Olympus opens technology centre for high energy medical products in
25 November 2009
Hamburg-based Olympus subsidiary Olympus Winter & Ibe has
opened a new €6 million technology
centre for high-energy-based medical devices in the Czech city of Přerov.
Products include high-frequency generators, applicators for bipolar
high-frequency ablation, electrodes for urology, as well as electrical
instruments used in surgery.
Using these innovative devices, not only is tissue removed with 100%
accuracy, it is simultaneously ablated and bleeding is staunched —
making treatment even gentler for patients.
opening one of the most modern technology centres in the Czech Republic,
we have set a further important milestone in our corporate history. By
means of our new centre “Olympus Medical Products Czech”, we plan to
reinforce our production and development expertise throughout the
Olympus Group,” emphasises Heinz Jacqui, Executive Managing Director of
Olympus Winter & Ibe.
“At this location, we’re investing in a highly promising growth
region with a long tradition in the field of medical technology.
Together, we plan to further develop one of the key future technologies
in the field of medicine, and to reinforce and extend our already very
good market position.”
Award for state-of-the-art energy management
The new building in Přerov was designed with sustainability and
energy efficiency in mind and has received two “Class A” certificates
for efficient and environmentally compatible energy management. This
production site is the first industrial building in the Czech Republic
to be awarded these certifications, and one of the first of its kind
throughout Central Europe.
In this new plant energy requirements will be reduced by 60%compared
with buildings of a similar size and design. Compact external facade
padding and special glazing ensure substantially reduced heating needs.
Special heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems as well as
revolutionary lighting solutions reduce power consumption within this
facility by about 290 megawatt-hours per annum, saving an annual volume
of 918 tonnes in CO2 emissions – or as much as about 70 households cause
Solar power generators on the roof of the new
Moreover, in addition to efficient energy saving solutions, the
building complex is designed to produce additional energy; for instance,
the photovoltaic plant mounted on the roofs generates more than 60,000
kilowatt hours of electricity per annum.
With its products and system solutions, Olympus has positioned itself
as a strong partner to the medical sector. Flexible and rigid endoscopes
play a significant role in minimally invasive diagnostics and therapy.
The product range comprises endoscopes and system solutions for
extensive applications in internal medicine and surgery, endoscopic
video systems, as well as special recycling systems and a wide range of