BOTHELL, WA and NEW DELHI, INDIA- October 4, 2007- Sonosite, Inc. (Nasdaq:SONO), the world leader in hand-carried ultrasound, announced today that it is opening a wholly-owned subsidiary, Sonosite India Private Limited, to better serve its growing customer base and expand its presence in the Indian market. Headquartered in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR, the new subsidiary will provide sales and marketing support and provide the opportunity for Sonosite to deliver the high level after-sale service and education programs it is known for throughout its customer base. "Sonosite has enjoyed excellent growth in the Indian market since establishing our liaison office in 2005 under the experienced leadership of Mr. Pavan Behl as country manager," said Graham Cox, Sonosite Vice President, International.
"Opening a direct subsidiary here further underscores our long-term commitment to our customers in India, as well as allows us to better support our distribution partners and to build on the progress already made. We can now offer the financial and practical benefits of hand-carried ultrasound to the Indian market in the same way that Sonosite products have already positively impacted clinical practice in other countries. Offering a free 5-year warranty on our latest products allows clinicians to use their budgets to provide the best equipment for their patients, without the worry of ongoing costs," he added.
"As the recognized innovator and leader in hand-carried ultrasound, Sonosite is helping clinicians deliver better patient care by bringing high performance visualization tools right to the patient bedside," Mr. Pavan Behl, Country Manager, Sonosite India said. "Our products have been well received by Indian hospitals and physicians who appreciate the performance, size, ease of use and durability of Sonosite systems. Our Head Office in Gurgaon, and regional teams across India, look forward to continue their work with clinicians across the country to incorporate this technological advance into their practice." Sonosite India is the company€™s 10th international subsidiary. Through its subsidiary and distribution network, Sonosite sells its products in over 90 countries. Approximately half of the company€™s revenue comes from international customers.
About Sonosite Inc.
Sonosite, Inc. (www.sonosite.com) is the innovator and world leader in hand-carried ultrasound. With headquarters near Seattle, Washington, USA, the company has an installed base of more than 36,000 systems. Sonosite€™s small, lightweight high performance systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high performance ultrasound to the point of patient care. The company employs over 550 people worldwide.