Medline is a leading global healthcare company providing quality medical and surgical supplies with superior value throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The drive and desire for continual improvement is paramount. Each day, Medline employees are discovering ways to create new products, produce less waste and deliver what our customers need better, faster and with enhanced value.

Founded in 1910, Medline has grown from a small manufacturer of aprons, surgical gowns and uniforms to a thriving global healthcare company by virtue of our dedicated people, entrepreneurial spirit and honest values. Fifty-four years of consecutive annual growth have led to 2020 sales of more than $16 billion worldwide and a stream of new products and services. Medline holds top-tier market share in more than a dozen major medical product categories around the world.

Medline conducts business in 27 European countries, where the company is growing rapidly, and invests heavily in manufacturing and distribution facilities, as well as in our people. Today in Europe, Medline employs more than 1,100 associates, including 150 account managers and product specialists to support the European sales network, manufacturing and distribution.

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To provide quality medical products with superior value to healthcare providers and end users, improving patient care and enhancing the quality of people’s lives.

Core Values

  • Committed to our customers, our colleagues and our communities 
  • Open to new ideas, two-way communication and challenging the status quo 
  • Relentless about continuously improving our quality, service and results, and doing so with integrity 
  • Determined to do whatever it takes for our customers

A.L. Mills, the grandfather of Medline’s founders, establishes a Chicago garment factory that makes aprons for the stockyards.

Nuns from a nearby hospitals approach A.L. about making hospital garments. Resultantly, Mills Hospital Supplies is incorporated and begins manufacturing surgical gowns and uniforms.

Mills Hospital Supply, run by A.L.’s son Irving, manufactures their first coloured surgical gown in misty and jade green.

Originally named Medco, Medline is founded by A.L.’s grandsons Jim and Jon with approximately 185 square metres of warehouse space and one loading dock in Evanston, Illinois.

Charlie, Andy and Jimmy begin running the company, continuing the long legacy of the Mills family in the healthcare industry.

Medline goes International and currently has offices in 20 countries around the globe.

Medline acquires ISP business from Carefusion and establishes operations in Europe, Japan and Australia.

MedTrans, Medline’s dedicated truck fleet, boasting on-time deliveries as well as flexibility and special delivery services for our customers starts service in Germany. Currently, MedTrans is on the road in Germany, France, Ireland and Spain.

Medline opens their international headquarters in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

As a response to the fast growing demand of products and services in Europe, Medline opens a new warehouse in Kleve, Germany, and a new manufacturing site in Bánovce nad Bebravou, Slovakia.

Medline Assembly SAS, located in Châteaubriant, France, opens a new warehouse to meet the increasing SPT demand.

A full portfolio of Medline-branded fluid management products is launched.

Medline expands their Medline-branded surgical glove lines. The addition of these new gloves gives the company arguably the most comprehensive portfolio available in the market.

The first delivery via the Medline Services Prime Vendor solution is made in Geneva, Switzerland. As an integrated supply chain service, Prime Vendor provides healthcare facilities a single point of contact for all of their medical device consumables, from order management to coordinated deliveries. It enhances efficiency for customers and frees up space within their facilities, providing significant cost savings.

We are a truly international employer and believe in leading by example, providing room for entrepreneurial minds and offering an atmosphere of opportunity and personal development. We take pride in serving our customers’ needs and improving healthcare around the globe, every day.

Medline celebrates our multicultural work environment. We give clear objectives and ask employees to take personal responsibility to achieve their goals. We recognise success, results and teamwork.

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Medline has a broad understanding of corporate social responsibility, believing that it spans social, environmental and economic issues. With every decision we take, we evaluate our impact in these areas. Medline also plays an active role in our local communities and we encourage our employees to support charitable causes that matter to them.

As a player in the medical device industry, we acknowledge that we are in a position to make a positive contribution to the global sustainable development agenda. With that in mind, in the context of Medline’s European operations, corporate social responsibility is synonymous with sustainability.

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