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Our History

Orchid Orthopedic Solutions was formed in 2005 through a roll-up of best-in-class medical device suppliers. Orchid completed a series of acquisitions with the goal to provide unparalleled customer service to the medical device market. We continue to offer the most comprehensive services by expanding our portfolio and geography, adding technologies and focusing on a customer-centric, values-based culture. 



Nordic Capital Fund IX Acquires Orchid
Founded: 1989

Nordic Capital is a leading European private equity investor with a resolute commitment to creating stronger, sustainable businesses through operational improvement and transformative growth. Nordic Capital focuses on selected regions and sectors where it has deep experience and a proven track record. Since inception in 1989, Nordic Capital has invested EUR 12 billion in over 100 investments. The most recent fund is Nordic Capital Fund IX with EUR 4.3 billion in committed capital, principally provided by international institutional investors such as pension funds.

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Acquires Cam Bioceramics (Suzhou, China)
Founded: 2012

The acquisition of the high quality coating facility in China expands Orchid’s role as a global coating leader. Orchid can now offer world-class coating capabilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia to its customers. The acquisition also creates a base for Orchid to further expand its capabilities in China to serve the growing demands in the market.

Acquires Alhenia AG
Founded: 2005

The combination of Alhenia and Orchid further strengthens Orchid’s position as the leading orthopedic coating company by adding new and novel coating technologies, geographic reach and an expanded customer base. The combination also creates an integrated local supply chain in Europe – from castings and forgings to fully finished, coated and packaged implants.

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Acquires Sandvik Medical Solutions
Founded: 2007

Sandvik Medical Solutions (SMS) brings a global footprint and a high value of expertise in casting and forging, as well as machining of implants and complex instruments to Orchid, allowing us to better serve our customers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The addition of SMS, the world's largest independent supplier of cast implants, makes Orchid the leading orthopedic implant supplier globally. SMS was founded in 2007 with a platform of companies having histories dating back to 1973.

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Altor Fund III Acquires Orchid
Founded: 2003

The Altor funds are private equity funds comprised of the “Altor 2003 Fund” with committed capital of EUR 650 million; the "Altor Fund II” with committed capital of EUR 1,150 million; and the “Altor Fund III” with committed capital of EUR 2,000 million. Advised by Altor Equity Partners, the Altor funds invest in companies with a focus on value creation through growth initiatives, strategic development and operational improvements. Together these funds have invested in over 30 platform investments and more than 30 add-on acquisitions since their inception in 2003.

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Acquires Anzon Company
Founded: 1957

A trusted contract manufacturer for more than 50 years, Anzon advanced Orchid Anzon's capacity to produce difficult-to-machine components with applied precision and control. The Anzon acquisition added more than 80 CNC machines to the Orchid technology portfolio, along with the necessary and substantial secondary operations to support them.

Acquires Keller Engineering
Founded: 1977

Originally part of Micro Precision Swiss, LLC, Keller Engineering was known for its titanium implants, including intramedulary nails, bone screws and bone plates for trauma and spinal applications. The company brought large production machining capacity to Orchid, as well as state-of-the-art CNC programming.

Acquires Micro Precision Swiss, LLC
Founded: 1978

Micro Precision Swiss offered Orchid a comprehensive, state-of-the-art manufacturing resource specializing in small, ultra-precise parts produced on CNC-controlled Swiss lathes, three- and five-axis mills, wire and sinker EDM machines, as well as seven-axis tool and cutter grinders. In addition, the company provided a full range of part finishing processes that included ultrasonic cleaning, passivation, precision bending, laser welding/marking and product assembly. Micro Precision Swiss is now known as Orchid MPS.

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Acquires MACDEE
Founded: 1964

With MACDEE, Orchid added a whole new area of capability to its technology portfolio: plastics manufacturing. MACDEE had built its reputation on a foundation of injection molding. Seven presses, the ability to perform CNC machining of plastic implants and instruments and several ISO Class 7 controlled environment rooms also accompanied the purchase.

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Acquires Bio-Vac
Founded: 1986

Bio-Vac had spent 20 years building a worldwide reputation as a leading supplier of unique surface treatments for implant fixation, including both spherical bead and irregular particle coatings. With its acquisition of Bio-Vac, Orchid added significantly to its porous coating capabilities.

Acquires Bio-Coat
Founded: 1990

By 2005 when Orchid acquired Bio-Coat, the company had emerged as a true leader in the hydroxylapatite (HA) coating field. In addition, it was the only company in the world to offer medical implant vacuum plasma sprayed coatings, and the first to offer the only true, pure titanium, roughened surface for implants.

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Acquires Unique Design
Founded: 2004

In order to address a need in the industry for contract design and development, Unique Instruments started Unique Design. Unique Design offered comprehensive concept development and in-depth design services, as well as functional prototyping, qualification testing and pilot manufacturing.

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Acquires Astro Met, Inc.
Founded: 1961

Merged with the coating division of Stealth Medical Technologies, this acquisition added new depth to the company's position as a leader in orthopedic porous coating.

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Acquires Hy-Vac Medical Technologies
Founded: 1999

Located in Collierville, Tennessee, Hy-Vac specialized in the porous coating of orthopedic implants. Its acquisition broadened Stealth's already expanding capabilities. Hy-Vac became Stealth’s coating division.

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Stealth Medical Technologies Founded

Stealth Technologies was founded as a supplier of high-performance engine components. In 1994, the company changed its name to Stealth Engineering & Technologies and built its reputation by supplying complex net-shape forgings to the orthopedic implant industry. Stealth was one of the two original companies comprising the Orchid family.

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Unique Instruments Founded

One of the two original companies comprising the Orchid family, Unique Instruments brought more than 25 years of superior craftsmanship to the partnership. Its attention to quality on implants, surgical cutting accessories and complex instruments offered a difference that surgeons could notice from traditionally used products.

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