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New partnership for further growth: BEWATEC is part of the Phoenix Mecano-Group

With the acquisition of all shares by the Phoenix Mecano-Group, BEWATEC has become part of a globally active corporation.


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With the acquisition of all shares by the Phoenix Mecano-Group, BEWATEC has become part of a globally active corporation. The Swiss-based corporation thus secures access to the digital hospital infrastructure and expands its expertise in software development. Together with the company‘s internal DewertOkin division, BEWATEC will become a new center of digital expertise. In the future, software and app development for medical applications as well as IoT sensor technology will be bundled there. 

A basis for smart, digital applications

As a globally positioned, stock exchange-listed technology group, Phoenix Mecano is a leader in enclosure technology and industrial components in many markets. The DewertOkin division, to which BEWATEC now belongs, produces drive, system and sensor technology for electrically adjustable furniture. Such components are used, for example, in hospital beds, which places the highest demands on product safety. The combination of mechanics, electronics and software plays a central role not only in the hospital sector. Rochus Kobler, CEO of Phoenix Mecano, explains: „Phoenix Mecano is developing from a pure industrial component manufacturer to a provider of system solutions. The systems are increasingly digital and centrally networked. The importance of software is consequently growing. With the acquisition of BEWATEC, we are laying the foundation for smart, digital applications for care and comfort furniture in the interaction of hardware and software“.

 

Combining areas of expertise: digital know-how and global sales network

The expansion of IoT sensor technology is an integral part of the BEWATEC solution offering for Smart Hospitals. With the connection between the digital patient platform BEWATEC.ConnectedCare, which is being significantly expanded and extended in this context, and the sensor technology from DewertOkin, the companies are offering a wide range of new possibilities with regard to digitalization in the healthcare sector. In addition, Philipp Schmelter, founder and CEO of BEWATEC, sees great opportunities in the new partnership in terms of sales: „This acquisition strengthens both sides. DewertOkin benefits from our experience and expertise as a digital solution provider as well as from our market share in the healthcare sector. BEWATEC, in turn, can draw on DewertOkin‘s global sales network and existing IoT know-how in sensor technology for its internationalization efforts“.

 

From single-user TV to digital patient platform

Originally, BEWATEC was present in the patient rooms with multimedia devices. However, with the device-independent software platform BEWATEC.ConnectedCare, the company has become a driving force in hospital digitalisation. With BEWATEC.ConnectedCare, the company offers an open platform that bundles digital applications for patients, nursing staff and doctors, as well as diverse hospital and entertainment services along the entire Patient Journey in one place. At the same time, it simplifies the administrative processes in the hospital with a direct connection to the hospital information systems.

 

A new chapter in the BEWATEC history

„Our customers, partners and employees can look forward to opening a new chapter together with us. In Phoenix Mecano, we have found a partner who fits in with us both personally and from a cultural perspective. This is particularly important to us because it is all about the people who work together and have to pursue a common goal if they are to be successful,“ says Philipp Schmelter.

 

About Phoenix Mecano

Phoenix Mecano is a globally positioned technology company in the fields of packaging technology and industrial components and is a leader in many markets. Headquartered in Stein am Rhein, Germany, the Group employs around 7,000 people worldwide and generated revenues of EUR 680 million in 2019. The company focuses on the professional and cost-effective manufacture of niche products for customers in the fields of mechanical and plant engineering, measurement and control technology, medical technology, aerospace technology, alternative energies and the residential and care sectors. Phoenix Mecano was founded in 1975 and has been listed on the Swiss stock exchange since 1988.

 

About BEWATEC

BEWATEC was founded in 1995 and is one of the world‘s leading manufacturers of communication systems for hospitals and clinics. In 2019, the company generated a turnover of around EUR 13 million with 140 employees. BEWATEC became known for the development and production of special tablets for use at the patient‘s bedside. In Germany, approximately 60% of all hospital beds are equipped with systems from the company. BEWATEC‘s newly launched software BEWATEC.ConnectedCare connects patients, hospitals and doctors to exchange data and information on a single platform. Worldwide, hospitals with over 300,000 beds decided for the company‘s systems.