Kugel Medical

20 years of Innovation at the autopsy table

The company KUGEL medical from the city of Regensburg, Germany is one of the leading manufacturers of laboratory furniture. However, when Claudia and Robert Karl started their business 20 years ago, they met their first customers at exhibitions abroad instead of at home in the domestic market.

Claudia and Robert Karl remember very well exhibiting their autopsy and dissection tables at their first exhibition in Beirut, Lebanon. “On our way to the exhibition we passed shot-up houses,” says Robert Karl, “and the exhibition itself took place in a poor steel hangar.” The Karls established their first business contacts there and learned more about the Middle Eastern healthcare market – a market that turned out to be one of the most important markets for Kugel’s laboratory furniture.

In 1995 and in cooperation with the stainless steel producer Kugel, from the city of Viechtach, Germany he decided to take the risk of becoming self-employed in a sector that was already dominated by some experts in the mid 1990s. This is why Robert and Claudia Karl decided to attend international exhibitions for medical equipment from Dubai through Malaysia. “We took a look at the markets for medical equipment all over the world and tried to gain a foothold in each country.” And, in fact, they managed the rare feat of establishing a company abroad first – especially in the Middle East and East Europe. Meanwhile, the company was able to produce good references in Germany too. “Entrepreneurial thinking and the attention to the needs of our customers were the basis of our success,” explains Claudia Karl. Back at that time when everybody was selling standard products, Robert Karl decided to develop individual solutions for his customers.

Entire planning of a laboratory

The product range is made of almost everything that is used in a modern laboratory and it has been continuously expanded according to the customer’s requirements. Today Kugel’s range of products includes a couple of standardized solutions with many individual details and a focus on dissection tables for any kind of diagnostic work. “Our specialties are the integrated exhaust units for dissection and autopsy tables. In addition to that we offer a complete range of stainless steel furniture, morgue refrigeration units and transport and storage equipment,” explains Robert Karl. More and more often Robert Karl is being asked to take over the entire planning of a laboratory with the result that Kugel has not become only a supplier but also a planner.

Histo-pathological laboratories, forensic centers, universities, hospitals, anatomic institutes and pharmacy companies as well as veterinary pathologies count among Kugel’s customers. The customers come from Europe, Middle East, Russia, Asia and Australia. In total, Kugel exports to 72 countries with the help of approximately 130 business partners around the globe.

“We are always open to new ideas, products and markets,” says Claudia Karl. At the moment, the entrepreneur couple is trying to gain a foothold on the Latin American market and in Brazil in particular. “On the technical side, exhaust and ventilation technology has never been more important than now, especially energy recovery and filtration of pollutants play a main role,” adds Robert Karl.

“This year, Kugel medical celebrates its 20-year anniversary – an anniversary which we are very proud of and which motivates us even more to develop and manufacture state-of-the-art solutions for our customers around the world.”

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

# 1 Hospital for 24 years straight

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has once again been named the #1 rehabilitation hospital by U.S. News & World Report – a recognition unmatched by any hospital of any kind anywhere in the United States. Each year they treat over 50,000 patients from more than 70 countries throughout the world.

Experts say RIC is worth the trip

RIC pairs the world’s finest minds in physical medicine and rehabilitation research with specialized care for a patient’s best chance at a faster and more complete recovery.

For decades their approach has garnered top rankings from leading independent organizations across the country including: • #1 in Clinical Care – U.S. News and World Report • #1 in Research – National Institutes of Health • #1 in Academic Training – Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine • #1 in Nursing – Magnet Recognition, American Nurses Credentials Center RIC holds an unparalleled research distinction with a record eight, multi-year, multi-million dollar federal research designations. Currently there are more than 350 clinical studies underway dedicated to improving treatments and creating better outcomes for patients.

Rankings are nice. Successes are best.
From Accident to Activist Laetitia

Hatem, a 17-year-old girl from Beirut, loved riding horses. One day, her ride ended in a frightening fall that damaged her spinal cord and left her paralyzed from the neck down.

After a devastating diagnosis from their doctor in Lebanon, Laetitia’s father found RIC online. He was intrigued by the deep scientific focus and interdisciplinary care and flew Laetitia and the family over 10,000 miles to get her admitted to RIC.

With the support of her family, RIC’s care team, and the world’s most advanced technology, Laetitia walked out of the hospital under her own power. Laetitia is now not only back to riding horses, but running marathons, attending university and is a spokesperson for physical medicine and rehabilitation in Lebanon.

A Full Family Recovery

Roberto Rodriquez, one of Mexico’s most successful businessmen, suffered a sudden debilitating stroke in July of 2014. His wife, Sandra emailed RIC seeking a more advanced rehabilitation and comprehensive stroke program than what was available for him at home. She was immediately connected to one of our Spanish-speaking Global Patient Services coordinators who assisted with all the details and logistics to get Roberto to RIC.

When he arrived at RIC, Roberto needed assistance to stand, required a feeding tube for nutritional support and had a tracheostomy tube to protect his airway. His speech was slurred and he was weak, but still determined to start therapy to improve his condition. After just one month in the intensive stroke program, he was eating independently, breathing without the tube and ready to return to work.

“At RIC people are willing to give their time and life to help patients find their way back. They have the knowledge, patience, guidance and unwavering commitment to making Roberto who he used to be,” Sandra Rodriquez said.

Date of upload: 20th March 2015


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