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New Market Study Published: Richard Wolf GmbH Market Share Analysis

GlobalData’s new report, “Richard Wolf GmbH Market Share Analysis” provides in-depth information on Richard Wolf GmbH’s market position in the different medical equipment markets it operates in. The report provides Richard Wolf GmbH market share information in two key market categories – Rigid Endoscopes and Flexible Endoscopes. The report also provides data and information on the overall competitive landscape of the markets, the company operates in. The report is supplemented with global corporate-level profile with information on the company’s business segments, major products and services, competitors, locations and subsidiaries, financial deals and other key developments.

This report is built using data and information sourced from proprietary databases, primary and secondary research and in-house analysis by GlobalData’s team of industry experts.

Scope

– Global company shares (in Revenues) information for the key markets Richard Wolf GmbH operates in – Endoscopy Devices.
– Richard Wolf GmbH’s company shares (in Revenues) information for all the key countries the company has presence in – India, Australia, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Mexico, United States and Brazil.
– Richard Wolf GmbH’s company shares (in Revenues) information for all the key market categories the company has presence in – Rigid Endoscopes and Flexible Endoscopes.
– All the key data-points are for 2012 and cover all the key regions – North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa and South and Central America.
– Global corporate-level profile with information on the company’s business segments, major products and services, competitors, and locations and subsidiaries.
– The company profile is also supplemented with a SWOT Analysis with in-depth information and analysis of the company’s value proposition and the business climate it operates in..
– Comprehensive coverage of the latest financial deals involving the company and its subsidiaries.

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Reasons to Get This Report

– Develop sales and marketing strategies by identifying who-stands-where in the markets, Richard Wolf GmbH operates in.
– Plan your competition strategies by identifying the company’s shares in the markets and geographic regions it operates in.
– Design your own inorganic growth and business-collaboration strategies by understanding the financial deals your competitors are involved in.
– Advance your understanding of the competitive landscape and the competitors by leveraging on the data and information provided in the report.
– Support your overall business strategies by leveraging on the key data and information provided in the report, which includes but not limited to Richard Wolf GmbH’s market positions.

Companies Mentioned in this Report: Hologic, Inc., Hoya Corporation, Given Imaging Ltd., Fujifilm Holdings Corporation, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., Welch Allyn Inc., Olympus Corporation, KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG

Richard Wolf – High-Quality Endoscopic Products

Richard Wolf GmbH one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality products for endoscopic diagnosis and therapy in human medicine and veterinary medicine. They are very proud to provide solutions within the Human Medicine field as well as individual solutions in the fields of ESWL / ESWT and for industrial applications.
As a full-range supplier in endoscopy, Richard Wolf GmbH has a workforce of 1400 highly qualified employees. Richard Wolf with its parent company based in Germany, has 7 subsidiaries, and 120 regional offices worldwide.
Their rigid and flexible endoscopes are used in the disciplines of arthroscopy, surgery, gastroenterology, gynecology, laparoscopy, ENT, neuroendoscopy, thoracoscopy, urology and visualization. They have a track record of success spanning 100 years in this sophisticated area of precision engineering.

Richard Wolf USA and MAQUET Launch OR Integration Sales Partnership

Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. and MAQUET have formally launched a non-exclusive sales partnership in the United States. This partnership allows both companies to offer complete, high-quality OR integration solutions in the endoscopy market.

Both Richard Wolf and MAQUET command considerable market share in their respective areas of expertise. Richard Wolf is one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of endoscopic systems, providing best-in-class integrated solutions for minimally invasive surgery for all major surgical disciplines. MAQUET offers a full range of products for the OR from tables, lights and ceiling supply units to intraoperative media management.

The modern OR is a highly technical environment consisting of many complex devices that must seamlessly work together to allow the OR staff to perform safe, high-quality surgery. Furthermore, ORs are part of the larger hospital IT landscape where exchanging data in and out of hospital networks, such as clinical information and picture archiving, is of increasing importance. The Richard Wolf and MAQUET partnership address these challenges by providing an integrated system that makes device management and information routing user friendly and efficient.

The launch of this partnership introduces the integration of Richard Wolf’s endoscopy video platform, including the device control solution CORE control, into MAQUET’s TEGRIS system for OR integration. This combined solution will significantly improve intraoperative efficiency by streamlining device control and overall OR management thus potentially decreasing procedure time and providing a safer setting by allowing the OR staff to focus on their primary tasks.

“This new partnership allows us to extend our leadership in the operating theater by providing our customers with a complete, high-quality, turnkey OR integration solution for the endoscopy market,” says Raoul Quintero, president of MAQUET Medical Systems USA. “We believe this combined solution will significantly improve intraoperative efficiency by streamlining device integration and overall OR management, thus potentially decreasing procedure time and providing a safer setting by allowing the OR staff to focus on their primary tasks.”

“This partnership is a fantastic way to provide our customers with a complete turnkey solution, ranging from state-of-the-art endoscopic video equipment to premium quality endoscopes for minimally invasive surgeries. Moreover, having access to all the MAQUET and Richard Wolf devices from one central touch screen monitor will increase the efficiency in the operating room,” says Christian Zimmer, Business Development Manager, Integration and Video Technology, Richard Wolf.

Richard Wolf USA and MAQUET Launch OR Integration Sales Partnership

Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp. and MAQUET have formally launched a non-exclusive sales partnership in the United States. This partnership allows both companies to offer complete, high-quality OR integration solutions in the endoscopy market.

Both Richard Wolf and MAQUET command considerable market share in their respective areas of expertise. Richard Wolf is one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of endoscopic systems, providing best-in-class integrated solutions for minimally invasive surgery for all major surgical disciplines. MAQUET offers a full range of products for the OR from tables, lights and ceiling supply units to intraoperative media management.

The modern OR is a highly technical environment consisting of many complex devices that must seamlessly work together to allow the OR staff to perform safe, high-quality surgery. Furthermore, ORs are part of the larger hospital IT landscape where exchanging data in and out of hospital networks, such as clinical information and picture archiving, is of increasing importance. The Richard Wolf and MAQUET partnership address these challenges by providing an integrated system that makes device management and information routing user friendly and efficient.

The launch of this partnership introduces the integration of Richard Wolf’s endoscopy video platform, including the device control solution CORE control, into MAQUET’s TEGRIS system for OR integration. This combined solution will significantly improve intraoperative efficiency by streamlining device control and overall OR management thus potentially decreasing procedure time and providing a safer setting by allowing the OR staff to focus on their primary tasks.

“This new partnership allows us to extend our leadership in the operating theater by providing our customers with a complete, high-quality, turnkey OR integration solution for the endoscopy market,” says Raoul Quintero, president of MAQUET Medical Systems USA. “We believe this combined solution will significantly improve intraoperative efficiency by streamlining device integration and overall OR management, thus potentially decreasing procedure time and providing a safer setting by allowing the OR staff to focus on their primary tasks.”

“This partnership is a fantastic way to provide our customers with a complete turnkey solution, ranging from state-of-the-art endoscopic video equipment to premium quality endoscopes for minimally invasive surgeries. Moreover, having access to all the MAQUET and Richard Wolf devices from one central touch screen monitor will increase the efficiency in the operating room,” says Christian Zimmer, Business Development Manager, Integration and Video Technology, Richard Wolf.

Richard Wolf medical technology manufacturer of high-quality products for endoscopic diagnostic and therapy

Richard Wolf GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality products for endoscopic diagnostic and therapy in human medicine and veterinary medicine.
Our company based in Knittlingen also provides individual solutions in the fields of ESWL and ESWT as well as solutions for industrial applications.
As a full-range supplier in endoscopy we have a workforce of 1400 highly qualified employees. We operate as an innovative international Group with 7 subsidiaries and 137 regional offices worldwide.
Our rigid and flexible endoscopes are used in the disciplines of arthroscopy, surgery, gastroenterology, gynecology, laparoscopy, ENT, neuroendoscopy, thoracoscopy, urology and visualization. The endoscope is the centre of our success spanning more than 100 years in this sophisticated area of precision engineering.

ENDOSCOPES – DIFFERENT TYPES

ENDOSCOPES FOR THE RIGHT VIEW

Today, endoscopes are devices used in medicine, industrial production and research. These devices are often connected to a powerful light source and have recently also been equipped with integrated LED light sources. This allows difficult-to-access areas and narrow hollow spaces to be illuminated and viewed. Endoscopes for industrial use are equipped with light cables and are often also fitted with tools.

ENDOSCOPES IN HUMAN MEDICINE

Endoscopes play an important role in medicine. Endoscopes were developed specifically for medical diagnostics and therapy. Endoscopes can be used to illuminate, examine and document difficult-to-access areas and other body regions to facilitate diagnosis of hidden diseases. Endoscopes assist in enhancing the planning and preparation of invasive operations. These telescopes are used to examine the upper and lower respiratory tract, and the gastrointestinal tract (gastroenterology). Endoscopes are also ideal for examining joints (arthroscopy). These benefits mean that endoscopic devices have now become an indispensable tool in the armory of modern medicine. Especially when invasive surgery is being considered, the use of endoscopes has a clear advantage for the patient and the surgeon. Interventions in the patient can often be carried out in a short time and in many cases completely free of pain. Most doctors today are familiar with these devices and working with endoscopes is a routine experience for medical specialists. However, the endoscopes used in industrial production, leisure activities, or research are not suited for medical applications. Medical use requires superior-grade materials that are also biocompatible.

RIGID ENDOSCOPE

In rigid endoscopes the optical system consists of a series of prisms and lenses. The main components are:

Objective / lens – for image formation
Rod lense system – for image transport
Ocular lense – for image magnification

Rigid endoscope with light cable
FLEXIBLE ENDOSCOPE / FIBER ENDOSCOPE

The flexible endoscope or fiber endoscope is an endoscope, usually with an integrated working channel. The optical system used in this type of endoscope consists of fiber glass bundles. It allows a better overview of areas that are otherwise difficult to access, and offers improved brightness.

New is our CCD LED Cystoscope with integreated LED light source.

Flexible CCD LED Cystoscope from Richard Wolf
“CHIP ON THE TIP” CCD ENDOSCOPE

The CCD endoscope is a further development of the fiber endoscope. It features a miniaturized CCD chip at its tip which allows the image to be transmitted to a monitor. The advantage of this new generation of endoscopes is its superior depth of field. Tiresome refocusing for close-ups and overview images is no longer required.

EYEMAX CCD endoscope from Richard Wolf
EYEMAX CCD endoscope from Richard Wolf
OPERATING ENDOSCOPES

In addition, operating endoscopes are equipped with irrigation and suction channels as well as channels for inserting special instruments such as, for example, biopsy forceps to obtain tissue samples.

Equipped with these additional features, endoscopes in general do not exceed diameters of 14 mm. The thinnest endoscopes used for example in pediatrics, measure only 1.9 mm in diameter. Depending on its use and medical discipline, an endoscope may be between 4 cm and 200 cm long.

Endoscope with irrigation and suction port, light cable and forcepes
INDUSTRIAL ENDOSCOPES AND TECHNOSCOPES

The right equipment provides endoscopic access even to areas that are difficult to reach.
Endoscopes can be used to mount additional parts or carry out maintenance and repair work in areas with angled accesses, complex configurations, narrow pipe systems and under similar conditions. Endoscopes come in different sizes and varying diameters and lengths. If required, additional cameras or light sources can be attached using adapters. The industrial and craft sectors deploy endoscopes perfectly suited to examining pipes such as car exhaust systems, and other lines, ducts or cavities. Additional pictures taken of the illuminated areas can be used for documenting the inside of systems that are difficult to access. This also enables expert reports to be generated and hidden defects can be located. Endoscopic technology has advanced to a level that permits photos to be taken and complete videos to be obtained. Endoscopic devices are required by industry and also have uses in leisure and hobby activities. These devices allow amateur photographers to shoot pictures that could not be achieved with conventional photographic equipment. Other uses include nature research where animals are documented in hidden habitats and plants with strange shapes can be recorded in many different ways.

ENDOSCOPY THE VISUAL EXAMINATION

Endoscopy is a method of visual examination with applications e.g. in medicine where hollow organs or body cavities can be illuminated and visualized using an endoscope. Endoscopy is a very accurate method of examination because tissue samples (biopsies) can be taken during the investigation for further diagnosis – with no pain felt by the patient. Endoscopy also lends itself to carrying out minor invasive surgical interventions.
Endoscopy is used in a wide range of different medical disciplines such as gastroenterology, ENT, urology, orthopedics, pulmonary medicine, surgery, and gynecology, in order to establish correct diagnoses. The devices are usually tube-like and have a light source. They are even fitted with an option for taking photos or recording videos.
The endoscope allows an examined area to be documented in images.
An area that has been examined can therefore be documented in images. Direct visualization of the examined areas is possible by simply transmitting the image via a cable to a monitor. Light is usually generated externally and then transmitted to the tip of the endoscope using a fiberoptic cable. The line to the monitor is called supply cable. The transmitted signals then yield a live image permitting fast diagnoses and prompt treatment. Medical endoscopy involves first positioning the patients being examined correctly in order to give better access to the area under investigation.

Cross section of a rigid endoscope
Cross section of a rigid endoscope

FASTER HEALING AND RECOVERY PROCESS

Endoscopy system for human medicine

Many patients have a hard time swallowing the gastroscope as it normally stimulates vomiting. It therefore makes sense to administer a mild sedative. Modern endoscopy means that advanced medicine today can often avoid major surgical interventions. The positive benefit is a faster healing and recovery process combined with lower costs for the healthcare system.

Apart from medicine, endoscopy is also used in mechanical and electrical engineering, heating and air conditioning systems, research and development, the automotive industry, manufacturing machine tools, and in many other fields and applications.

THE ENDOSCOPE – DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

An endoscope is a device that especially in medicine serves to facilitate the technical work in the diagnosis of diseases. The endoscope offers the possibility of examining organs and body regions with outstanding results that cannot even be compared to conventional radiographies. For this reason we cannot imagine today’s medicine without endoscopes.
An endoscope is a hose-like device with a light source, that allows examining hollow spaces and cavities or illuminate and view areas that are difficult to access. The traditional part in this technology has for a long time been the light that had to be transmitted into and through the examination device in order to illuminate the area to be examined. Today there are many different endoscope models allowing the best possible diagnostics thanks to their optimized lighting and imaging results.
Whether it is the gastro-intestinal tract, the trachea, the esophagus or the throat, nose or pharynx or other difficult-to-access human organs (or that of animals) – in many examinations the endoscope is an absolute must.
In today’s medicine endoscopes are often fitted with a camera and a cable connection to a monitor providing high-resolution images of the examined areas, even video images are not a problem any more and represent an important instrument when treating a patient. Unfortunately such devices are cost-intensive and are not found in every practitioner’s or specialist’s practice.

German hospital uses Microsoft technologies to create an intelligent operating room

Physicians from all over Europe have been coming to Siloah St. Trudpert Klinikum — a leading hospital in Pforzheim, Germany — to learn a special procedure for kidney-stone removal from the man who pioneered it in the late 1990s. Dr. Sven Lahme, head of the hospital’s urology department, regularly teaches visiting physicians the use of endoscopy and ultrasound to remove kidney stones through a tiny incision. Demand for these demonstrations is so great that the hospital sought to devise a new way to teach the technique at Siloah St. Trudpert — and beyond.

“We’re internationally renowned for our pioneering work in urology, and for developing new techniques for lifesaving endoscopic surgery,” says Lahme. “We wanted to create a digital operating room that would allow us to train more surgeons through real-time video transmission of surgeries, including ultrasound and X-ray images.”

In 2010, when the hospital began new construction for the urology department, Lahme seized the opportunity to upgrade the operating room system to enable higher-quality image transmission and integrated control of surgical equipment. Richard Wolf, a leading provider of medical instruments and endoscopic equipment and a longtime technology partner for the hospital, built the system using Microsoft’s Windows Embedded because it can easily integrate new devices and data sources without requiring significant changes to the underlying platform.

The hospital’s operating theater now features an integrated solution that connects endoscopic instruments, images from X-ray or ultrasound, and room controls. Dr. Lahme and his team can relay a surgery to an audience of physicians, whether they are in an adjacent observation room or on another continent.

The control center, called the core system, features a touchscreen interface based on Windows Embedded that enables clinicians to control surgical instruments including endoscopes, wires and pumps; ultrasound and X-ray images; and controls for lighting and audio. The core system provides a comprehensive overview of the patient’s condition, enabling greater precision during surgery.
The surgical team can stream medical images and real-time video from the endoscope or a ceiling-mounted video camera to multiple workstations in the OR and to physicians observing the surgery.
The core system connects to a Windows 7 Professional-based documentation solution, making it easy to save images to the patient’s record using the standard Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine medical imaging protocol.
Because the system provides a unified interface for all the instruments and components, it’s also easier for the clinicians to use, which means they can focus on perfecting their surgical techniques rather than on managing the different pieces of equipment.

“Our aim is always to provide excellent patient care. We might spend the same amount of time that we did 10 years ago, but the treatment is better,” Dr. Lahme says. “We have capabilities that we didn’t have before.”

The system can accommodate other Windows-based instruments, which could make it possible to manage additional elements of the operating environment — from the height or angle of the operating table to the room’s lighting and temperature — through the touchscreen interface. The core system could also be used to control equipment and settings for similar procedures, such laparoscopy or robotic-assisted surgery.

“With a solution from Richard Wolf and Microsoft, we can give a detailed presentation of a procedure in our own department, assisted by nurses who are very familiar with the techniques,” Dr. Lahme says. “As a result, participants learn a lot more.”

PANASONIC SHOWCASES 3D LCD MONITOR FOR ENDOSCOPIC OPERATION

Panasonic Corp and Panasonic Healthcare Co Ltd exhibited a 3D LCD monitor for use in endoscopic operation at International Modern Hospital Show 2011, which runs from July 13 to 15, 2011, in Tokyo.

It was made by attaching the “Xpol,” Arisawa Manufacturing Co Ltd’s polarizing filter, to a 32-inch full-HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) LCD panel. 3D video can be seen by using circularly-polarized glasses. The monitor is scheduled to be released at the and of 2011.

For use in endoscopic operation, the demand for 3D monitors is increasing, Panasonic said.

“By using 3D video, it becomes easier to check, for example, positional relation in stitching, making operation faster and reducing the patient’s burden,” the company said. “Medical staff has high hopes for it, and it is expected to be widely used.”

As for the reason why Panasonic decided to use the circularly-polarized method for 3D display, the company said, “It can naturally reproduce depth, causes less flickering and enables all medical staff to watch video at the same time.” Also, to enhance color reproducibility (reality), it employed an image processing method different from that used for TVs.

At its booth, Panasonic demonstrated an endoscopic operation by using Shinko Optical Co Ltd’s 3D endoscope and control unit (converter). The 3D endoscope has two lenses at its tip. A movie shot by the endoscope was converted to 3D with the control unit and displayed on the new 3D monitor.

In the demonstration, 3D video was displayed by using the “side-by-side method.” This method horizontally arranges images that are for the right and left eyes and whose video signals are horizontally compressed by half.

In addition to the side-by-side method, the 3D monitor supports (1) the “line-by-line method,” which alternately arranges images for the right and left eyes in each line, (2) the “top-and-bottom method,” which vertically arranges images that are for the right and left eyes and whose video signals are vertically compressed by half and (3) the “simul method,” which transmits images for the right and left eyes in two signal lines.