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Plochingen, April 10, 2008

Baden-Württemberg Minister Dr. Monika Stolz visits CeramTec

On April 7, the Baden-Württemberg Minister for Labor and Social Affairs, Dr. Monika Stolz, and Karl Zimmermann, Member of State Parliament, were guests at CeramTec AG in Plochingen to discuss the topic of medical technology with representatives from industry and medical specialists from the region. There was a special focus on orthopedics as CeramTec is the leading manufacturer of ceramic components for hip joint replacements systems.

Lively discussions took place on various aspects of the healthcare industry. Of particular interest was the fact that patients insured under the mandatory national health insurance currently do not have the option, e.g., of making out-of-pocket contributions for higher-quality implants. The medical specialists present and CeramTec representatives brought attention to the fact that, in practice, the proven higher-quality and longer-lasting – but also more expensive – prosthetics with ceramic components are often not implanted because of the added costs. For this reason patients should be able to insist on higher-quality prosthetic systems and make private contributions themselves. Dr. Stolz took up this argument in further discussions.

The visit ended with a tour of the production facilities where CeramTec AG CEO Dr. Ulf-D. Zimmermann informed the political representatives about CeramTec AG’s plans for future growth and the related investments and creation of new jobs and apprenticeship training positions in Germany and abroad.

Touring the production facilities (left to right): Heinrich Wecker, Thomas Bögel (Production Manager), Prof. Dr. Jürgen Delgreif (Head Physician at Esslingen Clinical Center), Dr. Ulf-D. Zimmermann, Dr. Monika Stolz, Rolf-Michael Müller, Karl Zimmermann (Member of State Parliament) and
Eugen Beck (Mayor of Plochingen)