Need stronger teeth to tackle your dinner? Straumann Holding could make it possible. The company is a global leader in manufacturing dental implants. The company also makes prosthetics, products for dental tissue regeneration, and the tools and instruments to help install its products. It has introduced a synthetic bone-replacement material to help build up jaw bone in preparation for placing implants, and the company regularly invests in additional research and development efforts. Board member Dr. Thomas Straumann holds about 30% of the company's stock.
Straumann's strongest markets are countries where the cost of dental implants are covered by either state or private insurance. The company primarily operates in European countries. Straumann is looking to expand its presence in North America and Asia by growing its sales and manufacturing operations in select markets.
It also widens its product offerings through acquisitions; in 2009 it purchased IVS Solutions, which provides software used in computer-guided dental surgery. – less