BASEL, Switzerland: Straumann, global leader in tooth replacement and orthodontic solutions, has entered a strategic partnership with Swiss-based international leader in ceramic dental implant systems, Z-SYSTEMS. The two companies have signed an agreement that provides Straumann with a 34 per cent stake in Z-SYSTEMS, and in return, Z-SYSTEMS will receive a capital injection to expand its production capabilities and develop its pipeline.
Straumann has obtained exclusive distribution rights in most major markets for Z-SYSTEM’s next generation implant line, which complements their current PURE Ceramic Implant system. The new implant has a bone-level, two-piece design for prosthetic flexibility and convenient handling. Unlike other implants, it features a ceramic connection screw, making it the first two-piece, screw-retained dental implant to be completely metal- and plastic-free. Straumann plans to launch the new line in 2019.
“We are convinced that ceramic implants offer substantial growth opportunities and will continue to gain popularity, driven by increasing clinical experience and the improved flexibility provided by two-piece solutions,” said Marco Gadola, CEO of Straumann. “Together with Z-SYSTEMS, we offer the widest range of ceramic implant options supported by digital workflows and biomaterial solutions. The combination of our expertise, research capabilities, sales power and global reach position us as a leading force in the global ceramic implant market.”
“We are very proud to partner with the world leader in implant dentistry,” stated Ernst Thomke, member of the board of directors of Z-SYSTEMS.