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BW-TEC AG History
Jakob Willi and Werner Christl worked for many years for Schneider Medizintechnik in Bulach/Switzerland. Schneider Medizintechnik worked closely with Dr. Andreas Grüntzig, a Pionier of Cardiovascular Balloon dilatation. Jakob Willi and Werner Christl were involved in the development of equipment and got to learn the process of PTCA production first hand. After Schneider was sold to the Pfizer Group and finally got transferred into Boston Scientific in Galway, the time for a new beginning had arrived. BW-TEC was founded in 1999 by Jakob Willi. After first inquiries came in from former colleagues the first machine was built in the Garage of his private home. In these exciting pioneer days Werner Christl joined in and the workshop got moved to the Oertli Building at Hofstrasse 1 in Höri.
In the beginning the two entrepreneurs did everything themselves. Daniela, the daughter of Jakob helped part time to take care of the administration and international communications. Rumors quickly spread out that there is a Swiss equipment provider in the field of balloon catheters and purchase orders for the development of many different applications where signed. Soon enough Automation and Mechanical Engineers where hired to meet the growing demands. By being present on the annual Medtec Europe event in Stuttgart, and by building solid quality equipment, BW-TEC became known internationally. Especially the CO2 Laser Welding Machine 394 accelerates the growth of this new enterprise. Companies from around the globe became interested in this technology and within a few years BW-TEC became the bench mark for distal and proximal welding of balloon catheters.
Because of the fast growth within the PTCA and PTA industry smaller companies were often bought up by big global players. This resulted in some big name changes within the client base and BW-Tec machines got introduced to other sites within those companies. The volume of orders became much bigger and new staff could be hired. Since Switzerland is offering a solid education system, BW-TEC is able to recruit qualified employees for the mechanical manufacturing and electro-mechanical assembly. In 2007 the first apprentice was hired and received a full 4 year educational program to become an automation engineer. This practice is important for the Swiss marketplace and will always be a focus for BW-TEC.
In the last few years the company grew steadily. Today there are more than 20 people working for BW-TEC. The facility accommodates about 1000 square meters. BW-TEC has customers on six continents and with 85% export share became an important partner for the Swiss economy.
Since the beginning of 2016 BW-TEC AG has a new management team. Josia Pantli assumes responsibility as CEO and will be supported by a great team of capable engineers . Daniela Pantli remains responsible for human resources. Jakob Willi will be part of the executive committee until August 2016 and will then go into early retirement. He will continue to support BW-TEC as part of the board of directors. Werner Christl will also leave the management team and retire from the board of directors at the end of March. He will however continue to work for BW-TEC for the next couple of years.