Medical Technology from Ortenau
Many people associate Ortenau with the idea of gentle strolls at the foot of the Black Forest hills or along the Rhine with views of the Alsace capital, Strasbourg. Yet Ortenau is also the most industrialised area in the Upper Rhine region, playing host to a wide variety of sectorsm including mechanical engineering, metalworking, automotive, media and logistics. It is also home to big global players in the field of medical technology such as Meiko Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG. This Offenburg-based company, which specialises in cleaning and disinfection technology, has built up a solid reputation for German engineering excellence and outstandingly efficient hygiene solutions in university and general hospitals worldwide. Another key name in the hygiene and infection control industry is Etol. Based in Oppenau, this company has made a name for itself with the chemical components of hygiene management strategies for kitchens and utility rooms as well as a range of pharmaceuticals. The third pillar of the Ortenau industrial sector is plastics engineering, which plays an integral part in the production of numerous medical devices.
Ortenau makes its mark worldwide
Over one million people visit the Ortenau region each year. But even when they stay in other parts of the world, Ortenau is never far away. The most likely place to encounter Black Forest quality, creativity and design excellence is in the bathrooms and spa areas of the world's finest hotels. The Hornberg-based sanitaryware manufacturer Duravit is one of the world’s leading exponents of designer bathrooms. Philippe Starck, Sir Norman Foster, Massimo Iosa Ghini and James Irvine are just some of the household names that have created designs for Duravit ceramic sanitaryware. Just a few kilometres from Duravit, in Schiltach, the company Hansgrohe produces sanitary fittings that offer the perfect combination of form and function. Designed by prominent figures such as Antonio Citterio, Jean-Marie Massaud, Patricia Urquiola, and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Hansgrohe sanitaryware products are renowned worldwide. Equally at home in the world’s finest hotels is the range of cosmetic products from ADA Cosmetics International, including brand collections from prestigious names such as Bulgari, Chopard, Bogner and Durance. These hotel beauty products add an extra special touch to exclusive hotels including Steigenberger, Brenners Park Hotel and Badrutt’s Palace.