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Sector Snapshot: The Orthopaedic OEM and Supplier Markets

Supplier-Specific Considerations

  • Pricing pressure on OEMs is leading to pricing pressure and increased investment in automation throughout the supply chain.
  • While OEMs continue to consolidate their supply chains, several also continue to divest certain manufacturing facilities.
  • Consolidation continues, typically entailing the merging of complementary businesses allowing suppliers to provide broader array of services to OEMs. (See Exhibit 2.)
  • Entrance of industrial players into medical market, including orthopaedics.
  • Continuing innovation supporting minimally invasive/computer assisted surgery, biomaterials, RFID technologies and enhanced outsourced product development.

Exhibit 2: Supplier Merger & Acquisition Activity: 2008 to 2011 To Date

Sources: Data obtained from company filings, press releases, Espicom, Capital IQ and Viant Capital LLC.

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