- Fresenius Medical Care
company_name = Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA
company_type = Public (FWB|FME, NYSE|FMS)
foundation = 1996
location = Bad Homburg,
key_people = Ben Lipps (CEO and Chairman of the executive board), Gerd Krick (Chairman of the
products = Kidney
revenue = US $9.720 billion (2007)cite web |url=http://reports.fmc-ag.com/fmc/annual/2007/gb/English/pdf/FMC_GB2007_E_Gesamt.pdf |title=Annual Report 2007 |accessdate=2008-08-29 |publisher=Fresenius Medical Care]
operating_income = profit US $1.580 billion (2007)
net_income = profit US $717 million (2007)
num_employees = 61,400 (2007)
homepage = [http://www.fmc-ag.com www.fmc-ag.com]
intl = yes
Fresenius Medical Care is a German company specializing in the production of medical supplies, primarily to facilitate or aid renal
dialysis. It is 36%-owned by the health carecompany Fresenius SE. [cite web
last=Fresenius Medical Care
accessdate=2007-08-12] The company was formed in 1996 from the merger of Fresenius Worldwide Dialysis, then a division of Fresenius SE, and American company
National Medical Care. This sector is very complex, and has many different divisions, each with a number of plants.
These plants, which fall under the "concentration" division, manufacture the finished products from raw materials, such as
sodium chloride, dextrose, and magnesium, to name a few. These all go through a complex mixing process, and then through a complex packaging process. Most of it is automated, with humans only at monitors.
Interestingly enough, the most important part of any package, besides chemical makeup of the substance, are the labels. There must be a label on all four corners of a box of powder. No one box can be missing a label, have an incorrect barcode, be human-unreadable, or have more than the proper amount of labels. This is because of the need to be able to locate and identify any of the boxes as the need would arise.
Distribution is where the finished product, from Manufacturing, comes in on Semi-Trucks to be distributed to dialysis clinics and
hospitals. These products are then used in the dialysisProcess.
On 30 Oct 06, the manufacturing facility (Fresenius Hemocare) in Redmond, Washington was shut down.
* [http://www.fmc-ag.com Official site]
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