Wednesday, 02. July 2014
Princess Sirindhorn visits Ottobock
Duderstadt location also produces for patients in Thailand
The 1,800 employees at Ottobock's company headquarters had the honour of receiving a royal visit from Thailand on Friday, 27 June 2014. It was the personal wish of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to witness the production of medical technology products in Duderstadt. These products are used around the world, including for patient fittings in Thailand.
Ottobock has had a service and sales company in Bangkok since 1993, and in Khon Kaen in the country's north since 2013. The company's third centre for patient fittings is set to open in Surat Thani in southern Thailand by the end of 2014. The Ottobock Academy in Bangkok also trains orthopaedic technicians from Thailand and other countries in Asia in the implementation of modern fitting concepts. Their goal is to restore the freedom of movement of patients to the greatest possible extent with individually adapted prostheses, orthoses and wheelchairs, or through neurorehabilitation after a stroke.
At the reception for Princess Sirindhorn, Harry Wertz, Chief Financial Officer of the Ottobock Group, explained the global structure of the company. Wertz and Ralf Stuch, Ottobock Regional President for Asia/Pacific, then led a tour of the production area. The requirements placed on production in Duderstadt are also increasing due to the expansion of the company's global network. Construction on "Factory II", which is scheduled to begin operations towards the end of 2014, was started just a week ago.
While this was the first visit to Duderstadt for Princess Sirindhorn, who is well-known for her avid interest in technical innovation, she has had a number of contacts with Ottobock in the past. In 2009, the princess was among the first prominent guests from abroad to visit the then newly-opened Science Center in Berlin. Meetings were also held in Bangkok with Professor Hans Georg Näder, President and CEO of Ottobock. Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand's "Foundation and National Medical Rehabilitation Center" and the Ottobock Foundation worked closely to provide relief measures following the severe cyclone in Burma in 2008.
For people with limited mobility, Ottobock develops medical technology products and fitting concepts in the fields of Prosthetics, Orthotics, Mobility Solutions (wheelchairs, rehabilitation aids), Neurorehabilitation and MedicalCare. Subsidiaries in 50 countries offer quality "Made in Germany" worldwide and employ more than 6,000 people. A family-managed company since its founding in 1919, Ottobock has also been supporting the Paralympic Games with its technical expertise since 1988.