Compamed 2019: BGS is very satisfied with outcome of trade fair

Wiehl, 22 November 2019 – Compamed is over and Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki, Managing Director of BGS, sums up the trade fair positively. On one hand, the company was able to welcome more visitors to the BGS stand than in previous years. On the other hand, there was increasing interest in alternative sterilization methods and advice regarding second-source solutions following the ongoing critical coverage on ETO sterilization and facility shutdowns in the US market. Under the motto “Energy that changes everything”, BGS actively contributed to creating awareness for themes like validation and process integration of radiation sterilization, as well as giving advice on the related regulatory requirements.

“As leading provider of sterilization services and solutions in the area of industrial application of beta and gamma rays, Compamed is a fixed date each year for BGS,” comments Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki. “The trade fair has high priority for us as a platform to exchange views and ideas with industry representatives and business partners. Despite sustained growth in the industry, the mood among medical technology companies was slightly subdued. One of the main reasons for this is the transition period of the EU Medical Device Regulation which will soon be expiring, combined with the ensuing uncertainty of marketing medical devices.” Many manufacturers fear they will not be able to place their devices on the market in a timely manner due to longer evaluation procedures. Central themes of concern in the industry were also the question of ensuring the necessary sterilization capacities commensurate with market growth, as well as establishing second sources for sterilization.

Sterilization of medical devices: Attention shifts to reducing failure risks

“The talks at the trade fair showed that the demand for double qualifications and back-up solutions for manufacturers of medical devices is becoming increasing relevant,” explained Ostrowicki. “In the context of risk assessment, every manufacturer should ask himself what would happen if there was a shutdown in the plant commissioned with the sterilization services. The most recent cases in the US show that longer shutdowns not only result in severe financial losses, but may in certain circumstances also lead to considerable supply gaps on the market; creating a second source is therefore absolutely advisable. Here, it was necessary to examine in each case whether the device in question at the existing service provider could be qualified for a second facility, whether contracts should be concluded with an additional provider, or whether a qualification for another method of sterilization was the best prevention to forestall failure risks. BGS has been following the principle of ‘redundancy’ for years now. This means that each of the three locations of the company is able to take over the processes of the other locations, thus increasing the reliability in the production.

You will find further information about radiation sterilization of medical devices and consumables for laboratories and biotechnology, amongst other things, here.










Compamed 2019: Radiation sterilization by BGS meets cutting edge medical technology

When it comes to sterile products for highly sensitive working areas, BGS is indispensable. Therefore, Germany’s leading provider in the industrial sterilization of medical products and lab diagnostics amongst other things is, with the help of its beta and gamma rays, once again firmly established at the Compamed in Düsseldorf. From November 18 – 21, 2019, BGS will provide information in Hall 08B, Stand 8BK16 about the capacity expansion that is being realised in Bruchsal with the reconstruction of the gamma facility; it will also provide advice to manufacturers of medical products concerning validation issues.

“In view of the medical-technical progress and the demographic development in the next years, the medical technology sector is and will remain an extremely successful growth and labour market,” comments Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki. “Without doubt, the demand for health care services and thus for medical products will continue to increase worldwide. According to estimates of the Federal Ministry of Health, there are already approximately 400,000 different medical products at present. Needless to say, the corresponding sterilization capacities have to keep up with this strong growth. BGS already invested in the expansion of facilities at a very early stage and is optimally equipped to support the market growth of the next years,”Ostrowicki continues to explain.

With the commissioning of the new gamma radiation facility, the company was already able to expand capacities for its customers to 80,000 palettes of sterile goods per year. In total, BGS operates two gamma plants and eight electron accelerators at three locations in Germany (Wiehl, Bruchsal, Saal). In these plants, medical products such as syringes, cannulas, catheters, and joint prostheses can be directly sterilized in the packaging within the shortest time and are ready for immediate use afterwards.

Based on the projected increase of sterile medical products, the topics of double qualification and back-up solutions for manufacturers of medical products will become even more significant in the future according to managing director Ostrowicki. “In the context of risk assessment, every manufacturer should ask himself what would happen if there was a shutdown in the plant commissioned with the sterilization services. We, at BGS, have been following up on the “principle of redundancy” for years. For example, each of our three locations is in a position to assume the processes of the other locations, by means of which the failure safety in production can be significantly increased,” explains Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki. Given this fact, the company once again regards itself as a solution provider at the Compamed this year and is available to answer the questions of manufacturers amongst others, giving them advice about issues relating to validation.

About the Compamed:

The Compamed trade fair in Düsseldorf is the international specialist trade fair for the medical supply industry and product development. In two trade fair halls with exhibition space of over 13,000 sqm, more than 750 exhibitors from 40 countries are expected to participate in 2019. Amongst the focus areas at the trade fair are high-tech solutions, raw materials and precursors, structural elements, components and sub-products for medical devices, technical equipment and technologies for producing medical devices, packaging and services, micro systematics, and nanotechnology as well as contract manufacturing “Electronic Manufacturing Services” (EMS), and complex OEM partnerships. In addition, international speakers and leading experts will participate in forums that present current trends in medical technology. The Compamed takes place at the same time as the Medica – the world’s largest medical trade fair. More information about the Compamed is available at






K Trade Fair 2019: BGS provides information about new applications for radiation crosslinked plastics at the world’s largest trade fair for plastics and rubber

The developments in the mobility sector are increasingly placing more complex demands on plastics: The shift towards electrical drive technologies results in the fact that plastics, in addition to their good electrical properties, high non-inflammability and higher continuous operating temperatures, must also have a high chemical resistance against electrolytes and coolants. Moreover, there are high mechanical requirements for strengths, stiffnesses and abrasion due to the necessity for weight reduction. Crosslinking of technical thermoplastics through electron beams provides an alternative to the use of metallic materials and costly high-performance plastics. BGS experts will explain the role of radiation crosslinked plastics for future mobility concepts in Hall 8A / D47 at the K Trade Fair in Düsseldorf from October 16 – October 23, 2019.

“This year, we are not only providing information about radiation crosslinking in general and thus the refinement of various types of plastics using beta and gamma rays”, explains Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki, Managing Director of BGS.  “The focus is primarily on the potential that our technology brings about for electro mobility and light construction. Here, amongst other things, we see the potential in the field of energy distribution, storage or production of energy in batteries or fuel cells, but also for the use of thermoplastic composite materials and/or organic sheets in light construction.

Through radiation crosslinking, technical plastics receive the mechanical, thermal and chemical properties of high-performance plastics. After that, the products prove themselves for use under conditions which they would normally not withstand otherwise. Among the customers of the radiation expert that has been active since 1981 are well-known manufacturers from the electrical technology, automotive industry as well as building technology and mechanical engineering sectors.

Meet BGS at the K 2019! Via this link to our trade fair calendar, you can arrange your desired time slot with one of our radiation crosslinking experts.

About the K Trade Fair

The K is the world’s largest trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, gathering the most important providers of plastics and rubber machines, raw materials and auxiliaries as well as semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastic products in one place. The K is complemented by the special show “Plastics Shape the Future”, where current topics are discussed such as packaging waste and climate change on one hand as well as preservation of natural resources, energy efficiency and recycling management on the other hand. On the eight days of the trade fair, 3,000 exhibitors and more than 200,000 visitors from all over the world are expected to attend. More information about the K can be found at

Event note: BGS at IMRP19 (April 1 – 5, 2019)

“Where Business and Science Connect”: Under this motto, the International Irradiation Association (iia) has invited the players in the irradiation industry to its 19th industry get-together, the International Meeting on Radiation Processing (IMRP). Organised in intervals of 2 to 3 years, this major international event is returning to Europe in 2019: Strasbourg will host the IMRP event from April 1 – 5, 2019. In workshops and talks, researchers, developers and entrepreneurs will present and discuss trends and new opportunities in the sterilization technology and radiation crosslinking.

BGS will be represented at IMRP19 with three talks on the following topics:

  • Monday, April 1, 2019:
    “Building a gamma irradiator in times of homeland security experiences from Germany”
    Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki, Managing Director
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019
    “New Opportunities in Radiation Crosslinking”
    Dr. Andreas Ostrowicki, Managing Director
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019:
    “Cutting-edge technologies for irradiation crosslinking and sterilization in industrial processes”
    Dr. Dirk Fischer, Head of Application Development

In addition, visitors to IMRP19 have the possibility to register for a tour of the BGS plant in Bruchsal. Amongst other things, participants await an insight into the production processes of the world’s most modern gamma radiation plant. The guided tour begins on Friday, April 5 at 8:30 a.m. in Strasbourg and ends about 1:00 p.m. in Bruchsal.

You will find more detailed information about IMRP19 at: