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Inauguration of IBA IBA began its existence in 1986 as a spin-off of the Cyclotron Research Center of the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) in Belgium, which produced its first cyclotron in 1947. The objective was to exploit a unique expertise in particle accelerator technology to meet growing needs in the fields of medicine and industry. While initially active in medical imaging, IBA quickly recognized the need to diversify. The company turned therefore its attention to radiotherapy and developed cyclotrons able to treat numerous forms of cancer with a degree of precision and efficacy not possible before. In 1992, IBA expanded activities into the industrial sector of Sterilization & Ionization by introducing the Rhodotron®, a new type of particle accelerator based on a patented concept of the French Atomic Energy Commission. Acquisition of Radiation Dynamics Inc In February 1999, IBA acquired Radiation Dynamics Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries, specialised in electron-beam accelerators. RDI was well-established in the field of high power low energy e-beam accelerators used for heat shrinking and polymer modification applications in the wire, cable, tubing, tire, film and foam industries. This acquisition reinforced IBA’s prominent position in the electron beam field as the RDI product line complements nicely IBA’s high energy, high power Rhodotrons®. Adding a very large installed base (more than 200 units) essentially in the US, RDI has also served as a stronghold for the development of IBA accelerator business in North America. RDI is now IBA Industrial Incorporated. Establishment of IBA China In June 2007, IBA opened a new facility in Beijing, China. It serves as IBA’s Headquarters for all Business Units in Asia. The opening of the China facility, located in the suburb of Beijing, is part of an overall development program to optimize the opportunities in one of the fastest growing markets. The facility is now the IBA’s homebase for the development of its different business units in Asia.
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- 1348, Belgium, Louvain-la-Neuve, Chemin du Cyclotron 3