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Lima Corporate Completes Acquisition of Zimmer Biomet Assets in Japan


Lima Corporate completed its acquisition of the Zimmer® Unicompartmental High Flex Knee (ZUK) and the Discovery™ Elbow for the Japanese market. ZUK will be rebranded as Physica ZUK™. Lima will also take over the supply chain for these products.

Lima estimates the Japanese knee market to be >US $450MM, with unicompartmental knees representing ~4.5% of the total knee market, and the Japan elbow market to be >$2.4MM. Lima presently sells the SMR® Modular Shoulder in Japan.

Lima Japan opened in 2004. With this acquisition, the company has created new collaborations with >800 hospitals in Japan alone. 

Source: Lima Corporate

It has been a year of pivotal growth and strategic activity for Lima. Within 2015, the company:


ORTHOWORLD estimates the overall Japanese orthopaedic market to be valued at ~$3.5 billion, with large joints alone claiming 39% of that, and small joints 2%. In Japan, a population that is shrinking in numbers yet advancing in age will support a continued need for hip and knee replacements that allow a high range of flexion and accommodate small anatomies. 

See more insights on Japan in the complimentary report, The Japanese Orthopaedic Market (July 2015).