The Gothenburg region is home to a new powerhouse in implant dentistry
The establishment of DENTSPLY Implants has previously been described as the creation of a new powerhouse in implant dentistry. The company is the result of a successful marriage of businesses from Germany and Sweden, DENTSPLY Friadent and Astra Tech Dental, thus enabling prime research from both nations to be combined into an extensive offer. R & D, marketing activities and operations are located at former Astra Tech premises in Mölndal and at the former DENTSPLY Friadent premises in Mannheim and Hanau.
DENTSPLY Implants offers a comprehensive line of dental implants, digital technologies and professional development programs. Dr. Lars Henrikson, Group Vice President of DENTSPLY Implants, underlines the company’s ambition to maintain and develop connections and collaborations with regional partners in both industry and academia.
“We do not intend to delay the establishment of additional partnerships in our region. Here in Gothenburg, for example, we have well-established long-term cooperation with both Chalmers University of Technology and the Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, both heavily engaged in research related to our business. Former Astra Tech is now a part of DENTSPLY International Inc., the largest dental company in the world, so it is only natural that we should look to expand our partnerships in and outside of our regions. We have a globally recognised standing point that we could only dream of some ten years ago when I first arrived at Mölndal and Astra Tech”, says Lars Henrikson with great enthusiasm.
Today, DENTSPLY Implants is one of the top-three leading dental implant developers in the world. “However, one must not forget that the strong global focus also brings with it a new situation in terms of competition. Sweden is not alone at the top of the mountain of dental implant development. We must be even more competitive in the Gothenburg region in order to attract the best researchers with the best skills. I consider this a real challenge, given factors such as climate and infrastructure”.
Sweden is a relatively small country with a disadvantaged geographical position in the north, but we have managed to attract top-class researchers anyway. Henrikson underlines that this, in many respects, was possible thanks to our previous success and breakthroughs in terms of innovation. “Now it is up to us to manage and maintain that previous success, and to continue the implant technology development here in the Gothenburg region. What was once built up in this region, initially by Per-Ingvar Brånemark and later on within the companies and academia focusing on the development of dental implants, is our most important asset for global competition”.
A strong will to succeed together
Lars Henrikson identifies a strong and positive spirit in the region at large, but in order to create and sustain competitive advantage further knowledge is needed. “Researchers from all over the world must consider the Gothenburg region as an attractive choice and actively select it in front of other opportunities across the globe. In order to make this possible our regional politicians must take a more vigorous approach to developing communications, above all”.
“We cannot compete in terms of for example climate, so we must stress the positive points that we have – mainly the high level of research, innovation and the will to cooperate and succeed together”, Lars Henrikson concludes.