Guten Tag and welcome to this latest blog all about our recent trip to Germany where Darren, our sales manager, visited Medica, the Leading International Trade Fair & World Forum for Medical Technology. It attracts thousands of visitors from over fifty countries.
With the event now all wrapped up, we wanted to reflect on what was a stunning few days full of the latest innovations, important insights, exciting talks, and the opportunity to make new contacts in the medical world.
In terms of our business, we are just so proud to work within the medical sector and support manufacturers with components for a range of products all designed to help patients and improve care/rehabilitation.
When it comes to Darren, well, as you may know, one of his passions is his love for travel and discovering new places so it seemed only right that if anyone was going to get on a scooter and see the sights of Düsseldorf, it had to be him! Don’t worry, we did let him take the plane to Germany first and then he could opt for the scooter. Yorkshire to Düsseldorf on a scooter would have been interesting!
Anyway, back to the event, it took place on 13th-16th November in Düsseldorf and was an opportunity for the world’s best to come together and share insights and innovations all designed to improve patient care.
Upon arriving, Darren soon got his bearings and enjoyed exploring the city – whilst he started on foot from the hotel to the event, he soon opted for the other modes of transport!
As Darren entered the exhibition hall (this bit was on foot!), he was blown away by the scale of the event. Spanning sixteen exhibition halls, this medical tech expo showcased a breadth of solutions including handheld surgical devices, revolutionary beds for improved patient comfort and maneuvering, patient lifts, lighting solutions for operating theatres and products to aid patient rehabilitation. There were also companies displaying solutions for products used in autopsies and new concepts for the latest medical imaging solutions. When we asked Darren about the range of solutions being exhibited, he said it was just so vast that it was a job in itself to track it all yet, also was so inspiring to see the levels of future potential. If we think how far we have come in the medical world, its so fantastic to think that the world continues to work so hard to keep pioneering even more technologies – its an exciting sector to be a part of.
The main product categories in the exhibition halls were imaging/ diagnostics and medical technology, laboratory equipment, diagnostic tests, physiotherapy / orthopedic technology, disposables and consumables, IT systems and solutions, medical services and publications.
Just to add a bit of context to this, Medica is the world’s largest event for the medical sector and has been running for over 40 years. If we think about the scale of developments in the medical world over the last 40 years, we can start to see just how vital this event is in the calendar of medical experts and those in the sector seeking continued improvement in patient care.
Whilst at the event Darren got to see just some of the conferences that have become an integral part of the trade fair. There were various forums and shows focusing on varied medical-technological topics. Another highlight is the Medica Start-up Park where innovative young companies present the trends in the medical technology of the future.
We want to express our thanks to the organisers for a wonderful event. It really was out of this world!
We left the event with so many exciting opportunities and having walked miles, Darren also left with the need for some good old-fashioned plasters! (take your walking boots next time Darren!)
Watch this space for news of our future developments within the medical world.