HELSINKI, Finland: Dr Janos Vág became a dentist out of necessity, but he would have preferred to have become a computer science engineer. However, when it was time to choose his educational path in 1989, there were few opportunities for engineers. His father, a dentist, suggested that he could make use of his scientific and technical interests in dentistry as well, so Vág decided to follow in his father’s footsteps.
This year, Planmeca is celebrating 50 years of contributions to modern dental practice. Many of our readers will know Heikki Kyöstilä, chairman and CEO of the Finnish dental manufacturer. Kyöstilä has been credited with putting Finland on the global dental map, and he has remained humble and customer-focused even as Planmeca set sales records and grew into a household name in dentistry. Dental Tribune International spoke with Kyöstilä to find out more about Planmeca’s achievements and about the man who founded one of the largest dental manufacturers in the world.