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International Health Industry Converge in Düsseldorf

By Daniel Beris
Posted on 14 Nov 2016
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Image: MEDICA and COMPAMED 2016 open in Düsseldorf (Photo courtesy of MEDICA).
Image: MEDICA and COMPAMED 2016 open in Düsseldorf (Photo courtesy of MEDICA).
The world’s biggest medical trade fair, MEDICA 2016 (Dusseldorf, Germany), taking place from the 14th to the 17th of November is set to cross a major threshold, with 5,112, exhibitors participating from 68 nations. Concomitantly, COMPAMED 2016, which takes place on the same dates, also breaks its own attendance record, with 774 exhibitors from 37 countries, compared to the previous year’s attendance count at 773.

MEDICA and COMPAMED together will occupy all 19 halls of the Düsseldorf exhibition grounds, and entrance to both is gained via a single ticket. In 2015, a total of 130,000 visitors attended, with 19,000 specifically interested in topics that COMPAMED focuses on. The convergence of interests is an outcome of an increased importance placed on improved outpatient and clinical care, as evident in current product trends and innovations. Medical technology is becoming smaller, more cost effective, and with increased emphasis on linking options; at the same time, suppliers are seeking more advanced, lighter components, elements, chips, and radio modules.

In addition, the subcontracting and outsourcing of services for all elements of the device process chain (research and development, production, supply chain management, quality management, spare parts handling, etc.) are increasing in importance. This trend continues through MEDICA exhibitors, which exhibit a spectrum of products and services for modern health care in doctors’ practices and hospitals, from lab technology to physiotherapy and orthopedic technology, commodities and consumables, and up to electrotherapy, medical technology, and health IT.

“No other event in the world offers this comprehensive overview of the newest medical products and developments,” said Horst Giesen, Director of MEDICA and COMPAMED. “The digitalization wave is really taking hold in the health industry, and in almost all medical disciplines, as well as in the processes implicated in the outpatient and hospital sectors. This digitalization has an impact on both the doctor and the patient.”

“80% of the MEDICA floor space booked by exhibitors has gone to international stakeholders. The biggest floor space bookers come from Germany, Italy, China and the USA, followed by France, the UK, Turkey and South Korea,” said Joachim Schäfer, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf.

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