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How “healthy” are health apps? What can they actually do for you?

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

With the multitude of new medical apps coming on the market, it’s tempting to just download them on our smartphones and tablets without further “ado”. But how good are these apps when it comes to our health? What defines a high-quality mini application in this field? How can these apps really help us? Consumers are overwhelmed by the sheer choice of apps and often end up downloading many but then not even using them. That’s why experts will discuss the topic of medical apps at the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM held during the world’s largest medical trade fair, MEDICA (November 12 - 15, 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany). The forum will demonstrate for example how apps can be used to ensure that medications are taken on time by generating reminders. Or how they can be successfully implemented in a company environment by helping employees leading healthy lifestyles. Something we can all use!

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MEDICA 2014 will also deal with apps that can improve the care of hospital patients. The topic “ISV – Information Scarcely Visible?” will be addressed at the 37th German Hospital Conference. In hospitals, touch screens are already being used to display a full range of information but this often includes too much information since generally, a chief physician requires a different set of information than a nurse. An iPad app should make this easier since it is configured in such a way that the users only see what they actually need. This means one app for many professional groups but with its own individual settings for each occupational sector involved. 

Apps can also be used for more cost effectiveness in the health sector, especially when it comes to a patient’s lengths of stay in a hospital. An app determines the maximum length of stay until a standard fee is applied by showing green, yellow or red signal lights. This should make work and operational procedures easier for both doctors and nurses. And this helps patients as well – a hospital stay is stressful enough!   

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At the live MEDICA App COMPETITION, the best app used in the daily routine of doctors and hospitals will be selected. App developers from around the world submit their apps and 15 pre-selected apps will then be presented on November 13, with a top-class jury selecting the winner. More information is available at http://www.medica.de/app_competition1.

 

So make sure you know which health apps to download – and actually use! Attend MEDICA 2014 this November. http://www.medica-tradefair.com offers great tools to prepare for a visit.

Topics: MEDICA, Düsseldorf, App, contest

Who Doesn’t Love Shoes?

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 @ 11:32 AM

describe the image     It’s high time for the dreaded spring/summer cleaning and a good opportunity to make space in the closet for much needed new shoes! Whether sandals, sneakers, loafers, boots, flats or high heels, this season has hip footwear for everyone. People are as individual as their shoes and want to stand out from the crowd.
    

Not only women are looking for the trendiest style but more and more men are getting bored with buying the same shoes just because its “easy” and kids are definitely not shy about letting their parents know what they want – a challenge for retailers who have to continually update their inventory to fit their customer’s tastes.

The perfect place to see what the next season has in store is GDS - Global Destination for Shoes and Accessories, showcasing the latest shoes styles and accessories from July 30 – August 1, 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. With earlier dates and a new concept, GDS will be the kick-off event of the season, featuring product, brand storytelling and shop-in-shop concepts, allowing buyers to get an overview at an early stage to to get all the necessary information for their orders. And the new private label focused event – tag it! will be held concurrently (July 29 – August 1) to address the international manufacturers and resellers of shoes and accessories with a focus on private label production. These two events will be an interesting international meeting place for everyone involved in the footwear sector to see the latest trends, get inspired and exchange ideas with colleagues.

With the revised exhibit hall layout, the upcoming GDS will be especially exciting. Instead of many different segments there will be three big Shopping Worlds: “HIGHSTREET-THE MODERN PULSE”, covering the spectrum from modern and sporty to traditional and wellness-focused and also including kids’ clothing and accessories, “POP UP- THE URBAN GROOVE”, a lively marketplace for trendy street wear and “STUDIO - THE PREMIUM NOTE”, presenting sophisticated shoe fashions from the minimalistic to the glamorous. In each of the three worlds, visitors are also guided through the “Highlight Route” – a defined path that leads them past exhibition stands, special product presentations, fashion shows and events.

In addition to all the returning companies, this new concept attracted many first time exhibitors to GDS and attendees can look forward to the footwear creation by labels such as Lacoste, Gant Footwear, Marc O´Polo and Napapijri Footwear in HIGHSTREET, Replay, Ria Menorca, Velvet Red, Original Penguin and Me & Macs in POP UP and Patrizia Pepe, Barbour Footwear, Porsche Design, Jil Sander Navy and Shades New York in STUDIO. The Brown Shoe Company will also premiere at GDS with their brand Naturalizer.

The fashion city Düsseldorf itself will roll out the red carpet with the new “OUT OF THE BOX” Festival for Footwear and Accessories, inviting GDS and tag it! participants to celebrate along with retailers, restaurants and cultural partners on August 1. From 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm, fashionistas and shoe fans can enjoy special events and entertainment in Düsseldorf stores and on the city streets. Special exhibitions and lectures, customizing activities and workshops plus events in galleries, bars and offsite locations all all part of the program.

Join the “fashion circus” and experience what the varied, colorful and surprising world of shoes and accessories has to offer. GDS and tag it! are trade only events and free entrance passes can be ordered online at www.gds-online.com and www.tag-it-show.com.

Topics: Germany, Düsseldorf, GDS, shoe trade show, shoes

MEDICA 2013 Blog: Are Doctors Becoming Redundant?

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 @ 12:34 PM

 

“Telecoaching”, “Quantified Self”, “Life Logging” and “Body Tracking” are only a few of the key words for the constantly growing market of eHealth applications. Most of them have been established in the private domain and their functionality is still rather questionable. With the motto “You are your own doctor”, apps and eHealth applications are providing more and more support for patients and physicians are increasingly confronted with this topic.    docs resized 600  

Therefore the question “Are doctors becoming redundant?” will be part of the agenda of the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM. This forum will be part of the world’s largest medical trade fair, MEDICA, to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany with more than 4,500 exhibitors (November 20 – 23, 2013). Klaus Juffernbruch of Cisco Systems – Internet Business Solutions Group, will lead the discussion about “Are doctors becoming redundant?” at the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM on Friday, November 22 at 11:00 am (in Forum 1).

MEDICA12 JV14694    In addition to the discussions there will also be the opportunity to check out new apps – with “hands on” approach: The “AppCircus” as part of the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM will give an overview of the current app trends and exemplary applications while the “AppGarden” lets visitors try out various mobile health apps.  

Could a doctor’s visit become a thing of the past? The number of applications for smartphones and tablet PCs that predominantly deal with the topic of health in the private domain is exploding. The A.T. company consultant Kearney has projected that the market for healthcare services with mobile technologies will triple until 2017. It will grow from approximately Euro 900 million in 2012 to Euro three billion in 2017. The most important segment with regard to turnover is hardware (mobile sensors and devices). However, an almost endless number of applications are decisively increasing the value of the devices from the consumer’s perspective.

For detailed information about the MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM,  click here.

 

 

 

 

Topics: MEDICA, medical, medical components, medical equipment, MEDICA Health IT Forum, Medical Device Manufacturing, Medical World Americas, MEDICA 2013

Discover Your World at CARAVAN SALON 2013

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 10:25 AM


Want To Have Some Fun
on Four Wheels?

All-wheel vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, and now is your chance to see why! At this year’s
CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF 2013 - The No. 1 Show for Motor Homes and Caravans, the special “Off-Road” show will give visitors the opportunity to test drive ATV’s in the outdoor area on a specially built obstacle course.
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If you aren’t that daring, you can opt to be driven as a passenger across an adventure course.  But that wouldn’t be half the fun….

describe the image     And if that’s not enough, the “Dream Tour Cinema” show will whet your appetite for RV travel in exotic locations on four different continents: Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Iran and Pakistan), Southeast Asia (Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Timor and Vietnam), South America (Iguazu Falls, Andean passes, Atacama Desert), and the U.S. (“Route 66” from Chicago to Los Angeles). So much to see – so little time!
  

 

CARAVAN SALON will be held from August 31 – September 8, 2013 (trade visitor day on August 30) at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.  Overall, some 570 exhibitors from 25 countries will present a wide range of mobile homes and RVs as well as accessories. From small and simple RVs for two people to compact vans and campers, from family RVs and alcove motor homes to luxury motor homes – the possibilities at CARAVAN SALON are virtually unlimited.

Entrance passes can be purchased online at www.caravan-salon.com for 13 Euros (1-day ticket) or 20 Euros (2-day ticket).

Make your next vacation a real adventure - come to CARAVAN SALON and be inspired.

Oh, and enjoy the ride!

Topics: Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, International Trade Shows, RV, caravans, CARAVAN SALON, caravanning, RVs, RV trade show

Cheers! Gan Bay! Kanpai! Gun Bae!

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 @ 10:43 AM

Younger Asian Wine Drinkers Drive Growth in Five Key Markets

According the new “Asia – Opportunities in China and beyond” survey of the British market research institute Wine Intelligence, China will remain the most attractive Asian market for wine exporters in the next five years. But the wine industry should also take advantage of opportunities in Japan, South Korea, Singapore and even Taiwan – the other key Asian countries studied in the report.     describe the image  

The results are based on extensive qualitative and quantitative research with consumers, importers and distributors across Asia. This survey about Asian wine markets was commissioned by Messe Düsseldorf, organizer ProWein, International Trade Fair Wines and Spirits, held annually in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Although all five markets differ substantially - it would be a mistake for the wine industry to consider Asia as a single cultural entity - there are some trends and characteristics that can be observed across the continent. The new ProWein study shows that the trend towards every day, affordable imports is evident across Asia as wine gets away from its image of being purely a luxury product and becomes more attractive to younger consumers. They in particular like wine as part of their lifestyles and show a real interest in understanding it better. The on-trade is often the best way to target these consumers.

describe the image                                China’s spectacular growth is likely to continue due to improved ranges in supermarkets and more affordable pricing. Consumers are associating imported wine with sophistication and wellbeing and the number of imported wine drinkers is expected to increase well beyond the current 19 million.   

In Japan, much of the market growth is being driven by the off-trade, as consumers turn away from the on-trade for economic reasons. Wine is increasingly part of a meal for Japanese families as they embrace more Western-style eating habits. With 47 million regular wine drinkers, Japan is a relatively mature market for wine, with younger consumers regarding wine as a trendy drink and more open to “experiment” than older Japanese wine drinkers.

In South Korea too, growth is coming from younger people. The market has a huge capacity for growth: wine accounts for just 20% of drinks sales and is regarded by many Koreans as a special-occasion beverage. But the market has been growing steadily since 2000, particularly when it comes to Chilean imports and sparkling wines.

Singapore is the smallest of the five markets but the wine industry here is already buoyant, with an increasingly knowledgeable population keen to learn more about wine. Strong brand identity and high volumes are often the key to success in this geographically limited market.

Taiwan is a more problematic market for wine exports than the other Asian countries. There are more barriers facing the wine industry, including a ban on internet sales, high taxes and few English language speakers. The high price of wine and lack of female drinkers are also factors that limit opportunities in Taiwan. But again, younger consumers are showing an interest in wine and helping it to not be regarded as a prestige product.

The upcoming ProWine trade fair in Shanghai (organized by Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai and China International Exhibitions) is the ideal venue to get access to this lucrative Asian wine market. From November 13 - 15, 2013, ProWine China will offer both international and domestic producers of quality wines and spirits a platform, thereby giving Chinese retailers and importers a comprehensive overview and the opportunity for productive business contacts. A diverse supporting program consisting of tastings and seminars will complement the exhibits. With ProWine China, Messe Düsseldorf brings the successful concept of Düsseldorf ProWein to China.

Topics: Messe Düsseldorf, International Trade Shows, wine, wine and spirits, wine show, alcohol, trade fair, China, Shanghai

A Great Opportunity for Medical Technology Suppliers

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 @ 15:50 PM

Patients Expect More Personalized Medical Care
for their Money

The health care industry sees medical technology as an especially innovative, promising growth "field". In no other area does the general population welcome the increase in technology more than in modern medical technology. The majority considers developments in preventive medicine, diagnosis and treatment as positive and at the same time, due their ever increasing share of medical expenses, they expect a high degree of therapy benefit and personalized treatment.

The efforts to provide "tailor-made" therapy for patients when it comes to medical technology and medicine will be impressively demonstrated by more than 4,500 exhibitors at the world's largest medical trade fair - MEDICA 2012 (November 14 - 17 in Düsseldorf, Germany) - and the concurrently staged COMPAMED 2012 (November 14 - 16), International Trade Fair – High tech solutions for medical technology, with over 600 exhibitors.   Medica11 2805J  

The globally unique combination of MEDICA and COMPAMED represents the entire process chain, displaying the complete range of medical products, devices and instruments and show how the close cooperation between suppliers (COMPAMED exhibitors) and "medtech" companies (MEDICA exhibitors) is advancing the development of new procedures, devices and products for personalized patient care.

Stay competitive and attend Compamed and Medica 2012 this November! You will be amazed by all the latest developments for personalized patient care – be it molecular genetic testing, biochip technology, printed electronics or BioMEMS.

Topics: Germany, MEDICA, medical, medical components, medical equipment, medical supplies, Messe Duesseldorf, Düsseldorf, medical trade show, medical trade fair, international medical trade fair, Compamed, Medical Device Manufacturing

Health Apps will target 500 million users by 2015 - MEDICA 2012

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 @ 12:18 PM

Mobile devices have the potential to become powerful medial tools thanks to the continued development of health and wellness apps – a sector which is expected to have 500 million users by 2015. Always on the forefront when it comes to medical innovations is MEDICA, the leading international medical trade fair held annually in Düsseldorf, Germany (www.medica-tradefair.com). To promote the further progress of medical apps, MEDICA recently partnered with AppCircus, the world’s largest travelling showcase of apps, to launch the “AppCircus on Health with MEDICA” online competition to find the best health and wellness apps. So far, four apps have been chosen to compete at the event:

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Doctoralia allows users to quickly locate medical professionals and centers, check the opinions of other users, filter searches according to specialties or insurance companies and arrange appointments online.

PhysioForm brings together some of the most recent innovations for tablets and smart phones for patients, physiotherapists and personal trainers. The app helps the physiotherapist or trainer to get a better understanding of their clients’ needs with information in real time to help them to achieve their health and fitness goals.

VitaDock is a solution for tracking vital data for diabetes, hypertension/hypotension, fever and obesity, giving the patient the ability to manage and monitor them in one app.

Symptom Tracker is an application for people to monitor their health by keeping a record of any symptoms when they are feeling unwell and share the symptoms with their health care provider which helps them give the patient fast, better, accurate and timely care.

       
BlogPhoto1   So don’t keep it a secret – debut your new app by taking part in this online competition which will continue until the end of October http://appcircus.com/competition/AppCircus-on-Health-with-MEDICA. Both standalone and apps requiring external devices are accepted. Every month a jury of experts as well as a public vote on the website will choose the two apps that will participate in the upcoming [email protected] 2012 (November 16, 2012 in Düsseldorf) where they will all compete to be chosen as the best health app.  


The winner will receive a nomination to the Mobile Premier Awards which will take place in February 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The deadline for September submissions is September 23, 2012 and end of October 2012 for the October registrations.

Good luck – we hope to see you at MEDICA 2012 from November 14 – 17, 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany!

 

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Topics: MEDICA, medical, medical components, medical equipment, medical supplies, Messe Duesseldorf, medical trade show, medical trade fair, App Circus, MEDICA Health IT Forum, Medical Device Manufacturing

Photovoltaics taking big steps towards competitiveness - solarpeq 2012

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Wed, Sep 5, 2012 @ 12:17 PM

Following the drop of module prices, solar energy systems cannot get much cheaper for the time being – or so we thought. But the cost reduction potential of photovoltaics is far from exhausted: when it comes to raw materials and components, considerable savings are still possible.

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The reason for the rapid price decrease is the tough competition within the PV industry. Chinese manufacturers in particular have invested heavily in new technology and have quickly developed major production facilities. The consequence: massive surplus capacities which are forcing producers to sell their modules in some cases below their production costs.

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For the solar energy industry the price decline is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, an increasing number of manufacturers worldwide are in the red because due to the high losses caused in the price battle with their Asian competitors. On the other hand, the PV sector is taking giant strides towards competitiveness. According to the standard electricity price formula (with system prices of 1.50 Euro per watt), the kilowatt hour (kWh) can already be produced for 12 Eurocents today. As a result, solar power in Germany is still around four Eurocents more expensive than the kWh produced by conventional gas power and coal power stations, which currently costs about eight Eurocents. Due to lower electricity production costs, PV is already very close to being competitive in countries such as Italy, Spain and the U.S. In many nations of the world, solar energy will therefore no longer be dependent on funding.

But taking the last step towards competitiveness will be tough for the sector. According to a study conducted by the British market research institute IMS Research in early 2011, the price of wafers for example - the preliminary stage of cells - fell by 70% to 30 US cents by the first quarter of 2012. Therefore there is not much downwards range in this key sector of the solar value chain.

 

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Nevertheless, there is hope for the solar energy industry. The system level, including inverters, frames and cabling along with installation, still offers great savings potential. Whereas as much as one third of the total costs of a solar project were still accounted for by the so-called Balance-of-System (BOS) costs in 2010, their share is now approximately around half of that.

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            On the raw materials side, the price curve is also clearly moving downwards. Raw materials expert Simon Jäger from the Frankfurt Dekabank estimatesthat the silicone price will reach a new record low of $20 per kilogram in the coming months due to increasing production capacities. By comparison: when the PV boom started five years ago, due to the dramatic increase in demand, 1 kg of silicon on the spot market cost up to $400, in other words 20 times the current amount.

Another approach aimed at reducing costs is offered by so-called alumino-silicate glass, which can be obtained cost effectively from residual materials such as industrial slay, and compared to the previously used raw glass, offers the advantage of coating at high temperatures.

At solarpeq 2012, International Trade Fair for Solar Production Equipment and the concurrently staged glasstec 2012, International Trade Fair for Glass Production – Processing – Products, from October 23 – 26, 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany, visitors will get a broad overview of the innovations and visions presented by the glass producers. In addition, on October 22 and 23, the “solar meets glass” conference will focus on the interface topics of the glass and solar energy industry and also address the issue of costs.


Topics: glass, glass show, glasstec, solar, solar technology, solarpeq, glass trade fair, glass trade show

Wonderful applications of glass in interior design - glasstec 2012

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 @ 11:23 AM

In interior design, glass is noticeably replacing typical interior materials such as wood and stone. This trend was made possible by new refining technologies and the creativity of the glass refiners regarding product development and marketing. While glass has been a preferred material for façades for a long time, the glass trend in interior design only started in the last 10 years.

Industrial glass producers, refiners and the glass processors are using various approaches to introduce architects and contractors to the unique possibilities offered by glass in interior design and their efforts have been successful - more and more architects and contractors are choosing glass for the interior design of office buildings and private residences.  

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glasstecinterior2 resized 600   Without the new production technologies developed by the glass systems engineers, glass would have hardly been able to achieve its current position in interior design. Digital printing in particular has opened up completely new options for glass design as have new laminating technologies.  Laser technology is just getting ready to enter the field of flat glass refinement. In addition to the fairly recent technologies, the classic refining processes such as screen printing, sandblasting and etching continue to offer numerous possibilities to create sophisticated design glass from simple flat glass.  

There are hardly any limits to the creativity of designers, architects and contractors in the design of glass products. Ceilings, floors, room dividers, doors, wall panels, stairs, side rails and furniture made of glass can be individually aligned with the room concepts. Glass products also find a wide area of application in bathrooms and kitchens. Shower stalls and wash basins as well as radiators made of refined glass create a sophisticated ambiance, as do glass cabinet doors, kitchen mirrors, countertops or even entire kitchen fronts.

An excellent overview of the currently available technologies for the production and refining of glass and the entire scope of glass and fittings products and their applications will be presented at glasstec 2012, the leading international trade fair of the glass industry, to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany from October 23 – 26, 2012. www.glasstec-online.com

 

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Topics: glass, glass show, glasstec, glass trade fair, glass trade show, interior design

What a Team: 148 Years of Trade Show Experience!

Posted by Anne Meerboth-Maltz on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 @ 11:55 AM

There's a saying in this biz:  When you start working in the trade show industry, you usually either love it right away or you leave after about a year.

Looks like the team from Messe Düsseldorf North America (MDNA) really likes what they are doing because all 11 of us have been here for a long time. We were curious about just how long exactly and added up our combined years of experience with the company, and it came out to a whopping 148 years!

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Future world-traveling pro, car-renter.
     Where the heck did the time go? We still remember when our youngest colleague was not old enough to rent a car.  Now he's handling shows all over the world and travels like a pro.  Some of us started with MDNA right after college, others after “detours” in industry-related fields.  But we have passion for trade shows in common.  We celebrated the 20thanniversary of a colleague not too long ago, and this year marks the 19th and 15th anniversaries for four of us.  

Our headquarters, Messe Düsseldorf, was actually the first German trade show organizer to establish a permanent, fully-staffed office in the U.S. when it opened MDNA in 1982 in New York, then later in 1990 in Chicago where we are now.

Sure we're sporting a couple more wrinkles here and there, but overall we're in great shape and enjoy being THE international link for U.S. companies, helping them with everything necessary to participate in one of our trade shows we organize - be it in Germany, Czech Republic, South East Asia, China, India, Russia, The Middle East or Brazil.

There is something to be said about “time flies when you are having fun”. Trade Show Week had the right idea when they gave out “I Love Trade Shows” t-shirts a couple of years ago. You don't often see that for other industries.

So don’t be shy – contact us whenever you need help or have questions about our trade fairs. After all, this is what we are here for – and we love doing it!

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Topics: Tradeshow Week, Trade Show Planning, trade show organizer, Messe Dusseldorf North America, Experience