Italy's Fiera Milano, Singex Exhibition Ventures Will Launch RehabTech Asia in Singapore
January 23, 2012
Italy's Fiera Milano and Singex Exhibition Ventures, supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, will launch RehabTech Asia, which will have a trade show, conference, a hosted buyer program and business forums. The event for assistive technology, integrated care and rehabilitation engineering will be held Feb. 27-March 1, 2013, at the Singapore EXPO Convention & Exhibition Centre. ﾓAcross Asia, there have been increased application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and legislative changes to laws affecting people with disabilities in Asia,ﾔ said Chandran Nair, general manager of Singex. He added, ﾓWith the AT and RE industry being of such high potential, RehabTech Asia will offer a single dedicated platform for all stakeholders in the regional AT, integrated care and RE arenas to gather to exchange knowledge and network.ﾔ Fiera Milano already has been in the AT and RE industry, organizing ReaTech Brasil through its subsidiary since 1999 and ReaTech Italia directly starting 2012. ﾓIn 2010, the market for assistive devices in the EU had an estimated annual value of ﾀ30 billion ($39 billion),ﾔ said Ilaria Cicero, head of legal department of Fiera Milano and member of Board of Directors for its Indian and Russian subsidiaries. She added, ﾓWe anticipate the same trend in Asia, as the population of Asia continues greying and the spotlight shifts to the needs of people with disabilities and their caregivers. We are confident of the business potential of Southeast Asia and beyond, and that RehabTech Asia will be a strong addition to the well-established ReaTech tradeshow circuit in Europe and South America.ﾔ Supporting organizations include the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America, Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association, Indonesian Occupational Therapy Association, Physical Therapy Association of ROC (Taiwan), Physical Therapy Research Foundation, Pakistan and Singapore Physiotherapy Association. Singapore is fast becoming a premiere medical focal point in Asia, having successfully integrated infrastructure, technology and research. ﾓSingapore's vibrant environment has nurtured many healthcare and medical technology SMEs to constantly challenge existing techniques, developing products that are clinician-driven to ensure relevant and effective innovations,ﾔ said Samantha Su, director, services and biomedical, SPRING Singapore, a strategic partner of RehabTech Asia. She added, ﾓToday, our SMEs, including those in the assistive and rehabilitation segments, are fast gaining global recognition and making inroads internationally with innovative services and solutions.ﾔ
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