The Group of Companies and KLS Martin LP

The KLS Martin Group was founded in 2004 as an umbrella organization representing the following independent, medium-sized companies: KLS Martin LP, Gebrüder Martin GmbH (1923), Karl Leibinger Medizintechnik (1896), Rudolf Buck, Stuckenbrock Medizintechnik, and KLS Martin.

Instrument production began in 1896, and the sales operation in Tuttlingen expanded in 1923 to reach the global market. Sales began first in North America through distribution, but the direct sales company, KLS Martin LP was founded in 1993. Several key innovations were developed in craniomaxillofacial surgery over the next decade that gave the KLS Martin Group a reputation for innovation and fueled growth of its salesforce and operations in North America.

Nowadays, the Group is represented by sales partners in more than 140 countries. In addition, it has its own sales subsidiaries in Great Britain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Japan, Australia, Brazil and Malaysia and maintains representative offices in Russia, China and Dubai.

The KLS Martin Group is a world leader in specialty markets. For the craniomaxillofacial market it began in 1974 when the Karl Leibinger Medizintechnik factory developed the first 'miniplate' with Dr. Maxime Champy. This was the first production of miniaturized plate and screw osteosynthesis, and sparked a new standard of care in facial trauma.
KLS Martin became the market leader in Distraction Osteogenesis beginning with the widely published RED device, and has also become the leader in Resorbable Osteosynthesis with the SonicWeld Rx® system. KLS Martin also developed a unique product called the Sternal Talon for osteosynthesis of the sternum, fulfilling a need for rigid fixation in cardiothoracic surgery. The company continues to focus and invest in the future of osteosynthesis products, with special attention to the three-dimensional individual patient implant solutions (IPS).

KLS Martin LP's success in North America is due to innovative, high quality products, as well as excellent customer service and local direct sales consultants. Also important is maintaining vital feedback and cooperation with customers and educational groups to improve patient care within specific specialties such as cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, and maxillofacial surgery.

Timeline of Innovations

  • 1896 Surgical Instruments
  • 1974 Champy Miniscrew
  • 1993 KLS Martin L.P. begins
  • 1995 RED II Distractor
  • 2000 Alveolar Distractors
  • 1996 Drill Free Screws
  • 2005 SonicWeld Rx
  • 2006 Sternal Talon