The year 2022 has been a wild one. The effects on industry that COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine have had across the world has not spared the market for C-Arms and imaging equipment in general. That being said, now seems like a good time to explain what is going on in the C-Arm market.
For starters, the manufacturing shortcomings worldwide have also hit the market for imaging equipment. The original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been having difficulty manufacturing their C-Arms due to an inability to procure all the parts that are required to build them. As a result, the OEMs have been selling fewer systems while taking longer to deliver the systems that they do sell. When OEM sales are down, that also means that older C-Arms are not being replaced as frequently which impacts the availability of systems on the resale market.
It is not only the OEMs that are having difficulties with parts. When a refurbishment is performed, there are sometimes parts that do not come straight from the manufacturer. Two specific parts that are mandatory for a refurbishment but have recently been in short supply are batteries and flat screen monitors. Delays in acquiring necessary parts can impact the delivery schedule for C-Arms being sold.
In addition to a shortage on parts, the high price on gas has increased both the cost of shipping the parts needed for C-Arms as well as the cost of delivering the C-Arms once ready for shipment. All of these factors have led to a fluctuation of the sales price of C-Arms worldwide.
The best thing that you can do if you are in the market for a C-Arm is to plan out your purchase well in advance. Where in the past we urged our customers to place an order for a C-Arm one to two months prior to needing it, now we are asking our customers to place their orders two to four months prior to their start date. This allows us to find the best C-Arms for our customers while leaving us plenty of time to source all the materials needed to make the C-Arm patient ready.
Basically, now more than ever it is important to plan out your C-Arm purchase as far in advance as possible. As always, Atlantis Worldwide is here and happy to help you make those plans so that you C-Arm arrives when you need it at a price that is within your budget.
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About the author: Alex Silbergleit