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Planmeca’s Commitment to UBC Dental Education and Patient Care

December 2, 2021
by University of British Columbia

It was an unseasonably cold night on March 9th, 2005 that included a light dusting of snow on UBC Point Grey campus. Through large picture windows facing Wesbrook Mall, ceremonial shot glasses filled with Finnish vodka were raised and a toast lead by Mr. Heikki Kyöstilä, Founder, Owner, and President of Planmeca, celebrating the opening of the new Nobel Biocare Oral Health Centre and a new partnership between UBC Dentistry and Planmeca.

Founded by Mr. Kyöstilä in 1971, Planmeca started in Helsinki, Finland as a small-scale business, manufacturing dental stools and instrument cabinets, but quickly adopted a global sales approach and expanded its product range into patient chairs, dental units and now also 2D and 3D imaging devices, CAD/CAM products and software solutions.  As the largest privately-owned dental equipment manufacturer in the world, the affiliation between Planmeca and UBC Dentistry began in the early 2000’s with discussions in the co-development of designing the most technologically advanced electronically integrated dental operatory of its time.

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