Philips and Amiko signed an agreement on the production of MRI in the Moscow region

The Dutch manufacturer of medical equipment Philips and the Amiko group of companies signed an agreement to organize the production of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners on the basis of the JSC „Rentgenprom“ plant in the Moscow region. The volume of investments in the project has not been disclosed, the planned capacity is up to 50 units per year.
The company is expected to produce the Philips Ingenia 1.5T MRI model. The first medical devices will roll off the assembly line in the second half of 2021, and it is planned to assemble at least ten devices by the end of the year. The project will be implemented in two stages – small-scale assembly at the first stage, in 2021, with a further expansion of the number of components, technological operations and an increase in the ad valorem share from 2022 and reaching the capacity of 50 devices per year.

In the summer of 2017, Philips began production of high and expert class ultrasound systems and computed tomography (CT) devices at the production base of CJSC Rentgenprom, which is part of the Amiko holding. At the first stage, it was planned to produce 150 ultrasound systems and 10 CTs per year, the volume of investments in the project was not disclosed.

The production of MRI is part of a plan to expand production in Russia, the company said. In addition, Philips plans to deepen cooperation in the production of CT. The company noted that the medical equipment assembled in the Moscow region is not inferior in quality to imported devices and meets the unified production standards of the major.

Thanks to the new production, the company expects to shorten the delivery time for „heavy“ medical equipment to the Russian market and gain an advantage in the speed of shipment due to late customization of equipment for a specific customer directly in Russia. In addition, in the future, Philips expects to receive the CT-1 certificate to confirm the status of domestic production.

GC „Amiko“ is a production holding that unites enterprises specializing in the production of various types of medical X-ray equipment, ultrasound and CT. The association includes ZAO Aprelevskiy Zavod Roentgentekhniki, ZAO Rentgenprom and OOO Rentgen-Komplekt. According to SPARK-Interfax, in 2019 Amiko’s revenue amounted to 3.542 billion rubles, net profit – 199.3 million rubles.

Royal Philips is a manufacturer of diagnostic equipment (MRI, CT, X-ray and ultrasound machines), solutions for monitoring the condition of patients, as well as personal medical and household appliances. In 2018, Philips had sales of health and healthcare solutions of € 19.5 billion.

In 2019 and 2020, MRI was included in the list of re-equipment of medical organizations under the Healthcare national project for oncology clinics and the modernization of primary care with a total funding of 290 billion and 550 billion rubles. The Ministry of Health in January 2019 recommended purchasing domestic equipment with equivalent technical characteristics. In December 2020, the Government of the Russian Federation established a minimum quota for purchases of domestic medical products – for MRI they amounted to 30% in 2021 with an increase to 50% in 2022 and 2023 for tenders under 223-FZ and 44-FZ.

In addition to Philips, plans for the serial production of MRI in Russia are being developed by the Chinese manufacturer of medical equipment MinFound on the basis of the Kazan PharmMedPolis RT. The volume of investments in the project designed for 5 years is estimated at 1–3 billion rubles, the estimated depth of production localization ranges from 50% to 90%. In addition to the manufacturer from China, in December 2020, the expert council of the special economic zone Dubna approved the application of the Russian LLC MIP-Technologies for the serial production of domestic high-field MRI of the Prestige-15 series in the Moscow region. The production capacity is estimated at no less than 66 items per year, the estimated volume of investments is 1 billion rubles, the timing of the project has not been announced.