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: Gebrüder Martin GmbH (1923), Karl Leibinger Medizintechnik (1896), Rudolf Buck, Stuckenbrock Medizintechnik, KLS Martin and KLS Martin LP.

Back in 1923, at a time marked by galloping inflation, five enterprises from the Tuttlingen area decided to join forces in order to strengthen their international competitiveness through a joint sales company, Gebrüder Martin GmbH. A successful move.

The KLS Martin Group sales office in Tuttlingen, Germany, Gebrüder Martin GmbH, grew to expand sales in 140 countries outside of North America. In addition, the group has its own sales subsidiaries in Great Britain, France, Italy, The Netherlands and Japan and maintain representative offices in Russia, China and Dubai.

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 company a reputation for innovation and fueled growth of its salesforce and operations in North America.

KLS Martin LP has grown to be a leader in specialty markets in North America. 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 also partnered with other manufacturing companies that provide high quality products and unique innovations within a focus of core specialties.

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