12/05/2015

Socket Technologies: Investment for more growth

Liners in prostheses used to be a luxury. Today they are standard.

Ottobock is investing – especially in the Duderstadt site. But why was a production hall built especially for the socket comfort area? We asked Thorsten Schmitt, who as Chief Operating Officer (COO) is responsible for production, purchasing, logistics and after-sales service for the whole group.
"With the new construction of plant 2, we have made a sustainable high investment in order to expand our production capacity in the socket comfort area," explains Thorsten Schmitt. This business area has been growing at a rapid pace around the world, driven in particular by consistent and dynamic growth in both developed and emerging markets. "Liners in prostheses used to be a luxury. Today they are standard. They connect the individual with the prosthesis, so a good liner is crucial for the quality of the prosthetic fitting," says Thorsten Schmitt.

Liners made of three materials
Ottobock is the only company that produces liners made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), polyurethanes (PU) and silicone, thus beeing able to offer the most suitable product for the large variety of specific patient needs. The largest area of production in plant 2 is the section with the two newly acquired production lines for TPE liner production.
A second section contains the revolving tables for the production of silicone and PU liners. In addition, there is an interdepartmental packing station and office, meeting, and break rooms for employees.
Around 50 employees will work at plant 2 in the future. Some of the staff has already moved there; the rest will follow by April.
"For employees, the new production hall with the most modern technology and equipment is a real improvement in workplace quality," says Thorsten Schmitt. The aim is to create more jobs in the socket comfort area over the long term.