BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions and Esaote, a manufacturer of medical diagnostic systems, have signed an international partnership, the two announced in a statement.

Under the terms of the deal, the finance solutions provided by BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions will allow Esaote to offer its customers easier access to their equipment.

Esaote, a company based in Genoa, had been working with the Italian teams of BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions since 2008.

The two decided to extend the agreement to the 19 countries, among which are: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK.

As part of this partnership, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions will be the strategic finance partner of Esaote’s authorised local resellers, providing them with different solutions, such as finance lease and operating lease agreements.

These solutions will facilitate access to the equipment developed, manufactured and distributed by Esaote, which mostly includes medical imaging equipment like for ultrasounds and MRIs, combined with complementary healthcare IT solutions.

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The agreement was signed in BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions’ offices in Milan by Ariane Govignon (global head of healthcare market at BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions) and Stefano Gambini (group chief financial officer at Esaote).

“Thanks to our open innovation strategy, we constantly improve our offer to respond to our customers’ demand for high-quality innovative products. Now, with BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, we will be able to provide all this with an affordable finance plan, allowing our customers to upgrade their equipment while optimising their cash flow” said Franco Fontana, chief executive of Esaote.

“New technologies have the potential to significantly improve how healthcare is delivered and received. However, these innovations are not always immediately affordable. We are happy, at BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, to offer dedicated finance solutions that make it easier for health professionals to access this equipment, that in turn, will improve the patients’ experience and care” said Charlotte Dennery, chief executive of BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions.

In 2018, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions financed 345,000 projects for a total volume of €14.1bn (£11.9) in 18 countries, in Europe and also China, the US and Canada.

The Esaote Group is a specialist in the biomedical equipment sector, in particular in the areas of ultrasound, dedicated MRI, and software for managing the diagnostic process. The company currently employs about 1,150 people. With its headquarters in Genoa and its production and research units in Italy and the Netherlands, Esaote is active in 80 countries in the world.