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quality management for medical products
environmental management system
Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series
Living and working where cultures intersect
The Canton of Solothurn considers itself to be a bridge town: bridges are built here between linguistic and cultural regions and contacts between opposites and differences. Baroque flair meets French charm, Italian grandeur meets German-Swiss pragmatism and combine to create a special attitude to life in this town of 17,000 inhabitants. But bridges also play an important role in a very concrete sense: Solothurn lies on the intersection of the most important Swiss traffic routes and is the midpoint between the metropoles of Basel, Bern and Zürich. Thanks to its excellent connections by car, train and plane, foreign and domestic destinations can be reached rapidly and easily. As a result of their special location, the people of Solothurn know that the right conditions also matter when it comes to the economy. This is why producers, suppliers, service providers and research companies in medical technology have formed an alliance to organise events promoting the exchange of specialist knowledge and encouraging collaboration between the companies. Thus medical technological expertise has become concentrated in the town of Solothurn.
Sample production for medical technology
The fact that high-precision industry is at home at the Selzach site is obvious at first glance of the production hall. The striking new building at the village entrance accommodates numerous modern CNC machining centres; the rooms are almost clinically clean; there are no loud noises. Manufacture is carried out according to the production cell principle. Individual teams are responsible for the overall production process – from the planning, through manufacture and quality assurance, to warehousing. What 50 years ago started as a company called Osteo AG has now grown into an important employer in the region. The Stryker Corporation took over the company in 1996, gradually expanded it, and concentrated production competences here from other parts of the group. The Solothurn community has meanwhile become the specialist within the Stryker Corporation for producing screws, plates, instruments and external fixation systems for treating broken bones. The high level of training in the precision industry, firmly anchored in the region, and the technical expertise and high level of automation speak for the site. So it was only logical to integrate two purchases, MemoMetal and Small Bones Innovations and both their production departments, into Selzach’s production site. But Selzach is not just production. About 80 highly qualified engineers at the site are busy working on the development of new products, and surgeons come to the Training Centre from all over the world to practice their work with products from Selzach. It is no accident that the new building looks like a mixture of campus and manufacturing.