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06-10-2014

Medtec Europe 2014 Stimulates New Impetus in Medical Technology

The international medtech industry gathered at the Medtec Europe in Stuttgart, Germany, from June 3 to 5. A total of 810 exhibitors from 31 countries showed that week at the Stuttgart fairgrounds. This significant trade fair, which attracted over 6,300 visitors, focused on the most recent developments and technologies, notably in 3-D printing. Südtec, a trade fair for suppliers from all industries, was held at the same time as Europe's largest medical fair.

The annual Medtec Europe is organized by UBM Canon, which is headquartered in London (figure: Medtec)

The annual Medtec Europe is organized by UBM Canon, which is headquartered in London (figure: Medtec)

Medtec organizer Fabienne Valambras was very happy with the results: "Our focus this year was on the new technological trends. The convention's broad program of workshops and the newly created highlight sections, like the i-Zone and the 3D-Live-Printing-Area, generated lots of relevant input and complemented the exhibitors' section perfectly."

3D-Live-Printing-Area: a leg prosthesis printed in 3-D fits perfectly by the end of the same day (figure: Medtec)

3D-Live-Printing-Area: a leg prosthesis printed in 3-D fits perfectly by the end of the same day (figure: Medtec)

The i-Zone forum was especially interesting for young companies seeking information on topics like financing, billing and payment processes and marketing strategies for new medical products. The highlight topic, 3-D printing, was also introduced in the i-Zone. 3D Systems representative Timothy Lew discussed the opportunities offered by the process for medical technology. The 3D-Live-Printing-Area was the place to see theory put into practice. The Fraunhofer Institute delivered numerous lectures presenting the advances in this field. Visitors had the opportunity to see two 3-D printers at work. And a leg prosthesis was printed each day of the fair and then fitted onto a patient the very same day.

At the China Breakfast Meeting, interested parties could exchange information about the Chinese market and its regulatory processes. Next year, the presentation of the Chinese market will continue in a dedicated country area. Medtec Europe 2015 will be held April 21 to 23, 2015, on the Stuttgart fairgrounds.

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