The Federal Health Minister, Hermann Gröhe, who personally opened the 37th IDS, sees the dental industry as a pioneer in the health care sector: “We haven’t experienced such a success story in the field of prevention as in the last 20 years in the field of oral health anywhere else. We underline the approach in all health areas, that avoiding diseases is better than laboriously healing them or relieving pain and in this aspect we can learn a lot from the field of dentistry.” At the same time he emphasised the economic significance of the medical sector in Germany: “The health industry is an outstanding branch of industry in our country with above-average growth rates and crisis-proof jobs. We have a great interest in continuing to nurture this powerful element of the German economy and reinforcing its chances of success.”
“IDS 2017 even succeeded in surpassing the high goals and expectations we set ourselves. In particular the international growth rates underline the fact that IDS is a cosmopolitan and hospitable leading trade fair for the entire dental industry. In connection with the numerous innovations presented, IDS is trend-setting and a fantastic trade fair experience for all industry players,” said a delighted Dr. Martin Rickert, Chairman of the VDDI. He sincerely thanked all of the people involved for this fantastic result.
Good mood, well-filled order books
The focus of IDS 2017 lay on digital production and diagnosis methods, intelligent networking solutions for the practice and laboratories, smart services for dentists and dental technicians as well as the further improvement of patient care and thus oral health worldwide (see here the expert comments on IDS 2017).
The wide spectrum of products and the depth of the offer also convinced the visitors from all over the globe once again. As a result the mood over the five days was excellent. The best prerequisites for the representatives of all of the relevant professional groups to use the time in Cologne to inform themselves, establish contacts, nurture business relations and do business. The exhibitors were delighted about the high numbers of international trade visitors and the quality of the visitors that found their way to their exhibition stands. Almost all regions experienced significant growth again in terms of the number of visitors: Considerably more trade visitors attended IDS from Central and South America (+52.9 percent), Eastern Europe (+43 percent), the Near East (+31.9 percent), Africa (+31.7 percent) and Asia (+28 percent). North America (+15.7 percent) and Europe (+12.6 percent) also showed significant growth.
After five days, the 37th International Dental Show (IDS) came to a close on Saturday, 25 March 2017 with new record results and an excellent mood. Over 155,000 trade visitors from 157 countries attended the leading global trade fair of the dental industry. This corresponds to a 12 percent increase compared to the previous event. IDS particularly experienced growth among the foreign visitors: The share of international trade visitors increased by almost 20 percent up to around 60 percent. A slight increase was also recorded among the national visitors. Thus, IDS once again proved its significance for the dental world.
The next IDS – the 38th International Dental Show – is scheduled to take place from 12 to 16 March 2019.
IDS (International Dental Show) takes place in Cologne every two years and is organised by the GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH, the commercial enterprise of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI) and is staged by Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne.
100 years of VDDI
The VDDI celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. It was founded as the Association of German Dental Manufacturers on 24 June 1916 and organised the first Dental Show in 1923. In 1928 the VDDF organised the first International Dental Show. Today, the VDDI has 200 member companies with 20,000 employees. The overall turnover is more than Euro 5 billion with an export share of 62 percent.