HEATING technology firm Inditherm announced a halving of losses in 2013 and said it expects underlying sales growth to continue this year.
The Rotherham-based company has created a carbon polymer that warms up when a low-voltage is applied across it.
The polymer has been used to make mattresses that keep hospital patients warm in operating theatres, Accident and Emergency departments, delivery suites, premature baby and intensive care units.
A recommendation from National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence that Inditherm’s mattress be used to prevent inadvertent hypothermia during surgery has boosted interest among NHS Trusts.
However budget constraints mean it is taking longer than expected for NHS Trusts to adopt the new technology.
The group’s chief executive Nick Bettles said: “NICE have put together a comprehensive package looking a four hospital trusts that have adopted Inditherm, saying how they did it, what went well and what were the issues.
“It won’t change our future overnight, but every bit helps. We can deliver a significant cost saving. The inherent resistance to change is the issue.”.
Inditherm said turnover rose 23 per cent to £2.1m in the year to the end of December while pre-tax losses fell to £77,000, down from £164,000 last time.