The 2017 edition of KIMES brought together a record number of exhibiting companies and visitors from Korea and 92 other countries. A total of 1292 exhibitors – a 12% increase over 2016 – from 41 countries presented over 30,000 products covering the full range of medical equipment, from radiology and medical imaging systems to emergency equipment, from surgical instruments to dental appliances, from medical information systems to disposables, as well as cosmetic and dermatology products. In addition, there was a growing medical device component section that numbered 198 manufacturing and service companies.
Korea’s vibrant medical industry sector was well represented with 579 exhibitors, followed by China (154), the United States (125), Germany (88) and Japan (62).
As last year, the show was held concurrently with Global Bio & Medical Plaza, hosted by KOTRA and acting as the principal global platform for facilitating cooperation and trading between Korean and foreign companies in the bio and medical industries. The event is designed to develop concrete business relationships and pursue potential contract opportunities between guests from abroad and Korean companies. This year it attracted 226 companies from 61 countries, including for the first time a strong delegation from the European Union Buyer’s Group.
A total of 180 sessions took place in the COEX Conference Centre during the show and covered a variety of topics, including the latest advances in medical device technology as well as government policies on the medical device market. The seminar programme was kicked off by keynote speaker Andrew Nordon of the World-first cancer detection programme.