In order to meet the growing demand for Varian's radiotherapy equipment, the company needs a second manufacturing site for core components of its radiotherapy devices in addition to Palo Alto in the USA. In Rudolstadt, Siemens Healthineers has the necessary knowledge and already manufactures such components. The electron accelerators from Rudolstadt are to be used for the Halcyon and TrueBeam radiotherapy systems, some of which are manufactured at the Kemnath site in Germany.
Radiotherapy with so-called linear accelerators is one of the most important methods of modern cancer therapy and is used in more than half of all cancer treatments today. Linear accelerators are used both in the outpatient sector and in hospitals for the targeted treatment of cancer.
Today, around 270 employees develop and produce vacuum components, X-ray tubes and components for medical and industrial use at the Rudolstadt plant. The components are used, for example, in computed tomography, angiography systems or mammography devices. The site is also the manufacturing center for industrial electron linear accelerator systems, which are used, among others, in non-destructive material testing and scanning to check contents of shipping containers, trucks and train cars. The plant in Rudolstadt was founded in 1919.
About Siemens HealthineersSiemens Healthineers AG (listed in Frankfurt, Germany: SHL) pioneers breakthroughs in healthcare. For everyone. Everywhere. As a leading medical technology company headquartered in Erlangen, Germany, Siemens Healthineers and its regional companies are continuously developing their product and service portfolio, with AI-supported applications and digital offerings that play an increasingly important role in the next generation of medical technology. These new applications will enhance the company’s foundation in in-vitro diagnostics, image-guided therapy, in-vivo diagnostics, and innovative cancer care. Siemens Healthineers also provides a range of services and solutions to enhance healthcare providers’ ability to provide high-quality, efficient care. In fiscal 2022, which ended on September 30, 2022, Siemens Healthineers, which has approximately 69,500 employees worldwide, generated revenue of around €21.7 billion and adjusted EBIT of almost €3.7 billion.