The company said it hoped that this would allow it to target further sales in China and Japan, and followed the addition of two local reseller partners - Lusun Wyatt in China and Nihon Light Service Inc in Japan.

Stuart Gall, chief executive, of MedaPhor, said: "This announcement signals our continued commitment to building strategic business partnerships in our key markets.

"Both China and Japan offer huge future potential for the ScanTrainer range of simulators and we look forward to building profitable partnerships with all our resellers around the world."

Hiroshi Baba, President of Nihon Light Service Inc, added: "ScanTrainer is one of the world's leading medical training simulators and we believe there is tremendous opportunity to expand sales of the system in Japan.

"Ultrasound is a growing modality in Japan and ScanTrainer offers a world-leading solution to training the large numbers of sonographers, midwives and doctors who will require these skills over the coming years."

The company, founded in 2004, currently has customers in 16 countries for its ScanTrainer ultrasound simulator.