MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND 2017 concluded its most successful edition to date. It saw 830 companies from 66 countries, 18 national pavilions and country groups, and welcomed more than 9,000 quality trade visitors from over 70 countries.
There were many opportunities for networking and business matching, with 13,000 meetings requested through the free business matching service. MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND also hosted many industry-leading concurrent conferences and seminars that were well-attended throughout the three days with 650 attendees.
Mr. Gernot Ringling, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf Asia, organizer of MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND said: “The exhibition is a record-breaking edition, with a strong showcase of innovations from leading exhibitors as well as highly satisfied visitors. MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND certainly serves the booming medical market of Southeast Asia. We also welcomed 25% more visitors than for the 2015 edition, of which 33% were from overseas, indicative of the increasing interest from regional healthcare professionals. ”
The increased representation from Thai companies was testament to the relevance of the event for local businesses to springboard their commercial offerings on an international platform.
Commenting on their second participation at the exhibition Ms. Theeraporn Thiramonth, Project Coordinator, Innovation Strategy Department, National Innovation Agency (NIA), said, “All the innovative products we showcased throughout MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND 2017, whether medical device, diagnostic device, or telemedicine, have been internationally certified, in compliance with international standards, so can be distributed throughout Asia, as well as Europe and the US.” The NIA is a public organization under the Ministry of Science and Technology, with the mandate to assist private companies to develop their innovations and products, and supporting them to successful commercial launch.
For French company Clariance specializing in the manufacture of spinal implants, according to Sales Director Mr. Marc-Antoine Lemaire, the exhibition was the event of choice to explore ways of expanding their business in the Asian market, and “a region where there is huge potential for growth. We found MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND 2017 incredibly useful in networking with Southeast Asian decision-makers and meeting potential partners and distributors, especially in Thailand.”
MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND 2017 also saw first-time group participation from Canada, the European Union, India, the Netherlands and Russia. Expressing his tremendous satisfaction with the exhibition, Mr. Rajiv Nath, Forum Coordinator for the Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMED) said: “We are very happy to bring an Indian delegatation to the exhibition and be part of the growth story of Thailand. We came to bring affordable and safe healthcare to Thailand and I am very sure we will be back again in 2019 with a pavilion of at least 300 sqm. We look forward to working with the people of Thailand and the medical community of Thailand.”
Dr. Tan Kok Yang, Head & Senior Consultant from Singapore’s Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, who also spoke at the Advanced Rehab Technology Conference (ARTeC), said, “The co-location of a conference such as ARTeC with an exhibition like MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND is definitely good synergy and a relevant platform for physicians and those involved in allied healthcare. Overall, there is a good attendance at the conference and the exhibition offers a good range of products and solutions, particularly those related to rehab care.”