The UK-based industrial tech company Renishaw plc has signed a licensing agreement with German dental prosthodontics and implantology specialist BEGO – fully BEGO Bremer Goldschlägerei Wilh. Herbst GmbH & Co. KG – a company with its roots in Germany. The core of the deal lies in Renishaw getting their hands on BEGO’s patents for AM in dental apps.
Renishaw has solid roots in R&D commitment in many sectors – even before this most recent deal they have been present in the dental sector with their 3D dental scanners, specialized milling systems and other products. Therefore tightening co-operation with BEGO, who has been at the frontline of using additive manufacturing processes in the dental sector since 2001, seems like a savvy business move.
Christoph Weiss, who is a managing partner at BEGO, is naturally excited about the deal: “We are delighted to find in Renishaw an innovative and strong licensee. The dental industry is one of the most competitive industries worldwide and the licensing agreement strengthens the position of Renishaw and BEGO. In particular the license agreement emphasizes the BEGO strategy of investing in new technologies and to be a key innovator in the dental industry.”
On the other side of the table, Renishaw shares BEGO’s optimistic views on the deal: “This is an important agreement for Renishaw which allows us to sell and utilize our own additive manufacturing machines for dental market applications, and gives our customers access to important patents from BEGO which is a leader in this field. It also comes at a time when we are introducing a range of innovative processes for the manufacture of dental structures,” said Geoff McFarland, Group Engineering Director of Renishaw.
Based on the recent news, it seems that 3D printing will continue to be a real driving force for innovation within the medical field – whether it be in prosthetics or dental implants. And as for Renishaw and BEGO’s co-operation, we’re looking forward to what this deal between them will eventually bring to reality in the dental sector.