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.
PRODUCT RANGE OF THE IDS 2003
Suction, separator and compressed air systems
Work aids and auxiliary materials for dental treatment purposes
Driving devices and handpieces
Retention anchors and pins
Prophylaxis/Dental and oral hygiene
Functional equipment for dental laboratories
Functional systems for dental laboratories
Dental laboratory equipment
Materials for inlays, crowns and bridges
Work aids and materials for dental laboratory purposes
Motors and handpieces
Orthodontic construction elements
Prefabricated CAD/CAM blocks
Infection control and maintenance:
Sterilization/Disinfectant devices and auxiliaries
Professional and protective clothing