Company

History

Get informed about the history of implantcast.

 

Milestones

 

1988

1.10.1988: Wolfgang Petroll establishes implantcast Feinguss GmbH at: Buxtehude Technology Center, Alter Postweg, Buxtehude. 10 staff employees

1989

Development and sales of BSTR tumour system. Manufacture and sales of dental alloys, production of cast endoprostheses (straight stem).

1990

New Products: Lengthened Long Stem, SI Hip System. Takeover of the company by the simultaneous managing director Wilfried Mohr.

1991

Deliberations on the ceramic coated ACCIS® hip system. First internal cooperation with the company Van Straten, Nieuwegein, Netherlands; coating of prosthetic components and instruments, surface treatment of endoprostheses: grinding and polishing

1992

Development and first implantation of the MUTARS® proximal femur tumour system.

1993 

Development and first implantation of a distal femur of the MUTARS® distal femur and of the MUTARS® total femur – expanding the range of lower extremity tumour offerings

1994 

Development and first implantation of the MUTARS® humeral system – the starting point for our upper extremity tumour system.

1995 

Development and first implantations of two additional stand-alone hip systems: Anatomic C, ic Straight Stem Type I as well as the MUTARS® proximal tibia – further expanding lower extremity tumour options.

1996 

1.1.1996: Jens Saß becomes Managing Director of implantcast Feinguss GmbH. Development of the MUTARS® Filia system.

1997  

Implantation of MUTARS® RS revision hip system; CE certification.

1998 

1st October: 10 years company anniversary. 39 staff employees. 
New Products: WS System, ic RPC and ic Long Stem system.
Number of International Cooperations: 6.

1999 

First implantation of a partial pelvic replacement. First CR stem implantation in Munich-Großhadern. October – moved to new site at Lüneburger Schanze 26, Buxtehude.
Frictional robot for system modification. 
New product: KAI Arthrodesis system.

2000 

First operation of LOAD SHIFT® hip system in Hamburg-Barmbek. Implantation of the thousandth MUTARS® prosthesis. First operation of ACCIS® large head system.

2001

New Products: among others, Angle Plate system.
Change of name to implantcast GmbH including the establishment of a new corporate identity and new logo, new ic company colours.

2002 

August: Inauguration of CNC manufacturing.
First implantation of Cepthar® hip system. First PressFit cup system. First implantation of CCI® Knee System. First implantation of the elbow NESimplavit® system.
Beginning of the project MUTARS® and patenting of the silver coating.

2003

Expansion of the CNC manufacturing.
New Products: Ceraco hip system, ACS® Knee System. New locking mechanism for MUTARS® PEEK Optima®.
Number of international collaborations: 15.
OSCAR award for the industrial price of the middle class.

2004 

Establishment of new sites implantcast Polska and implantcast Italia.
Further development of the manufacturing facility Buxtehude.
New Products: Cepthar® SC threaded cup, Dialoc® Hip Stem, EcoFit® hip system.
Clinical testing of silver-coated MUTARS® prostheses. Trademark protection for the alloys implatan® and implavit®. 
Award: Transfer Award from the University of Münster for the cooperation between implantcast and the University in the development of antibacterial silver coating.

2005  

First operation of ACCIS® resurfacing system and first operation of the CarpoFit® thumb saddle joint prosthesis.
Innovative growth prosthesis MUTARS® Xpand developed.
New products: WinX® revision hip socket, AJS hip stem, Agilon® shoulder system, PB Uni knee system, Metallic® metal on metal pairing, ACS® SC. Minimally invasive surgical techniques in total hip arthroplasty. 
Number of International Cooperations: 24. Employees: 103.

2006  

Implantation of the 4,000th MUTARS® prosthesis.
New Products: TARIC® ankle system, DiaLoc® screw cup.
Further expansion of the site in Buxtehude.

2007 

Development of new products: Agilon® inverse, Capica®, expansion of revision product range with ACS® SC knee prosthesis and the GenuX® knee system.
Co-organizer of the world's largest congress for bone tumours ISOLS 2007 in Hamburg.
The number of employees increases to more than 150.

2008 

Development of the Aida® hip system and the EcoFit® acetabular cup system.
Beginning of the 4th phase of construction. The construction phase is due to be completed for the 20-year anniversary of implantcast GmbH on 1st October 2008. The manufacturing plant in Buxtehude is expanded by 1.700m2.
More than 170 people are currently employed. The number of international cooperations could be increased to 38. 
Establishment of the subsidiary implantcast Turkey.

2009 

Expansion of the manufacturing plant. At the end of the 5th phase the manufacturing plant has reached a size of 4.837m2.
The higher classification of the knee, hip and shoulder implants was successfully accomplished.
New cooperations between implantcast and Australia, New Zealand, Brasil and Asia were founded. The distribution network includes more than 45 countries.
By the end of the successful year 2009 implantcast employs more than 220 people.

2010

Launch of new products: ACS® Fixed Bearing knee components as well as MUTARS® RS Arthrodesis implant.
More than 240 employees are working at the plant in Buxtehude.
Due to new partnerships the network of implantcast has reached a size of 56 countries.

2011

implantcast GmbH bought neighbouring ground to make sure that there was room for expansion in the future. The 2010-built academic training and conference centre officially opened.

2012

Opening of the 2400m2 large CNC manufacturing.
The international distributor network includes more than 50 countries. By the end of 2012 implantcast has established seven international subsidiaries including three new direct subsidiaries in the UK, Greece and Thailand.
More than 340 people are working at the head office in Buxtehude.

2013

New enhancements and expansion of the admistration building.
Launch of new products: EcoFit® 2M total hip system and MUTARS® RS revision cup system. In November the new additive manufacturing technology was put into operation.
On 1st October: 25th anniversary of implantcast.
More than 390 people are employed in Buxtehude.

2014

Since the beginning of the year imlantcast employs more than 400 people in Germany.
Foundation of implantcast South Africa (Pty. Limited). It is founded together with the former South African partner company Werkomed SA.

2015

The distribution network includes more than 64 cooperations worldwide. implantcast products are available on all continents. On 1st of July the subsidiary implantcast Suisse located in Basel is founded. On September 10th implantcast France is founded in Lyon.
EPORE® augmentation implants for knee and hip are available. Launch of the new MK generation of the MUTARS® system.

2016

Approval of EcoFit® EPORE® acetabular cup system. The new EPORE® implant surface is implemented on the stemless AGILON® MI shoulder implant, the RECARTIC® knee implant and on the augmentation implants and defect fillers for the reconstruction of hip and knee joint.
implantcast employs 487 people in Buxtehude. At the east plant a new logistics and production centre of more than 5000m2 is build; it will be opened 2017.

2017

The logistics and production center is completed and occupied. With 70 international distribution partners worldwide, the international presence of implantcast products is further strengthened. Since September 25, 2017, the EcoFit® hip system has been approved for clinical use in the United States of America. The EcoFit® hip system with cementless, cemented shanks and short shank and cementless EcoFit® acetabulum including cup inserts and femoral heads is the first FDA-approved implant-enabled product line that will hopefully be followed by other systems soon. The logistics and production center is completed and occupied. With 70 international distribution partners worldwide, the international presence of implantcast products is further strengthened.

2018

In 2018, implantcast celebrates 30th anniversary. The logistics and production center has been put into operation and the capacity of additive manufacturing has been doubled. Now Peru, Chile, Japan and Argentina are the new distribution partnerships.

2019

Since the beginning of the year implantcast employs more than 600 people in Buxtehude. This year, implantcast has closed new distribution partnerships: India, Hong Kong, Libanon and Morocco. The distribution network includes more than 80 international cooperations worldwide.