Research on Stryker and Zimmer: What has Population to do with Medical Equipment Industry?

    Research on Stryker and Zimmer: What has Population to do with Medical
                             Equipment Industry?

PR Newswire

LONDON, February 20, 2013

LONDON, February 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The U.S. is a major player in the global medical equipment market. With
constant increase in life expectancy and aging population, the demand for
medical equipments will increase. According to U.S. Central Intelligence
Agency, life expectancy is 80+ years in the world's top 29 countries.
Recently, there has been some action in two stocks within this segment,
Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK) and Zimmer Holdings Inc. (NYSE:ZMH), both of
which have recently posted 52- week highs. There are also some recent
developments in these stocks. StockCall has posted free technical research
reports on Stryker and Zimmer Holdings, and these can be accessed by signing
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Zimmer Holdings Receives FDA Approval for Innovative Surgical Guidance

Zimmer Holdings has received FDA approval to market IASSIST Knee. IASSIST Knee
is a personalized guidance system for knee replacement procedures. This
technology comprises of a small electronic disposable pod which provides
immediate and accurate alignment validation through electronic display. Zimmer
Holdings Inc. technical report can be accessed for free by signing up at 

According to Jeff McCaulley, President, Zimmer Reconstructive, IASSIST
technology has tremendous potential and it delivers on the promise of accurate
implant positioning and alignment validation. Also they consider it as the
next-step in intelligent instruments which offer significant benefits to
patients and health-care providers.

Earlier this year, Zimmer had introduced V2F Anterior Fixation System. It is a
new implant system for the treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures, tumors,
disc degeneration and other pathologies of the anterior spine. According to
Steve Healy, President of Zimmer Spine, V2F has variable-to-fixed screw and
cap technology which offers surgeons greater flexibility to tackle the unique
anatomy of every patient through variable screw and plate placement and

As per Zimmer's Q4 2012 results, net sales increased by 1.1% to $1.18 billion
for the fourth quarter compared to same period last year. Also, Diluted EPS
for the year ending Dec 2012 as compared to same period last year increased by
6.5% to $4.29 and adjusted EPS increased by 10.4% to $5.30.

Stryker acquires Trauson Holdings to Broaden Expansion in China

According to the China National Committee on Aging, the number of Chinese
senior citizens is expected to increase from the current 185 million to 487
million by 2053. China is one of the emerging markets for medical equipment.
It has a huge population and also the average life expectancy of the
population is high. Download the free report on Stryker Corp. upon
registration at 

Stryker acquired Trauson Holdings in order to expand its presence in China
with a product portfolio and pipeline that is targeted at the large and fast
growing value segment of the Chinese orthopaedic market.

According to Kevin A. Lobo - President and CEO of Stryker, Trauson is a
convincing opportunity to drive growth in China and other emerging markets.
The acquisition will create significant competitive advantages in the
increasingly dynamic orthopedic industry. The main factors that will result
into synergy are research and development expertise, manufacturing
capabilities and strength of its distribution network.

In its Q4 2012 result Stryker posted Net sales growth of 5.5% to $2.3 billion
as compared to same period last year. For the full year 2012, net sales
increased by 4.2% to $8.7 billionas compared to same period last year.

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