Success in a global market 1996 - present
With Christian O. Erbe and his brother-in-law Reiner Thede, the first joint managers in the history of the company took over in 2003.
Christian O. Erbe and Reiner Thede
With Christian O. Erbe and his brother-in-law Reiner Thede, the first joint managers in the history of the company took over in 2003. Both have been company directors since 1996, and together with Helmut Erbe, have led the company into the new millennium. Since then, Erbe has developed at an incredible pace. Now in 2014, the company employs 867 members of staff worldwide, almost twice as many as in 2002. The international sales network has grown to a total of 13 subsidiaries and two representative offices.
New chapters also continue to be written in the story of Erbe's commercial premises: a research and development center was built in 2002 at company headquarters, followed in 2008 by a logistics center. Between 2011 and 2013, Erbe acquired further buildings in the immediate vicinity of the company's headquarters and in Rangendingen, which is around 25 kilometers away from Tuebingen, a second plant was established. With its construction project "Expansion West", the company has made a quantum leap in terms of company history: when "Expansion West" is inaugurated in spring 2015, the company premises in Waldhoernlestrasse will double in size. A training center for customers and for our own employees will be the key element; however, new company catering facilities, additional office space and the vigorous renovation of the entire complex are also part of the largest construction project in 163 years of company history.
Whether as part of "Industry on campus", in research collaboration with renowned universities and scientific centers throughout the world, or as part of our traditionally close cooperation with universities in Germany: Erbe employees are constantly exchanging information with doctors and scientists in order to recognize the latest trends in research and development and to utilize these for the benefit of patients.
In 2002, the electrosurgical system Erbe VIO was launched on the market. Using VIO, clinics and practice-based specialist physicians can combine instruments and additional components in a manner tailored to suit their individual needs, all in a single workstation. The VIO product range offers custom electrosurgery for a wide variety of applications, from general surgery to gynecology, and from gastroenterology to urology. The VIO workstations support compatibility and networking with OR systems and robotic systems from other manufacturers.
HybridKnife is the only instrument on the medical engineering market that combines electrosurgery with waterjet surgery. It enables, for example, fast, risk-free and inexpensive removal of changes and tumors in the mucosa of the gastrointestinal tract through endoscopic intervention. HybridKnife allows the essential steps to be carried out, from marking to elevation, and from dissection to staunching of bleeding, generally without any change of instrument.
The BiCision instrument developed by Erbe facilitates innovative surgical procedures that are gentler from the patient's perspective, and support more effective surgery. The instrument exposes tissue structures, staunches blood, seals blood vessels as a result of the effect of the heat, and performs cutting. With BiCision, surgeons can separate blood vessels and tissue bundles directly following electrosurgical sealing, without changing instruments.