Russia assembles first CT scanner

15 Sept 2010

GE Healthcare and its Russian manufacturing partner Meditsinskie technologii Ltd (MTL) have unveiled Russia's first domestically assembled CT scanner.

The achievement presents strong business prospects for both GE Healthcare and MTL as according to estimates, the annual domestic Russian CT market could exceed 1.5 billion roubles (US$49 million).

This breakthrough was made possible by GE Healthcare’s CT technology in partnership with MTL’s manufacturing capabilities. Domestic CT production is consistent with the country’s cornerstone objective of economic modernization and domestic high-tech healthcare development as stated in policy announcements by the Russian government.

Also supporting the joint venture is GE Healthcare’s state-of-the-art training centre which has been operational in Moscow since 2009. The training centre helps to educate Russian medical professionals and improve their skills and experience with high-tech medical equipment. It is a further demonstration of GE Healthcare’s commitment to localization in Russia.

Vyacheslav Grischenko, Region General Manager, Russia & CIS, GE Healthcare says: “Domestic production allows us to price high-tech equipment more affordably for Russian customers. This should increase access to health technology and reduce costs for the healthcare system, fully in line with our global healthymagination strategy to drive improvements in access, quality and cost in healthcare.”

“Our joint-venture with MTL will be able to produce 100 CT scanners per year for the Russian market and meet the Russian healthcare system’s demand for CT,” Grischenko says.

“The CT assembled at MTL’s facility in Moscow is the company’s flagship product,” says Anatoly Dabagov, President, MTL. “MTL currently carries out 25% of the manufacturing, given that we currently use imported parts. Further localization of manufacturing will evolve as local parts that comply with GE quality standards become available.”


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