Belimed has acquired Sterifast to enter the fast growing 
low temperature sterilization market

Zug, June 1st, 2017 – The Belimed Group (Infection Control Business Unit of Metall Zug Group) has acquired 100% of the shares of Sterifast, a Portuguese company specializing in low temperature sterilization. 
With the increase in Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) procedures, there is a growing need for complex surgical instrumentation. The majority of these instruments are heat and moisture sensitive, requiring the need for low temperature alternatives.  With this acquisition, Belimed will have access to the innovative H202 technology developed by Sterifast. 
The founder of Sterifast, Mr. Helder Gonclaves, will remain with the company as Belimed continues to develop the existing product platform with the goal of introducing a new generation of Belimed low temperature sterilizers to complement our existing portfolio of steam sterilization and washing disinfection systems.
 “To get access to the innovative low temperature technology of Sterifast is a milestone for Belimed. Based on the proven Sterifast technology, our low temperature offering will strengthen our position as full solution provider and as one of the global leaders in infection control,” says Beat Spalinger, Delegate of the Board of Directors and CEO Belimed Group.

About Sterifast

Originally founded in 1998 by Helder Gonçalves, one of the leading inventors in low temperature sterilization, Sterifast Sterilization & Disinfection Systems Lda., is a private held company based in Boticas, Portugal. Sterifast is dedicated to develop, manufacture and sell low temperature sterilizers based on H2O2 technology. The company has three permanent employees and is supported by a team of outsourced specialists. For more information about Sterifast, visit the company website at

About the Belimed Group

Belimed is one of the leading global suppliers of innovative cleaning, disinfection and sterilization solutions for Medical and Life Science. The company has some 1 200 employees in 10 countries and is represented by a network of sales subsidiaries and authorized partners in more than 80 countries.

About the Metall Zug Group

Metall Zug is an industrial group of companies headquartered in Zug, comprises three business units and has a workforce of more than 3,900 employees. The Household Appliances Business Unit includes the Swiss market leader V-ZUG AG with its foreign subsidiaries and V-ZUG Kühltechnik AG, SIBIRGroup AG and Gehrig Group AG. The Infection Control Business Unit is represented by the Belimed Group, and the Schleuniger Group makes up the Wire Processing Business Unit. The holding company Metall Zug AG is listed in the Swiss Reporting Standard of SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich (type B registered shares: securities number 3 982 108, ticker symbol METN).
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Christina Ritchie
Head of Corporate Communication 
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