Since its founding in Berlin in 1919, Ottobock has pursued a vision: to improve the mobility of people with disabilities through innovative products. In doing so, the company equates quality with “Quality for life”: the quality of life enjoyed by the people who use Ottobock products every day. People at the centre, their individuality and requirements and needs with respect to functionality, quality as well as design form the basis for the company's enduring capability of innovation.
Otto Bock HealthCare—The Company
The Ottobock group of companies consists of Otto Bock HealthCare (medical technology), Otto Bock Kunststoff (plastics) and Technogel (chemistry), and Sycor (information and communication technology). “These three pillars will support our success in key global growth markets”, explains Professor Hans Georg Näder, chairman and CEO. A third-generation family member, he took over the position from his father Dr. Max Näder in 1990, the son-in-law of the company's founder Otto Bock.
The medical technology company Otto Bock HealthCare has seen stable growth for years: the number of employees increased to over 6,000 worldwide. The global activities of the company are coordinated from the head office in Duderstadt. A network of distribution and service companies in 50 countries places the company near its customers thanks to a global presence.
With its five divisions of Prosthetics, Orthotics, Neurorehabilitation, Mobility Solutions and MedicalCare, the company is ideally positioned and capable of offering its customers a virtually unprecedented wide range of products and extensive services.
The fundamental corporate values developed in over 90 years of the family company Ottobock's history are embodied in trust and reliability. Tradition and progress are not seen as contradictions, but as a natural entity. Despite the steadily increasing pace of opening up new markets and target groups and developing new technologies, one thing remains unchanged: people are at the centre of it all. The quality of our products is measured by the degree to which they improve independence and quality of life in everyday life.
Respectful, engaged, human, authentic, playful, open-minded, enterprising and bold - these are the attributes that also describe the company and brand Ottobock today. More than 6,000 employees around the world work with passion and commitment to fill these words with life—in dealing with the users of our products in a respectful manner and through constructive dialogue with our customers. Each and every one of them helps to increase the mobility and freedom of people with disabilities. Converting technical innovation to technology for people poses a challenge. This requires innovative strength and the courage to go where no one has gone before.
Responsibility for the Future
According to Ottobock, economics and ecology represent a single challenge that must be overcome with a view to future generations. Economic success and active social responsibility with respect to environmental protection go hand in hand where Ottobock is concerned. Specifically, this means: at the Duderstadt site, emissions that impact the environment are almost entirely avoided in the production process. Energy consumption was reduced drastically in the entire company, such as through the thermal recycling of production waste, heat recovery from ventilation systems and the use of frequency converter technology to cut electricity consumption. Electricity and heat are supplied from a biogas plant that was built specifically for Ottobock. The substrate to generate biogas is provided by farmers from the immediate area in order to keep transport routes as short as possible. Furthermore, the company uses unmixed recycling systems for metals and plastics as a standard. This is borne out by impressive numbers: by burning wood waste and recovering heat from combined heat and power plants, the company meets 47 per cent of its energy requirements for heating administration buildings, production plants and warehouses as well as regenerated air masses. Fifty per cent of its heating needs are met through ventilation systems, dust filtration, polyurethane tanks, foaming and process cooling. A conventional gas heating system supplies only three per cent of the company's energy requirements.
Ottobock Asia Pacific
With emergence of developing markets and China becoming a key player on both the commercial and political arena, the decision to lay foundations was taken in the mid 1990’s to establish and setup 100% owned subsidiaries of Ottobock. Today, Ottobock has 8 subsidiaries in Asia-Pacific, that are responsible for more than 20 countries in Asia Pacific. To accelerate the integration of products into the respective markets, Ottobock took the decision to establish Patient Care centres in those countries where current services were limited or where increased demand was required. Ottobock Asia Pacific has an office in Hong Kong that is responsible for Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan & the Philippines. With the exception of Macau which is in such close proximity to Hong Kong, we have established offices in the main cities.
Today Ottobock is well supported in these markets and continues to strive to meet the demands of the respective countries and furthermore continues in seeking opportunities to establish further roots in those markets which still do not command the presence required. In doing so, local needs, situations and aspirations are all taken into account to bring about an optimal solution for our customers and end users.
Finally, Ottobock continues to give back to the community, supporting various charities and projects that are consistent with our mission of restoring independence.