Ottobock SE and Co. KGaA
Ottobock is a med-tech company that has been operating in the legal form SE & Co. KGaA since 2018 and has seen stable growth for years: in 2017, sales rose by 4.6 per cent to EUR 927.4 million, adjusted for currency exchange effects, and the number of employees increased to 7,000 worldwide. The company’s international activities are coordinated from the head office in Duderstadt. A network consisting of sales and service companies in over 50 countries gives the company a global presence which enables close proximity to its customers. Thanks to the Prosthetics, Orthotics, Human Mobility (manual and power wheelchairs, rehabilitation products) and Ottobock Industrials business segments as well as the Clinical Services Network, the company is perfectly positioned and capable of offering its customers a nearly incomparable breadth of products, perfectly harmonised solutions and extensive services. Swedish private equity firm EQT holds a 20 per cent share in Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA. Eighty percent remains in the hands of Näder Holding GmbH & Co. KG, which belongs entirely to the owner family, the Näders.
A key area of Ottobock’s research and development consists of mechatronic solutions for the autoadaptive control of prosthetic components. The electronic intelligence integrated into the product takes the burden off the user by enabling the systems to adapt to different conditions and everyday situations automatically. Based on this technology, products from our prosthetics range are continuously setting standards in the provision of medical devices to people with disabilities. Launched in 1997, the C-Leg was the first lower limb prosthesis solution in the world to be controlled entirely by a microprocessor. In 2011, the global leader market leader in exoprosthetics presented another product development milestone: the Genium – Bionic Prosthetic Solution, which simulates a natural, physiological gait almost perfectly. The Michelangelo prosthetic hand, in turn, represents a quantum leap in upper limb prosthetics. Controlled by muscle signals, it offers four movable fingers and a thumb that can be positioned separately so thSee more