The recent staging of MEDICAL FAIR INDIA, India’s No. 1 Trade Fair for Hospitals, Health Centers and Clinics, impressively continued its growth and kept pace with the positive trend in the industry. A total of 12,350 trade visitors come to the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center in Mumbai to see the health care innovations and current trends showcased by 551 exhibitors.
“This means that the number of visitors has gone up yet again by 15% compared to the event at the same location two years ago. Exhibitors stated that they were very satisfied with the quality of the visitors and their demands. Rising incomes, population growth and increasing health consciousness all result in steady market growth and a call for improved health care. This is also reflected by the development of MEDICAL FAIR INDIA. It is not only a platform for supply and demand. It is also about joint ventures for product development, manufacturing and sales,” said Thomas Schlitt, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf India.
There are currently only about 60 national medical device technology producers and the majority of medical products and technologies are imported. This opens up excellent business opportunities for international companies and they need to closely cooperate with Indian partners in order to meet the challenges specific to the Indian market. Simon Bensassi, International Sales Director of Surgival (Spain), commented: “This was the first time we participated at MEDICAL FAIR INDIA. We have reached many high-quality visitors. What was especially important to us was gaining insights into the Indian market. Who are the decision-makers? What about the government and what about pricing? How much is invested and where? These were questions we had interesting conversations about.”
Brian Krawczyk, Director of Global Business Development at VIA Global Health (U.S.), added: “To us this was an extremely useful event for finding good distribution partners in India.” John Mason, Sales Director at Seers Medical (Great Britain), remarked: “There was a very good mixture of visitors from both private and public health care. Visitors come from all over the country. We will also take part in MEDICAL FAIR INDIA 2019 in New Delhi.”
“The Indian market is developing at a fast pace and it is very important for us to get a foot in the door here and learn to understand the market. In addition to Indian visitors we also succeeded in making contacts in Bangladesh, China and even Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,” reported Karina Yamamoto, Trade Promotion Coordinator at the Brazilian Manufacturers’ Association ABIMO.
The MEDICAL FAIR INDIA 2018 exhibits were complemented by an ancillary program. CLIN LAB INDIA, a conference with exhibition organized by Scherago and Messe Düsseldorf India, focused on molecular diagnostics, point-of-care applications and immune-biological laboratory medicine. The increasing digitalization of medicine was the topic at the “International Conference on Digital Health and Medical Equipment” by Voice of Healthcare while the Lounge Area “FTR4H” (Future for Health) provided a platform for the creative start-up community.
MEDICAL FAIR INDIA is held annually, alternating between Mumbai and New Delhi. Focal ranges include medical products and medical device technology, laboratory technology and diagnostics, equipment and furnishings for hospitals and health centers as well as health IT and mobile health solutions.
Visitors include decision-makers from the medical field (physicians and medical professionals), hospital managers, representatives from the medical trade, science and research sector as well as architects and building planners.
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