History of Southern Implants
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Where did it begin?
Our founder won a Rotary Foundation Scholarship in 1982, to study Bioengineering. The full funding of his scholarship came from a Rotary club in South Africa. (Rotary is about building cross border relationships and the sharing of skills and expertise, for the benefit of mankind.) This small Rotary club in South Africa, spent their money at the University of Utah. A condition of the Scholarship was that the recipient had to return to his native country (and with what he had learned, benefit the world). Our founder has certainly fulfilled this responsibility and has contributed significantly to multiple Rotary projects, and been awarded the “Paul Harris fellowship” in recognition of his service.
Company/ Product Timeline:
1988 – Launch of the first Southern Implants, External hex Implant with a machined surface
1988 – Prof Andre Dippenaar did first case. (Diabetic patient, lives in Austria, has been followed up for over 25 years)
1990 – Introduction of first implant with tapered body
1992 – First clinical use of Roughened surface implants
1994 – First full arch immediate loading case is done. (Now with 22 years follow-up)
1993 – Launch of Ø5mm “platform switch” implant
1997 – With 5 years of clinical data on Surface enhancement, it was introduced to the full range of implants. (The Surface is enhanced with abrasion and chemical conditioning.)
2000 – All implants in 3 diameters are offered in straight and tapered body designs.
2000 – Implant with internal connection (internal taper & octagon), straight and tapered are added to the product portfolio.
2001 – Launch of first generation 45° Zygomatic implant
2002 – Improved design, 55° Zygomatic implant added to the range. (Within 4 years the 45° had become redundant)
2002 – The Innovative Co-Axis® Implant 12° angled top, Implant range is launched.
2005 – Launch of the Tri-Nex range: Internal trilobe connection with an Innovative Hex Insertion drive.
2005 – A 24° Co-Axis® Implant is added to the range.
2006 – The MAX implant is launched (3 connections; Ex Hex, Tri-Nex & Internal Octagon), for immediate molar tooth replacement
2014 – Launch of Internal hex Implant range
2014 – Launch of Deep Conical connection implant range
Southern is a global company. Southern has a philosophy of supporting and giving back, to the countries that are fundamental to the success of the company.
Why is most of the engineering done in South Africa?
The company is all about improved and advanced treatment solutions, often requiring niche products. South African Dental Specialists were one of the first groups trained by PI Branemark, in the early eighties. This pioneering group faced greater challenges than their Northern Hemisphere counterparts. This drove them to be innovative, and obsessed with improving patient outcomes. They conceived innovative solutions. These would not have realized, had it not been for our engineer, founder, who could develop the associated products and protocols.
Southern Implants is surrounded by 3 Dental schools, and the private practices of many of the original innovators. Even though new innovations are being conceived by our global KOL’s, these pioneers and Dental Schools have such a close working relationship with the company, that the global conceived treatments can be trailed, optimized, and brought to market in significantly reduced time relative to industry norm.
The bulk of the production is done in South Africa, creating about 200 production jobs. The production methods that Southern has chosen, are labor intensive. This is because we believe that we can make a better products by doing it in this way. Our Q 300 quality system is integral to a large labor force.
What is different about our Sales & Distribution?
Due to the complexity of Southern products, and the profile of our users, there has to be extensive technical support. There also has to be a much larger inventory than is customary in this industry (due to site and protocol specific implants).
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