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3M buys dental imaging company for $95M

Posted by dentalinsider on October 18, 2006

3M Co. said Monday that it has bought Brontes Technologies Inc., a privately-held maker of 3-D imaging dental technology, for $95 million in cash.

Lexington, Mass.-based Brontes’ scanning products are used to design and produce crowns, bridges and other dental orthodontics. Brontes will be incorporated into 3M’s dental supply business.

“This investment reflects 3M’s commitment to advanced technology and to invest in markets which are likely to become high-growth areas in the not too distant future,” said Brad Sauer, executive vice president of 3M’s health care business, in a statement.

The acquisition — the latest in a series for 3M this year — will mean a fourth-quarter charge of between 12 cents and 13 cents for the Maplewood company.

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One Response to “3M buys dental imaging company for $95M”

  1. Anonymous said

    I have seen alot of things in my 40+ years of practicing dentistry, but this one takes the cake. It reminds me when the Department of Justice filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the SS White Dental Supply Co. back in the late 60’s. Maybe its time for the DOJ to take a good, hard look at Dentsply.

    I for one will no longer use any Dentsply products in my practice including Portrait and Bioform teeth. Ivoclar and Vita make very nice teeth and are a bit cheaper too.

    Dr. Daniel

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