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Increasing Trauma/LOQTEQ® sales in Q3/2013, empiric observations show favorable behavior of LOQTEQ®
It must be emphasized that sales in the Trauma segment increased by 53% (compared to the third quarter of 2012) and by 63% compared to last years first nine months. Trauma sales increased from EUR 1.5 million (Q3/2012) to EUR 2.3 million and from EUR 4.0 million (9m/2012) to EUR 6.5 million in the first nine months of 2013 respectively. The strong sales growth was driven mainly by sales in SMIT and BRICS countries. The first explantations of our LOQTEQ® plates show certain advantages compared to established competitive products, especially relating to the so called cold welding issue (a joining of the plate and the screw which complicate the proper removal of the implant). So far, no such complaints have been filed to aap for any LOQTEQ® product. In an ongoing in-vitro study, this empirical and highly relevant feature is to be explored further to be able to make a statistical proven and evidence-based statement.
Sales for bone cements and cementing techniques in the Biomaterials segment begin to speed up after the temporary reduction in the first half of 2013. During the fourth quarter, a full recovery is expected.
The evaluation process of the strategic options for EMCM is ongoing.
aap plans to publish the full Q3 2013 report on November 11, 2013.
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