Hubert Stüken GmbH & Co. KG of Rinteln at COMPAMED 2022 in Düsseldorf -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine
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11 Nov 2022

How sustainable is STÜKEN MEDICAL?

Sustainability is coming into focus in the medical industry. More and more companies are questioning the environmental compatibility of the products they use. With the innovative deep drawing technology, world market leader STÜKEN not only meets high quality requirements, but also conserves important resources in the production of components. With a consistent sustainability strategy, the family-owned company meets both new legal requirements and the individual demands of its customers.

The healthcare industry is responsible for 4 % of all greenhouse gases globally - that's more than air travel. Many medical products are manufactured in the Far East. There is a growing awareness worldwide that this situation cannot continue if we want to preserve a world worth living in and safeguard it for future generations. Legislators are also endeavoring to correct the undesirable developments of the industrial age. From 2023, there will be a new legal framework in the form of the Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains. However, STÜKEN is also focusing on another aspect: the demands of its own customers for proven CO2 reduction or climate neutrality. Here, the different scopes according to the GHG Protocol must be considered.

"We are aware of our responsibility for sustainable development in both ecological and social terms," explains Nils Petersohn, Managing Director at STÜKEN. The company publishes a "Corporate Social Responsibility" report and discloses its own CO2 footprint according to ÖKO-Cockpit. "Many customers wish for corresponding certificates," explains Nils Petersohn. "The German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act is about to take on a lighthouse function worldwide. The planned supply chain legislation on EU-level will go in a similar direction with additional requirements."

The sustainability strategy of experienced deep drawing specialist STÜKEN includes the so-called "local for lo-cal" approach. "STÜKEN is represented on three continents with five plants and can therefore manufacture and finish products locally for customers from various industries." The advantages of this strategy are obvious: transport routes are shorter, supply chains are more secure and flexible. With the help of innovative deep-drawing technology, not only can high quantities be produced in consistent quality at all STÜKEN locations - material consumption is also reduced to a minimum compared to machining production. In addition, energy consumption is significantly lower with deep drawing. One example of this is the cold forming process developed by STÜKEN for titanium alloys, which enables multi-stage deep drawing of the material without interrupting the process. "However, we are not satisfied with resource-saving production, but want to emit even less climate-damaging CO2 during the entire production process. To achieve this, we are analyzing and optimizing all associated processes, such as cleaning or cleanroom operations." Digitalization also plays a role: intelligent process and manufacturing simulations prior to production allow resources to be used noticeably more efficiently. In addition, STÜKEN 2023 is investing several million euros in higher energy efficiency and energy generation. A photovoltaic system with an output of around 2.5 million kWh is being built on an open space at the production site in the Rinteln-Süd industrial area. This will enable the Rinteln-based family business to generate around 20 % of its own electricity requirements. At the same time, electricity consumption will be significantly reduced through targeted measures.

The prerequisites for a successful sustainability strategy are innovative strength and entrepreneurial expertise. "A pronounced awareness of quality, a culture of change and social responsibility for people and the environment are fundamental components of our corporate DNA," emphasizes STÜKEN Managing Director Nils Petersohn. From November 14th to 17th, 2022, STÜKEN MEDICAL will offer the opportunity to discuss new applications and projects in direct talks with specialists at the Compamed trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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21 Oct 2022

STÜKEN North America takes first steps towards ISO 13485

Miniaturization and standardization have been driving the rising demand for deep-drawn metal components in the medical industry. STÜKEN North America has successfully expanded its business in this area. Packaging solutions for medical devices and drug delivery have become a significant mainstay. The company aims to strengthen its position further by achieving certification according to ISO 13485. First steps towards implementation have been taken.
 
The US healthcare market is growing, and it is growing fast. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, national health spending is projected to reach $6.2 trillion by 2028. One factor driving this growth is the aging population. Older people are more susceptible to catching diseases. Another driver is the trend towards self-medication and OTC (“over-the-counter”) products. As a consequence, products are designed for easy handling, for example by making components smaller. With rising demand, mass production becomes economical – and so does deep drawing. In recent years, STÜKEN North America has successfully expanded its business with packaging solutions for medical devices and drug delivery. Last year, the South Carolina based company received the "Best Supplier Award 2021" from one of their medical customers. “The share of sales with medical parts will continue to increase in the coming years. In order to be even better attuned to the needs and requirements of this market, we recently started preparing for the ISO 13485 certification,” explains Dr. Dennis Gossmann, Vice President and General Manager of STÜKEN North America. “With this certification, we create additional confidence and make it easier for our customers to get approval for their medical devices. With quality assurance, conformity to standards, complete documentation and traceability we prove that we are a reliable partner." Further investments in technologies for the medical market are planned for the coming years. This includes cleaning and finishing processes. That way, STÜKEN North America can offer everything from a single source: Ready-to-use solutions from an efficient and largely internal process chain with extremely high and reliable quality. On top of this, a dedicated team makes sure that the focus is always on the customer's requirements, for example, with comprehensive customer service and innovative technical support in the development phase. “The certification according to ISO 13485 and the investment into new technology are part of the STÜKEN group´s global commitment to the medical industry. As part of this network, we can draw on the extensive know-how from our already certified German headquarters,” says Gossmann.

About STÜKEN
Founded in 1931, STÜKEN today is considered the world´s leading supplier of precision deep-drawn parts made of metal. Stampings and injection-molded parts as well as complex assemblies complete the range and guarantee customers finished products of highest quality. For the medical technology sector, STÜKEN supplies its customers with reliable components for medical tools, for the application of medicines, for primary packaging and for medical housings. The family-owned company is headquartered in Germany and has subsidiaries in the United States, the Czech Republic and the People´s Republic of China. STÜKEN employs around 1,250 people and generated annual sales of more than 200 million euros in 2021.

Your contact person at STÜKEN North America:
Mr. Uwe Wasner
Sales Manager
Stueken, L.L.C.

137 Southchase Blvd.
Fountain Inn, SC 29644
USA
Cell phone: +1 864 991 1435

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Hubert Stüken GmbH & Co. KG
Sandra Göhner-Baake, Marketing Manager Phone: +49 5751 702 0
Alte Todenmanner Straße 42 marketing@stueken.de
31737 Rinteln www.stueken-medical.com
Germany

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