With 137,000 visitors, the recent concurrent staging of MEDICA 2008, 40th World Forum for Medicine, and COMPAMED 2008, International Trade Fair for Components, Parts and Raw Materials for Medical Manufacturing (including the MEDICA Congress and the German Hospital Congress), closed to the same results as the previous event in 2007. "Despite the worldwide financial crisis MEDICA and COMPAMED have confirmed their leading rank as the World Forum for Medicine. The year with the highest number of events ever in the history of Messe Düsseldorf has ended very satisfactory," commented Wilhelm Niedergöker, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf. The 4,313 exhibitors from 67 countries at MEDICA 2008 presented the complete spectrum of new products, services and processes for use in physicians' offices and hospitals.
MEDICA 2008 also confirmed its reputation as the sector's leading event for decision-makers. Almost 90% of the trade visitors were involved in relevant investment decisions, while 70% had decision or co-decision making authority. Exhibitors confirmed the attendees' high willingness to invest. "Especially during a credit crunch, investments are closely examined. The visitors at MEDICA and COMPAMED therefore took a particular interest in efficient processes for streamlining treatment processes. With many of the innovations presented, considerable savings can be achieved," explained Wilhelm Niedergöker.
Just fewer than 40% of the visitors at MEDICA 2008 came from countries other than Germany. On the exhibitor side, 70% of the companies were from outside of Germany. The leading foreign exhibitor nations were China (377 companies), the U.S. (355), Italy (332), Great Britain (246) and France (210). The number of U.S. exhibitors includes 166 companies displaying their products within two successful U.S. Pavilions, organized by Messe Düsseldorf North America.
The MEDICA Congress 2008 again provided a wide spectrum of medical education programs in form of training courses, seminars and discussion forums. Participants were particularly interested in cardiovascular medicine, diabetes and dementia. "Also high in demand were the courses offering hands-on training with new medical devices, such as ultrasonic devices or microscopes. The seminars on palliative medicine, which were newly incorporated into the program, were also very popular," noted Dr. Julia Rautenstrauch, Secretary General of MEDICA - German Association for Interdisciplinary Medicine.
"Quality has its price!" was the main theme of the 31st German Hospital Congress. About 1,800 participants from hospitals and the health care policy sector obtained information on hospital-related issues specifically concerning the recent structural change within the German health care system.
At COMPAMED 2008, 519 exhibitors (compared to 450 in 2007) presented an impressive array of products and systems, such as new materials, components, packaging solutions and complex processes in the field of micro technology. A total of 15,000 of the 137,000 trade visitors at MEDICA and COMPAMED 2008 were particularly interested in these exhibits. COMPAMED 2008 featured the first U.S. Pavilion - with the latest technology presented by nine U.S. exhibitors. A major topic at the COMPAMED Forum was all aspects of product development.
The dates for the next MEDICA staging are November 18 - 21, 2009 (COMPAMED: November 18 - 20, 2009) in Düsseldorf, Germany. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at MEDICA or COMPAMED 2009, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit the web site http://www.mdna.com/