Filters for Dialysis

The B. Braun Avitum Saxonia GmbH manufactures dialyzers at no less than three locations in Saxony. About 1,000 employees develop new dialyzers, spin the fibers for them, mold the housings, and assemble and pack the filters.

In der Dialysatoren-Fertigung bei B. Braun Avitum Saxonia GmbH (Quelle: B. Braun Avitum Saxonia GmbH)

Patients suffering from chronic renal insufficiency are dependent on having their blood cleansed via dialyses at regular intervals. The core element in this treatment is the dialysis machine, a filter that acts as an "artificial kidney" and uses various physical processes to remove toxins from the metabolism and excess water from the blood. To do this, the patient's blood is passed through up to 15,000 hollow fibers in the dialyzer, the walls of which consist of a thin membrane. This membrane has extremely fine pores that allow toxins to pass through but retain the patient's essential blood components.

B. Braun Avitum Saxonia GmbH, a subsidiary of the medical technology manufacturer B. Braun Melsungen AG, manufactures precisely this centerpiece of dialysis, the dialyzer, in three plants at its Dresden site. With the help of almost 1,000 employees, fibers are spun, housings are formed, assembled and packaged in Radeberg, Berggießhübel and Wilsdruff. Everything from a single source.

B. Braun has decided to concentrate the "Extracorporeal Blood Treatment" division in Saxony. This means that, in addition to production, the further development of dialyzers also takes place here at the Dresden site. The high density of scientific and research institutions in the greater Dresden area was a decisive factor in the choice of location. This offers ideal conditions and growth opportunities for innovative companies: In September 2018, the third plant of B. Braun Avitum Saxonia GmbH, the new filter factory in Wilsdruff, was opened - Europe's most modern production facility for dialyzers.

B. Braun Avitum Saxonia GmbH