Our history of innovations and acquisitions

- 1890 -
The Beginning

In 1891 the Kerr Company is founded as a partnership under the name of Detroit Dental Manufacturing Company. The Detroit Dental Manufacturing Company opens in to the European Market in 1893.

- 1900 -
KaVo is Formed

In 1909 KaVo is founded in the Steglitz sector of Berlin by Alois Kaltenbach with the motto, "Quality and precision."

- 1910 -
Our First Partner

In 1919 Richard Voigt becomes partner, and "KaVo" becomes the official company name.

- 1940 -
Kerr Makes a Name for Itself

In 1940 the company name is officially changed to Kerr Manufacturing Company and introduces a complete line of Precision Casting Equipment.

- 1950 -
Borden-Air 60 Product Launch

In 1958 KaVo launches its first turbine called Borden-Air 60.

- 1960 -
Our First Division

In 1961 Kerr launches the market-leading temporary resin cement, Temp-Bond. KaVo develops the first dental panoramic X-ray, ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPH™ OP1, by Instrumentarium Dental.

- 1970 -
Product Expansion

In 1970 Pelton & Crane, a future KaVo Kerr company, launches the Light Fantastic operatory light. Meanwhile, Kerr acquires part of the McShirley line of products, adding Amalgamator and Spheraloy Dispenser to its portfolio in 1971. The Sybron Dental Product Division is formed in 1978.

- 1980 -
Consumable and Imaging Milestones

In 1984 the Herculite composite is introduced to the market. In 1983 Gendex launches the gold standard GX-770™ intraoral x-ray system. 

- 1990 -
Product Launches and Line Expansions

In 1992, the OptiBond™ dental adhesive is launched. In 1993, Kerr expands its line of high quality curing lights with the acquisition of Demetron. In 1998, KaVo introduces the DIAGNOdent™ revolutionary technology for the early detection of caries.

Since 1992, i-CAT has been at the global forefront in the development and manufacturing of the dental and maxillofacial radiography products. Internationally recognized as one of the most innovative companies in dental imaging.

In 1993, DEXIS, an industry leader of high quality digital imaging solutions for the dental community, is founded with a sensor developed in collaboration with the advanced materials division of Lockheed Martin.

In 1996, DEXIS introduces the industry’s first hot-swappable, external PC capture card, heralding a new era of ultra-portable and affordable digital X-ray devices. 

- 2000 -
A Major Decade for Kavo Kerr

In 2000, DEXIS introduces its total image management solution, incorporating digital radiography, film scanning, video imaging and custom report-writing tools.

In 2001, Kerr acquires Hawe Neos, in Europe, to enhance its offer of prophylaxis consumables. KaVo becomes part of Danaher Corporation, laying the foundation of the future KaVo Kerr dental platform.

In 2004, Gendex joins the KaVo Kerr portfolio.

In 2005, Pelton & Crane, a dental operatory equipment manufacturer with a 100-year history in North America, joins the KaVo Kerr family along with DEXIS, a leader in digital intraoral radiography. NOMAD was introduced to the market in 2005 by Aribex and quickly rose to become a global leader in handheld intraoral X-ray systems, changing the way dentists capture images.

In 2006, Kerr becomes part of Danaher Corporation.

In 2007, the i-CAT award-winning cone beam 3D system becomes part of KaVo Kerr.

In 2009, Instrumentarium Dental and Soredex imaging brands also join KaVo Kerr. In the midst of acquisition and new partnerships, Kerr launches the NX3 best-in-class universal permanent cement.

- 2010 -
Moving from Partnership to Joint Progress

In 2010, Kerr launches the first sonic-activated bulk fill composite system, SonicFill™.

In 2011 the ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPH™ OP300, a true 3-in-1 imaging solution, launches under Instrumentarium Dental.

In 2012 NOMAD™ handheld X-ray joins the dental platform.

In 2014, Total Care, Axis SybronEndo and Kerr reorganize into a strong, unilateral organization: Kerr Dental. Kerr goes on to acquire DUX Dental and Vettec Inc., adding to its portfolio leading solutions such as PeelVue+™ sterilization pouches, and Bib-Eze™ disposable bib holders.

In 2014, DEXIS™ CariVu, caries detection device, is introduced. This new technology uses near-infrared trans illumination to detect caries and cracks and absolutely zero ionizing radiation.

In 2016, Kerr introduces Harmonize™ Nanohybrid Universal Composite and OptiBond™ Universal Single-Component Universal Adhesive.

- 2017 -
Organized for Success

In 2017, KaVo introduces an expanded product portfolio in North America that includes innovative treatment units and advanced Imaging solutions, all under the KaVo name. KaVo launches the ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPH™ OP3D entry level imaging system. DEXIS celebrates its 20-year anniversary in the U.S. 

This same year, the KaVo Kerr organization is launched, officially bringing together KaVo and Kerr, two global leaders with a long history of innovation and commitment to Dental Excellence.  KaVo Kerr has a common purpose of enabling healthy, beautiful smiles and is committed to providing premier dental solutions with exceptional customer experience globally.

The KaVo Kerr portfolio enables dental diagnosis and treatment solutions spanning restoratives, digital imaging solutions, core equipment, treatment units, handpieces/instruments, laboratory equipment, infection prevention and practice education.

The KaVo Kerr Preferred customer loyalty program is launched for the entire KaVo Kerr Portfolio.

- 2018 -
Continued Technology Innovation

KaVo introduces two new breakthrough sensors: DEXIS™ FS Ergo by KaVo, the first flexible sensor that sets a new industry standard in patient comfort. DEXIS™ Titanium by KaVo is the first SMART sensor to introduce Gesture Technology which allows X-ray activation without touching the computer. KaVo also introduces the latest version of the NOMAD handheld X-ray system, KaVo NOMAD™ Pro 2, with industry-leading battery technology, ergonomic design, and intuitive touchpad interface.

KaVo Kerr also launched SonicFill™ 3 SingleFill™ Composite System as the only sonic-activated bulk fill composite that helps clinicians craft quality restorations with greater ease and speed compared to incremental layering technique.

KaVo Kerr maintains a continued commitment to developing innovative solutions for the dental community.