Swedish medical and communications system supplier, Sectra, has entered into an agreement with Dutch company, Royal Philips Electronics to distribute its picture archiving and communications system across Japan.

Under the agreement, of which the financial terms were not disclosed, the PACS will be sold by Philips under a joint branding policy.

Danny Risberg, chief operating officer for Philips Electronics Japan, said: “Under this agreement we will have the ability to integrate Sectra PACS with Philips modalities in our market, giving us the opportunity to improve our performance and expand the offering to our customers in the Japanese market.”

According to Sectra, the deal is highly significant both companies as the Japanese medical devices market is the second largest in the world after the US.

The agreement rebuilds a partnership that ended between the two companies in 2005, which saw Sectra and Philips work together to become one of the leading PACS providers in Japan, where there is still an installation base of more than 30 Sectra/Philips PACS systems.

Dr Torbjörn Kronander, president of Sectra’s medical operations, said: “This is a very important agreement for Sectra since it provides us with a strong and competent partner in a key market.

“Furthermore, signing this agreement in Japan proves the values of the high quality and stability of our PACS systems. We look forward to revitalising our association with Philips, focusing on both companies’ strengths.”