Early 1980s. Two specialists (Dr. Cees Rein van den Hoogenband and Prof. Dr. Co Greep) are examining the functional treatment of joint injuries at Maastricht University Hospital. Together they look for a derivative method of the successful Coumans tape bandage to treat joint injuries functionally. Both are convinced that there should be a simpler and more user-friendly alternative for the patient. How? By designing with textile, elastic bands and reinforcement elements. And so Nea International bv was founded in 1986.
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Now, 29 years later, Nea is a fully owned subsidiary of Ofa Bamberg GmbH and we characterize ourselves as a rapidly growing company, active in the field of orthopedic braces under the brands Push Braces and PSB Sport Braces. Strong in creating unconventional solutions for the protection or support of the human body that enable healthy and comfortable movement. Valuable for our stakeholders by making effective and user-friendly, sustainable and seductive products known and available. Our products are represented and promoted by a network of distributors in approximately 30 countries around the world. See our Distributors page for an overview.
How do we create unconventional solutions and value? Our internal development team, consisting of movement scientists, movement technologists and industrial designers, continuously strives for product innovation and the quality and performance improvement of our products. This internal team combined with an external knowledge network provides a mix of specialists who are constantly looking for new possibilities and innovations in the field of orthopedic braces. Our external knowledge network consists of scientists, specialists and technicians from orthopedic surgery, sports medicine and physiotherapy. As an advisory body, the knowledge network proposes new initiatives and supports them during the development process.
Thorough business operations are at the basis of high-quality products and services. Our business operations are described in detail in a quality management system that is both ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 certified. With these certificates, we guarantee on the one hand the development and production of safe and effective orthopedic braces and, on the other hand, the ability to continue to meet the highest possible product quality. Since 1997 Nea has also complied with the conditions to carry the (European) CE quality mark. Our drive for innovation and healthy structure of research and development combined with the ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 certification guarantee that our products are reliable, based on the most recent know-how and experience in the orthopedic world.
As of June 2017, the production of PSB products has been discontinued. The brand has received a makeover and is now called 'Push Sports'. The entire product line has also been renewed.