WELCOMING Princess Anne to Bromsgrove was "an honour", beamed the boss of a medical innovation company based in the town.

HRH The Princess Royal visited medical equipment manufacturers and suppliers Kimal at its Aston Fields Trade Park base on Friday, November 15.

Droitwich Advertiser:

After flying into town via the royal helicopter, the royal visitor enjoyed a tour of the Sherwood Road firm and learned more about its 'Innovation Programme' and manufacturing processes.

Kimal has been supplying hospitals across the world with customised procedural solutions and vascular access devices for more than 50 years.

The Princess Royal visited Kimal in order to learn more about the company’s research and development efforts, and to hear more about its dedication to improving patient outcomes through innovation.

Droitwich Advertiser:

Alan Press, Kimal’s executive chairman, and son of founders George and Diana Press, hosted The Princess Royal during the tour.

Kimal employees within the company’s production, operational and research and development teams were also given the opportunity to demonstrate how the company’s procedure packs are manufactured.

“It was an honour to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to Kimal, particularly given her interest in our culture of innovation,” said Mr Press.

Droitwich Advertiser:

“Kimal is committed to innovation, and providing smarter solutions; to bring greater benefits to the customers we serve, who are often in a critical condition.”

“The importance of what each of us does at Kimal has been demonstrated in situations close to home, with some of our employees, including myself, receiving treatment with a Kimal product.”