IDS 2003 Wrap

In spite of travel concerns due to international conflict and SARS, the International Dental Show (IDS) experienced a seven percent increase in visitors — 63,000 people from 132 countries attended. With around 1,400 suppliers from 51 countries, 59 percent of them from abroad, and approx. 63,000 trade visitors from 132 countries, the already high level of the previous event was clearly exceeded.

There was unanimous praise from the exhibitors for the trade visitors’ high qualifications. This assessment by exhibitors is supported by the results of a neutral visitor survey, conducted on behalf of Koelnmesse during the fair: 88 % of the respondents are involved with procurement/ purchasing decisions, 47 % even to a decisive extent.

Around 35 % of the visitors came from dental surgeries, approx. 26 % from dental laboratories, the trade accounted for about 16 % of the specialist trade visitors.


Dental Practice:

Dental units

Lighting systems

Suction, separator and compressed air systems

Practice furniture

Visual systems

Special devices


Dental materials


Work aids and auxiliary materials for dental treatment purposes

Driving devices and handpieces

Hand instruments

Rotary instruments

Oscillating instruments

Implantation products

Retention anchors and pins

Prophylaxis/Dental and oral hygiene

Dental Laboratory:

Functional equipment for dental laboratories

Functional systems for dental laboratories

Dental laboratory equipment

Modelling materials

Model materials

Materials for inlays, crowns and bridges

Denture materials

Work aids and materials for dental laboratory purposes

Motors and handpieces

Hand instruments

Rotary tools

Orthodontic construction elements

Reconstruction auxiliaries

Prefabricated CAD/CAM blocks

Prefabricated mouldings

Artificial teeth

Infection control and maintenance:

Sterilization/Disinfectant devices and auxiliaries

Disinfectants (chemical)

Professional and protective clothing

Servicing systems