustain my vision of providing high quality products with the best personal service and I believe this has set us apart over the years.
‘’As a testament to this vision both the first member of staff employed in 1998, Garry Clarke, and Tomey, our first supplier, are still with Mainline Instruments today.
‘’I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our employees and suppliers for being a crucial part of our success, to reach this milestone when the business is in such good shape and with some really exciting expansion plans on the horizon is even more exciting.’’
Twenty years on from the company’s launch in 1997 with one supplier and a very small range of optical equipment, today Mainline Instruments has more than 20 suppliers, strong links with major international manufacturers and supplies the latest technological innovations to practices, clinics and retail outlets.