Maillefer Celebrates 130 Years

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Maillefer: 130 years of endodontic precision

In 1889, exactly 130 years ago, Auguste Maillefer (below) dentist and former watchmaker, started manufacturing his own instruments to better suit his needs and the needs of his colleagues.

Today Maillefer is a very important part of the Dentsply Sirona endodontics catalogue. For 130 years, Maillefer has not only been one of the world's largest endodontic-focused business units, but also one of the largest employers in the canton of Vaud, with more than 750 employees currently.

A large part of the integrated solutions and products Dentsply Sirona offers in the field of endodontics are produced at the site in Switzerland, which contributes to the ongoing development of Dentsply Sirona’s Endodontics division.

Maillefer has its own engineering team that develops custom machines to facilitate the production of dental instruments. 40 people, including highly experienced engineers, build sophisticated production systems with in-line quality control designed specifically for the manufacture of dental instruments. Continuity by Innovation

Auguste Maillefer had realised that dental instruments in his time had been manufactured without an inherent understanding of dentistry. Thanks to his technical expertise and clinical experience, he was able to design innovative and technologically advanced instruments, for both himself and his colleagues.

Innovation remains firmly rooted in Maillefer’s genes and the company has continually reinvented itself in order to remain a major player in the dental market. Today, Maillefer produces more than one million files per day for customers all over the world.

Dr. Clifford J. Ruddle, DDS, who partnered with Maillefer to design the ProTaper and WaveOne Gold endodontic file systems said: “I am quite sure that, in 1889, the Swiss founders of Maillefer never imagined Maillefer in 2019.

“What a remarkably profound impact the brand has made and continues to make as a leader in international healthcare. Over the years, it has been a great honor for me to have played a role in collaborating with the Maillefer team to design several leading endodontic products.

“Maillefer’s genius is in its people and their ability to create novel, innovative, and highly useful products of impeccable quality that serve to empower clinicians, improve patient care, and transform lives.”

Maillefer is looking forward to celebrating its 130th jubilee with customers and partners. Between the 11th and 14th of September 2019, it will be welcoming guests to its booth at the ESE in Vienna.