Swiss dental implant specialist Straumann has entered a partnership with Germany’s Maxon Motor to develop components for dental implant systems that are produced by Ceramic Injection Moulding (CIM) instead of conventional cutting techniques.
The partnership includes a joint venture company, Maxon Dental GmbH based near Freiburg, Germany, which will develop and produce CIM components for Straumann. Under the terms of the agreement, Straumann will obtain a 49% stake in Maxon Dental GmbH, subject to approval by the German Federal Cartel Office, and has an option to increase its equity stake to full ownership in 2026. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Maxon Motor has twenty years’ experience in CIM for mechanical precision parts. During the past ten years, the company has broadened the application of its CIM technology to include dental implants and owns various patent applications and patents. The partnership provides Straumann with access to this exciting technology and corresponding expertise.
Marco Gadola, CEO of Straumann, commented, “There are few – if any – technology providers in the world that can equal Maxon Motor with regard to innovation, expertise and reliability in CIM. Combining our strengths in dentistry with their technology leadership, the initial goal of our joint venture is to make ceramic implant treatments easier for dentists and more affordable for patients who want highly aesthetic, metal-free solutions. We expect to launch our first CIM components in the near term – providing that the outcome of laboratory and clinical programs and regulatory applications are favourable”.