Our History

Events That Defined Us

Obex Medical was established in 1983 by our founding shareholders Linda Robert and Lindsay Spilman.
  • 1983

    Obex is formed with the purpose of Adding Value, Being Dependable and Trustworthy, Going the extra mile to deliver high quality service and best patient outcomes. Cook Medical and Medtronic are set up in NZ for the first time.

  • 1985


    Stephen Jones joins Obex as product specialist in Anaesthesia/Critical Care. AMS becomes one of our supply partners and annual sales hit $1m for the first time. Obex sponsors the inaugural CRISP (Cardiology, Radiology, Interventional, Special Procedure Nurses) Nurses Meeting is held.

  • 1989_2


    Bill and Gayle Cook who founded Cook Medical visit New Zealand to meet New Zealand customers

  • 1990


    Greenlane purchases first tissue valve from Obex. Obex part of the investigation team lead by Sir Brian Barratt Boyes for Medtronic Intact Heart Valve clinical trial. First Medtronic heart valve sold.

  • 1991


    Obex sponsors the inaugural Tongariro Cardiac Surgery meeting.

  • 1992


    Obex sponsors the inaugural Vascular Society meeting in Wairakei with Key Guest Speaker Dr Colin Strachan, Brighton, UK.

  • 1993_b


    Obex celebrates first 10 years.

  • 1996_b


    Obex moves to new current premises at 303 Manukau Road,, Epsom. Salzmann Medico joins the Obex family with introduction of Venosan Medical Compression Stockings.

  • 1997


    Obex support first Endoluminal procedure at Auckland Hospital with Cook technology.

  • 1998


    Obex celebrates achieving annual revenue sales of $10m for the first time.

  • 2000_b


    Obex becomes a foundation member of the Independent Medical Distributors (IMD) Group.

  • 2001


    Obex partners with Given Imaging from Israel to introduce Pillcam to the NZ market and the first capsule endoscopy case takes place.

  • LR & LS


    Obex celebrates 20 years.

  • 2004


    Obex is awarded 3rd Place in the JRA Best Places To Work in New Zealand Survey and employs 25 staff.

  • 2007_2


    Pieter Wijnhoud is appointed as first CEO for Obex Medical

  • 2008


    Obex celebrates 25 years. A separate Obex Logistics Centre is opened at Boston Road, Mt Eden.

  • 2011a


    Obex Conference and Education Centre is opened. Obex is awarded the JRA Best Workplaces Five-Year League Award for consistently ranking as one of New Zealand’s Best Workplaces.

  • 2011b


    Cook Group Founder William A Cook dies at 80.

  • Warehouse&Logistics 10


    Obex opens purpose built Warehouse and Logistics facility in Great South Road, Penrose.

  • PW-LR-LS-30th-Anniversary_2


    Obex celebrates 30 Years.

  • ArcherCapital


    The Growth Fund partners with Obex’s Founders and management team to pursue the opportunities available to the business both in New Zealand and Australia.