Siemens Holds Grand Opening of Refurbished Systems Factory in Suburban Chicago
State-of-the-art Wood Dale, Ill., facility to refurbish Siemens MR, CT and MI systems
Today Siemens Healthcare celebrated the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art refurbished systems factory in Wood Dale, Ill. The 29,190 sq. foot facility, located at 855 N. Wood Dale Rd., will refurbish a broad array of previously owned Siemens medical imaging systems, including its internationally renowned portfolio of computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and molecular imaging (MI) units.
The new Wood Dale factory is approximately 10,000 sq. ft. larger than Siemens’ previous Chicago-area refurbished systems facility, which has been located in nearby Hoffman Estates since October 2003. Siemens’ Wood Dale site puts the company under the same roof as its primary refurbished systems service provider, Hegele Logistic LLC. The Wood Dale factory space represents Siemens’ competitiveness and expanding regional footprint – two components of the company’s Agenda 2013 global initiative.
“Our new refurbished systems factory in Wood Dale optimizes the value stream of our processes and material flow by bringing Siemens and Hegele Logistic together in one state-of-the-art facility and elevating us to a higher performance level as we continue to provide customers with Siemens’ ecoline family of premium economical and ecologically friendly refurbished systems,” says Elisabeth Staudinger, CEO of Refurbished Systems, Siemens Healthcare. “The additional square footage of the Wood Dale factory also provides Siemens with ample room for expansion as we continue to grow our thriving refurbished systems business.”
The Wood Dale factory is Siemens’ only refurbished systems facility in the U.S., which is one of the largest markets for preowned imaging systems.
For the past 11 years, Siemens has offered a wide range of refurbished systems that includes X-ray, angiography, CT, molecular imaging, MRI, and ultrasound. Known as Siemens’ ecoline systems, these economical and environmentally friendly refurbished products can reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 20,000 tons per year, since ecoline systems boast an average material reuse rate of 98 percent. Each ecoline system undergoes Siemens’ five-step Proven Excellence refurbishment process to ensure optimal form and function.
Today’s grand opening of the Wood Dale refurbished systems factory was marked by an afternoon ceremony that included comments from Siemens Refurbished Systems CEO Elisabeth Staudinger and Christoph Sitzer, CEO of Hegele Logistic. Delivering the keynote address was Jonny Imerman, chief mission officer of Imerman Angels, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that connects cancer fighters and survivors worldwide with mentors who have survived the same types of cancers. Imerman, 37, launched Imerman Angels in 2003 – two years after being diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 26.
Launched by Siemens Healthcare Sector in November 2011, Agenda 2013 is a two-year global initiative to further strengthen the Healthcare Sector's innovative power and competitiveness. Specific measures will be implemented in four fields of action: Innovation, Competitiveness, Regional Footprint, and People Development.
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2011 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.5 billion euros and profit of around 1.3 billion euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.