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B. Braun Melsungen

B. Braun Melsungen AG
HeadquartersMelsungen, Germany
Key peopleLudwig G. Braun, CEO
IndustryHealth Care
Revenue3.3 billion EUR (2006)
Employees32.626 (2006)

B. Braun Melsungen AG is a German medical and pharmaceutical company, which has offices and facilities in 50 countries. Its headquarters are located in the small town of Melsungen, in central Germany. The company was founded and is still owned by the Braun family, and originated in the year 1839 as a pharmacy in Melsungen, where it started to sell medical herbs by mail to customers all over the country.

Later, a manufacturing plant was built, where production of several medical products began, mainly surgical sutures. With this product, Braun started to supply to hospitals, and added in the following decades other product lines to its manufacturing program, like intravenous solutions, monitoring apparatus and other medical devices. In the 60's, Braun became highly specialized in plastics for pharmaceutical and medical uses, and developed the first plastic container for I. V. solutions, so as many other products for patient care in hospitals.

As the company grew, markets all over the world were opened to sell its products, and manufacturing facilities were acquired or established in several countries, like France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, Brazil and Malaysia. Braun acquired also other health care companies, like Aesculap AG in Germany, one of the leading companies in the world for surgical instruments.

With its over 30.000 employees in more than 50 countries, Braun is today one of the leading hospital supply companies in the world.

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