1930 - 1970

1930

Founding of Dentimex

1939: Mr. Anne Jakob Dijk Sr. set up the Dental Import and Export Company becoming known as Dentimex in Zeist, The Netherlands.

Dentimex offered a wide range of dental products from international manufacturers to dental professionals in The Netherlands.

1930 Mister Anne Jakob Dijk Sr founded Dentimex
1940

Development of Vertex Denture Base Material

Developments in acrylic materials emerged and created new opportunities for dentures, proving a perfect replacement for the commonly used rubber materials.

Mr. Dijk created his magnum opus: he purchased raw materials from ICI and started producing denture base materials using PMMA. The products were sold as VERTEX, Latin for “the highest achievable point”. This marked the starting point for international growth, VERTEX products were exported to various European countries.

1940_Vertex_denture base material was created
1950

The Family Business

In the fifties the sons of Mr. Dijk’s joined the company to run the day to day business of the Dentimex trading company and further development of the Vertex product range. The export of Vertex products increased through long term business relationships with local distributors worldwide.

The production facilities needed more space and a new office and production plant were situated at Zeist in the Netherlands.

1950 New facility in Zeist, the Netherlands for business expansion
1960

New Vertex Products

Lab facilities were expanded for product development, resulting in new products. The era of quick polymerizing products started. New products like Vertex Rapid Simplified were introduced and are still successful in the dental industry.

New Vertex Products- Denture Material 1960
1970

Product Development

To meet the demands of the growing dental market new products were developed. Vertex Self Curing was introduced as a quick repair product for dentures. This cold-curing acrylic was processed and polymerized via a new technique and machinery. Vertex Castavite was added to the portfolio, together with a new type of cuvet, for a pouring technique used by innovative laboratories. 

1970 Vertex Castavite added to the portfolio of products

1980 - 2008

1980

A New Generation

The 3rd generation of the Dijk family joined the company focusing on enhancing the portfolio. The assortment was expanded by new types of acrylic materials. Resulting in Vertex Orthoplast for orthodontic regulators, Vertex Soft for soft relining, Vertex Trayplast for individual trays, and Vertex Kallodoc for facial and eye prosthetics.

A new generation of pouring acrylics, Vertex Castapress, was developed with a new type of catalyst system to achieve color stability.

1980 New Vertex Acrylic Materials are developed
1990

Product Certification

After the retirement of both Mr. Hans and Kees Dijk, the focus on the core business resulted in the dissolution of the Dentimex dental trading company in the late ’90s and the set-up of the new Vertex Dental company. Product development, manufacturing, worldwide sales, and marketing of Vertex denture base materials were key. 

As the business grew, the need for a Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs department was necessary. This resulted in Vertex Dental achieving the ISO 9001, ISO 13485 certificates, and a Medical Device 93/42/EG certification in 1994. All Vertex products were marked with a CE mark and were registered worldwide.

1990 Vertex products were marked with a CE mark and were registered worldwide
2002

Prepared for the Future

In 2002 a new management team was installed with Mr. Jacky Dijk, Mrs. Connie Peterse – van der Koppel and Mr. Rik. Jacobs. The company was restructured into a professional organization with strong export management. In 2005, to expand the business in the Asia Pacific, a regional sales office was set up in Singapore, Vertex-Dental Asia Pte Ltd. The Asia office was conducted by Mr. Jacky Dijk and served distributors in Australia, China, and Southeast Asia.

Jacky Dijk       Connie Peterse – van der Koppel       Rik Jacobs

2006

The Vertex-Dental Academy

The Vertex-Dental Academy was set up in order to provide specialist product training for denture base materials. Dental technicians from all over the world attended the training courses on-site.

Group of Trainees at the Vertex-Dental Academy

 

2007

Excellent Export Management is Rewarded

Mr. Rik Jacobs was awarded the “Export Manager Award 2007” and as a company, Vertex-Dental took second place as Exporting Company of the Year 2007.

Rik Jacobs is awarded the Export Manager of 2007

 

In the same year the company ownership structure was changed, Mr. Rik Jacobs and Mrs. Connie Peterse – van der Koppel joined the company as owners. The company’s core business and long-term strategy were reviewed, redefined, and translated into a new marketing approach: Vertex Dental, Premium Denture Solutions.

2008

Introduction of Quint Teeth

With the development of Vertex Quint Teeth, the Vertex product circle became complete. Vertex-Dental manufactures every component for dentures, full or partial. An innovative 5-layer morphological construction technique renders diversity to the teeth resulting in a richer perception of color. The five layers of different materials construct a durable, wear-resistant material. Vertex Quint teeth comprise a wide model range that meets everyday requirements. A true asset to the Vertex-Dental Premium Denture Solutions.

2008 Introduced the Quint Teeth    Quint teeth group image

2009 - Present

2009

A New Vision Statement

In 2009 the company redefines the vision and mission statement:

To be a worldwide leading manufacturer
of innovative custom made denture products and
to be recognized by dental professionals as a benchmark
for premium denture solutions with reliable performance.

2011

Vertex™ ThermoSens

Vertex™ ThermoSens was added to the broad product range. This material range is monomer-free and therefore ideally suited to patients unwilling or unable to accept dentures made from materials that could result in allergic reactions or other sensitivity problems. Vertex™ ThermoSens is virtually unbreakable and provides an excellent fit due to the lack of volume shrinkage.

2011 Vertex Thermosens is virtually unbreakable
2012

NextDent - Leading Dental Materials for 3D Printing

NextDent was founded in 2012 as a subsidiary company under Vertex Global Holding. The aim was to complement the dental materials portfolio of Vertex-Dental. With the NextDent materials, the company aimed to meet the demands of the new 3D printing innovations for dental technology and dental care industries.

2016

Vertex-Dental New Headquarters

Due to growth, Vertex-Dental started the build of a brand new building in Soesterberg in 2014. This became the new headquarters of Vertex-Dental in January 2016.

New Vertex Dental Building completed in 2016

 

2017

The Merge of Revolutionary Materials and Transformative Technology

In January 2017, Vertex Global Holding merged with 3D Systems. The combination of 3D Systems transforming Figure 4® 3D printing technology and NextDent’s revolutionary materials will enable 3D Systems to lead innovation in digital dentistry. We will leverage the unique opportunity to integrate the NextDent advanced materials and automated print workflows into transformative digital production solutions delivered to the dental industry.

 

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