Boards of Directors of both DENTSPLY International Inc, York, Pa, and Sirona Dental Systems Inc announced that they have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement, resulting in a company with a dental sales and service infrastructure totaling 15,000 employees globally.

“This is an exciting day for both companies, for the dental community, and for patients around the globe. We are bringing together two world-class companies that share a culture of innovation and will foster the development of differentiated, integrated solutions for general practitioners and specialists, particularly in the highest growth segments of the dental industry,” said Jeffrey T. Slovin, president and chief executive officer of Sirona. “Combining Sirona’s proven digital solutions and equipment with DENTSPLY’s leading consumables platform creates the most comprehensive dental solutions offering available to meet customer demand in every key segment. I look forward to leading the talented teams of both Sirona and DENTSPLY as we drive the global digitization of dentistry, offer superior solutions to customers and patients, and create ‘The Dental Solutions Company.’”

The combined company, supported by its platforms in consumables, equipment, and technology, will offer a set of complementary offerings and end-to-end solutions to enhance patient care, the companies note.

“We are excited about bringing together two industry leaders,” said Bret W. Wise, chairman and chief executive officer of DENTSPLY. “DENTSPLY SIRONA will offer a comprehensive line of solutions to more effectively meet the needs of dental professionals all over the world and advance patient care. With a strong financial profile, comprehensive product offerings, and integrated solutions, DENTSPLY SIRONA will be uniquely positioned to deliver attractive returns to our shareholders and make dentistry better, faster, and safer around the world. I look forward to working with Jeff and the combined management team to deliver on this mission.”