Konica Minolta announced that it has acquired Sawae Technologica, an x-ray system equipment manufacturer based in Minas Gerais, Brazil, through its Brazilian healthcare sales company, Konica Minolta Healthcare do Brazil.

Konica reports that the increasing population in Brazil requires significant technical advancements and efficiencies in healthcare. In addition, obsolete and aging x-ray equipment and other medical systems in the market need replacement. The company said it hopes through the acquisition to gain Sawae’s strong market recognition, as well as its nationwide sales network and local manufacturing capability.

According to Konica Minolta, to grow its healthcare business in Brazil, it will also enhance its sales of digital radiography and computed radiography as part of the company’s primary imaging solutions. With a focus on primary imaging, Konica Minolta intends to help clinicians make early decisions and help reduce healthcare costs by providing the necessary information to rule in or rule out disease.

Founded in 1993, Sawae has been locally manufacturing and selling x-ray system equipment in four major states in southwestern Brazil (Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia), and expanding nationwide. The company has been known for its high-quality products with a widespread recognition in the market, says Konica Minolta.

In April 2015, Konica Minolta established its Brazilian subsidiary in Sao Paulo. The company reports that its acquisition of Sawae further solidifies its presence by enhancing its capability to provide solutions that specifically meet the needs of the Brazilian market. As a result, Konica Minolta will increase its position in diagnostic imaging by strengthening its offerings with the AeroDR and Sawae’s combined x-ray systems solutions, the company says.

For more information on the acquisition and the systems offered in Brazil, visit the Konica Minolta website.