SANTA CLARA, California--Align Technology, Inc. has announced an agreement giving Invisalign Australia Pty. Ltd. and Invisalign Hong Kong Pty. Ltd. sole distribution rights for the Invisalign system in Australia and Hong Kong, respectively.
Effective Jan. 31, Invisalign Australia Pty. Ltd. and Invisalign Hong Kong Pty. Ltd. will be owned and operated by Mark van Weelde, formerly Align's Managing Director, Asia Pacific.
Align is the inventor of Invisalign, a proprietary method of straightening teeth without wires or brackets.
"This distribution agreement will streamline regional operations and meet the needs of Asia Pacific customers in the most effective and efficient way possible," said Gil Laks, Align's Vice President, International.
"Partnering with Mark van Weelde provides Align with a distributor that has extensive knowledge of the Invisalign system and that can ensure Invisalign doctors in the region continue to receive great service from local representatives they've grown to know and trust."
As part of the Agreement, Align entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement with Mark van Weelde, whereby van Weelde purchased 100 percent of the shares in Invisalign Australia Pty. Ltd. and Invisalign Hong Kong Pty. Ltd.
As the regional distributors for these markets, these companies will assume all Invisalign sales, customer support and clinical education.