Industry News: MEDICA and COMPAMED 2007 in Düsseldorf: the world’s largest medical trade fair to open with almost 4,800 exhibitors from 65 nations

08 Nov 2007

Next week from 14 to 17 November 2007 the international medical sector will be looking once again to Düsseldorf. This will see the start of the world’s largest medical fair MEDICA, 39th World Forum for Medicine with Congress and COMPAMED, High Tech Solutions for Medical Technology – 16th International Trade Fair for Components, Parts and Raw Materials for Medical Manufacturing (last event: 137,500 trade visitors). This time a total of almost 4,800 exhibitors from 65 nations – a record figure in the history of the events – will be presenting innovative products and services for clinics and medical practices in the fully occupied 20 halls of the exhibition centre with over two thirds of these exhibitors coming from abroad.

The largest contingent of exhibitors at MEDICA 2007 in terms of their number after Germany (1,316) are the USA (362), China (344), Italy (320), Great Britain (250) as well as France (204).

Suppliers, in particular German manufacturers of medical device technology and products, are hoping MEDICA will be able to trigger positive impulses for their business activities. Current annual forecasts from the industrial associations SPECTARIS and ZVEI are now also anticipating strong turnover growth on the German domestic market for the first time in a long while. While in previous years growth rates here remained at a constant of just some 3%, 2007 is expected to generate growth of 8% to bring it up to a total of approx. Euro 6 billion. Foreign trade is still also expected to post 7% growth to Euro 11 billion by the end of the year despite the strong Euro. Representatives from sector associations did, however, indicate at a press conference ahead of MEDICA that this domestic growth was most likely only a one-off peak due to a short-term backlog. Health policy regulations mean that growth in the coming years is anticipated to continue at a lower level.

The volume of medical products in Germany stands at Euro 20 billion. The world market volume is estimated at about Euro 190 billion. The savings that could be made through the consistent use of modern medical device technology in German surgeries and clinics amount to Euro 1.5 billion. These are the results of a recently published survey carried out by corporate consultants Droege&Comp. (on behalf of the industrial associations SPECTARIS and ZVEI).

Many innovations for in and out-patient care
MEDICA 2007 is clearly structured into product groups presenting the entire range of products, systems and services for medical care at doctor’s surgeries and clinics: from medical device technology and electro-medicine, laboratory technology and diagnostics and physiotherapy products to consumables and from information and communication technology for health facilities through to furnishings and facility management services. No other event in the world offers such a comprehensive and structured overview of the latest medical products.

Very much in favour at present are topical innovations for medical imaging and IT developments in the field of “electronic patient records” and “medical data networks”. Also in great demand are products that are used and also paid for by the patients themselves. Specifically, these are diagnostic applications that health-conscious individuals as well as chronically ill patients can use to gain a swift overview of key body parameters even when a doctor is not around (e.g. blood pressure measurements, blood pressure, weight/body fat ratio, heart rate variability).

Alongside established features in the MEDICA programme and the exhibitors’ ranges there are also the theme parks MEDICA MEDIA (Telemedicine/Hall 16), MEDICA VISION (Presentation of Research Facilties/Hall 3) and the Physiotherapy Forum (Hall 4).

Fixtures at MEDICA also include the MEDICA Congress (which last time attracted some 10,000 participants) as well as the German Hospital Congress.

Under its motto “From Research to Practice” the MEDICA Congress stands for a range of approx. 200 certified seminars and courses. The focal themes in 2007 are: cardiology, oncology, metabolic disorders and pain therapy as well as neurological topics such as strokes, depression and dementia disorders.

COMPAMED is booming – strong rise in exhibitor numbers
Running concurrently with MEDICA, COMPAMED is also experiencing a further upswing, this year even posting a considerable boom. Compared with 2006 the number of exhibitors has risen a staggering 45% to the current 460 participations from 30 nations (2006: 315 exhibitors from 25 nations). Booked exhibition space has also grown considerably to now more than 8,800 m².

In Hall 8a, and now also for the first time in the new Hall 8b, COMPAMED will focus on a comprehensive range of high-tech solutions for use in the medical technology industry – from new materials, components, upstream supplies, packaging and services through to complex micro systems technology and nanotechnology. The target groups at COMPAMED are production managers, heads of research and development and all those involved in planning the manufacture of medical products.

MEDICA and COMPAMED traditionally form a bridge between theory and practice in conjunction with the German Hospital Congress (CCD. Ost). Here the main focus is on topics relating to clinic management. The main topic of the 30th German Hospital Congress is “Shaping the Future” picking up on the current restructuring process going on in Germany’s approx. 2,100 clinics.

The halls are open daily from 10 am to 6.30 pm and on Saturday until 5.00 pm (MEDICA only).