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A world-wide successful dental specialist
COLTENE is an internationally leading developer, manufacturer and seller of consumables and small equipment for dental practitioners.
COLTENE has been the leading developer and manufacturer of high-precision impression materials and innovative, aesthetically-pleasing filling materials since the mid-sixties. In 1990, the Swiss Coltène AG joined forces with the American company Whaledent Inc., a producer of technical dental consumables established in 1956 in New York. Since then, the Company operates in the marketplace under a common brand Coltène/Whaledent.
Dentists and dental labs worldwide rely on the company’s products for implant-based therapies and dental reconstructions, as well as traditional therapies. COLTENE offers polymer chemistry-based impression and filling materials, a comprehensive range for Endodontics, a broad range of high-precision mechanical instruments, dental pins and posts, carbide and diamond burs and other rotary instruments, as well as a comprehensive offering in the area of hygiene and patient safety covering the entire dental treatment process. The products are brought to international markets through sales partners as well as own marketing organisations.
COLTENE has state-of-the-art production facilities in Switzerland, the United States, Germany and Brazil.
Technical centers of competence for manufacturing
COLTENE products are manufactured at four centers of competence. The polymer/chemistry products and consumables are concentrated in Switzerland, while the mechanical/technical products and dental instruments are mainly manufactured in the United States. Rotary instruments, such as burs and grinders, are produced on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Endodontics are developed and manufactured in Germany.
The American company Coltène/Whaledent Inc. in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio specializes in root canal points, self-threading parapulpal pins, products for model-making in the dental lab, orthodontic instruments (Dentronix), patient safety/hygiene products (Hygenic), and small table-top equipment.
In 2002, COLTENE acquired the German company ROEKO and completed its polymer/chemistry product range of impression and filling materials with high-quality wadding products, highly-absorbent and resilient paper, and gutta percha points to effectively remove fluids and moisture during the preparation process of a root canal, as well as other consumables.
With the acquisition of Cutting Edge Instruments (Bridgewater Corners, Vermont) in 2007, COLTENE expanded its range of diamond rotary instruments manufactured in Switzerland with carbide burs.
In 2010, COLTENE acquired Vigodent domiciled in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, strengthening its market presence in Latin America.