Messe Duesseldorf's MEDICA 2012 Draws 136,000 Attendees
The recent staging of Messe Duesseldorf’s MEDICA 2012, International Trade Fair with Congress – World Forum for Medicine, and the collocated COMPAMED 2012, International Trade Fair – High tech solutions for medical technology, attracted 130,600 visitors from 120 countries to Duesseldorf, Germany.
There also were 4,554 exhibitors from 64 nations at MEDICA 2012 that included visitor groups from countries such as South America, North Africa and Asia.
On the exhibitor side, 74 percent of the MEDICA exhibitors were from nations other than Germany, including a record 416 companies from the United States. Messe Duesseldorf North America organized two successful U.S. Pavilions with 191 companies presenting their latest technologies.
Some other foreign exhibitor countries included Italy, Great Britain, France and China.
“MEDICA is a true reflection of the market. Due to tight health care system budgets, more and more sales departments and insurance companies intervene in investment decisions. Furthermore, the purchasing power in hospital associations and chains centers on fewer and fewer top decision makers,” said Joachim Schäfer, managing director of Messe Duesseldorf.
He added, “With new event formats such as the MEDICA ECON FORUM, the re-designed MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM, the English-speaking seminars at the MEDICA TECH FORUM and target-group specific themed events we directly address the decision makers which are the exhibitors’ target group. Because exhibitors want class rather than mass at their stands.”
Besides the exhibitor floor, the MEDICA Congress attracted several thousand participants with its broad series of topics ranging from intensive care to homeopathy.
The 35th German Hospital Day was the leading information and communication platform for all hospital managers in Germany addressed the various aspects of personnel management with the motto “Future Business Health – Priority Personnel”.
At the parallel staged COMPAMED 2012, an international trade fair for suppliers to medical device manufacturers, 645 exhibitors from 34 nations presented their latest products and technologies to 16,000 visitors.
COMPAMED also featured a U.S. Pavilion organized by Messe Duesseldorf North America with products presented by 11 exhibitors. Overall, 67 U.S. companies participated in COMPAMED 2012.
In 2013, MEDICA will be held Nov. 20-23 and COMPAMED will be held Nov. 20-22.