YORK, Pennsylvania--Dentsply International has entered into a strategic partnership with DIO.
DIO is a company based in Busan, South Korea, that produces dental implant devices and associated accessories.
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DENTSPLY's investment includes an initial ownership of less than 20% of the outstanding shares of DIO with an additional investment in debt, which might be converted into common shares after a one-year period.
Jin Cheol Kim and Jin Baek Kim, cofounders of DIO, will retain a significant ownership in the company and remain active in the management and operations of the business.
"Together our companies have world-class manufacturing capabilities for dental implant production in both Europe and Asia," said Bret Wise, DENTSPLY's chairman and chief executive officer. "This will allow us to better meet a broader range of customer needs, particularly in emerging markets."
DENTSPLY, a York-based manufacturer of dental implants and materials, said the move will be "slightly accretive" to its earnings in the first year, minus transaction costs.
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