Cumbernauld's breast implant manufacturers feel a business boom

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:30 BST on Thursday 12th July 2012.

Cumbernauld’s PIP breast implant manufacturers, the only such facility in the UK, has reported a doubling of implant orders as women seek to get their faulty implants replaced.

Cumbernauld based Nagor, the only UK manufacturer has said declared an increase in sales, according to their company’s Sales Director.

The company says its purchase growth comes after thousands of women found their prosthetics were made of sub-medical grade silicone wanted to have their implants replaced.

According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), a women with PIP implants faces a 15 to 30 per cent chance of their implants being removed because the devices are “clearly substandard” and significantly more likely to rupture or leak silicone.

Talking to the Scotland on Sunday newspaper, Douglas Black, Sales Director for the Cumbernauld-based firm, Nagor, said that in the UK, sales of its safe, British-made products have grown 48%: “What needs to come is cover for patients or clinicians to prevent this kind of scandal ever happening again. There is a possibility it would have been found out sooner if there was an implant registry and that has to come back too.”

Talking to Scotland on Sunday’s Erikka Askeland, Abbie Webb, 23, from Bristol, who received free Nagor implants, as part of a company promotion to give 400 British victims of the PIP implants scandal free or reduced cost implants said: “It makes a huge difference to me that my implants are British made. The fact that Nagor have helplines and all the implants have ­serial numbers added to that reassurance.”