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MEDICAL FAIR ASIA 2014 SETS NEW RECORD IN EXHIBITOR AND VISITOR PARTICIPATION
1 Oct. 2014 - The tenth edition of MEDICAL FAIR ASIA was a sell-out success, reaffirming its position as Asia’s premier medical exhibition. With a 50% increase in exhibiting companies compared to the previous edition in 2012, this year 800 exhibitors from 35 countries showcased the latest medical technologies at Suntec Singapore. Anchoring the international line-up of companies was a record-setting 15 national and group pavilions from Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and USA.
Attracting a notable 10,780 trade visitors of which 40% came from outside of Singapore, MEDICAL FAIR ASIA 2014 has proven to be the preferred strategic business and procurement platform for the region’s medical and health care industries. Representing a 20% increase in visitor attendance from the previous edition, this year also attracted a strong line-up of government level delegations and hospital management personnel from Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Turkey and Vietnam.
“MEDICAL FAIR ASIA’s continuing and growing importance to the region and beyond has been demonstrated by the success of this year’s exhibition which continues to attract an increasing number of companies looking to do business in Asia as the region’s healthcare sector continues on a robust growth path," said Gernot Ringling, Managing Director, Messe Düsseldorf Asia.
“The introduction of new initiatives such as the m-Health showcase focusing on ICT innovations and a robust business matching service which saw more than 55% of exhibitors participate in the programme, as well as visits to medical facilities organised as part of the concurrently run Singapore Medical & Healthcare Conference, have played a significant role in providing value-added touch-points to the exhibition which we hope to expand for the 2016 edition,” he added.
For German exhibitor specialising in medical packaging - Vereinigte Papierwarenfabriken GmbH, a returning exhibitor who has been participating at MEDICAL FAIR ASIA over the last eight years, according to its Area Sales Manager, Manfred Blunk, the exhibition serves as “a very important exhibition in Asia, and has international appeal. We have received a lot of good contacts and expect positive results, and we’ll be here again in 2016.”
Echoing this sentiment was Singapore based company, ITS Science & Medical who showcased their modular operating theatre. According to Dennis Tan, Business Development Director, the exhibition was a “very good platform for us to advertise our services and products and it’s a great meeting spot for all our customers to come here and visit us and understand this new technology.” The ITS Group is a fully integrated scientific solutions group and was recently awarded the project to design, fabricate and build some twenty modular operating theatres in the upcoming Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.
For JETRO (Japan External Trade Association) and its eleven exhibiting companies, Mr. Yukihide Nakayama, the Japanese pavilion organiser, commented that with its particular focus on Singapore and the Asia market, MEDICAL FAIR ASIA 2014 is the right platform and “we have seen many companies from various countries, particularly from India, Malaysia and Thailand, and have had many successful business meetings here.”
m-Health showcase - a successful look into the future of Healthcare
Anticipating the next evolution in healthcare and the industry’s shift to a more patient-centric approach, the m-Health showcase introduced new technologies that included telemedicine, digital and wireless healthcare applications to home-care monitoring devices and breakthrough innovations in rehabilitation. Technical Innovations, a Bulgarian exhibitor within the m-Health showcase introduced an innovative remote assistance system for the elderly and disabled, and was remarkably pleased at the exposure generated. Daniel Tsanov, its Chief Executive Officer said: “This is our first time in Singapore, and we are surprised by the great interest in our products. We have chosen to be here at MEDICAL FAIR ASIA as we believe the Asian market is a big and strategic market and the event provides great opportunities.”
Singapore-based company Neurostyle, manufacturer of neuro rehabilitation and diagnostic medical devices, said that the m-Health platform was a unique showcase and was able to bring “many quality visitors from different countries and definitely met our expectations”, said Dr Johnson Lu, Managing Director.
As for Hippus NV with their handshoe computer mouse which was ergonomically designed in collaboration with a medical university in the Netherlands, the m-Health showcase provided the ideal opportunity to tap into the Singapore and Asian market. Drs Sjoerd W. Eisma said: “We are really happy to be here and with the number of contacts and new leads we gained from Singapore, China, and the Philippines. We will definitely be back in two years’ time.”
National groups from Canada and Thailand looking to grow its medical sector at the exhibition
MEDICAL FAIR ASIA 2014 was delighted to welcome first time representation from Canada with seven participating companies across various sectors; B+H Architects, Covalon Technologies, Leafsprout Technologies, Mobilewellbeing, Nutralab, and Otosim, as well as the Canadian organiser from its Ministry of Economic Development Trade and Employment.
For MobileWellbeing, MEDICAL FAIR ASIA 2014 provided the perfect stage to promote their patient monitoring systems to hospital and homecare health providers in Asia, and they received “many interested parties who have asked for various product demonstrations, and we have gained great experience as a first time participant,” said its President and Chief Executive Officer Rajiv Muradia.
This year also marked strong Thai participation under the auspices of the Thai National Innovation Agency which featured eight outstanding local companies highlighting their latest innovations. According to Kant Weerakant, Design and Solutions Manager for the National Innovation Agency, Singapore proved to be the right platform to showcase Thai innovations and to promote the made-in-Thailand brand as “the right profile of customers can be found at the exhibition.”
Diverse international representation draws approval from visitors, spurs business opportunities
Visiting MEDICAL FAIR ASIA for the first time, Khairil Anuar Khalid, Senior Manager, Faber Group Berhad, commented he was very impressed with the representation of companies, products and services which spanned across four continents. “We also saw a good number of Asian companies exhibiting alongside the European countries. It is truly a convergence point for the medical industry and this will benefit the ASEAN medical sector even further,” he said.
As for Cesar O. Salazar, President, Surgico Phils Inc, who returned to MEDICAL FAIR ASIA 2014 having first visited in 2012, he was very impressed with the latest edition. “There were many new products and innovations on display. The exhibition floor was buzzing with discussions between exhibitors and visitors and this is truly the place to be for the medical industry. The organizers have done a good job in organizing a well presented exhibition”, he said.
Exploring new frontiers with co-located conference
Held concurrently with MEDICAL FAIR ASIA 2014, the Singapore Medical & Healthcare Conference, themed ‘New Paradigms in Healthcare’, featured speakers showcasing cutting edge advancements in Singapore’s medical and health care arena, ranging from innovations in healthcare funding to next-generation healthcare technology. Presentations included an exploration of Google Glass and its Application to Healthcare and a look at future possibilities for smart glasses in hospitals. The conference culminated with a facilities tour that presented the 223 delegates with the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and visit three leading healthcare facilities in Singapore – Fortis Surgical Hospital, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital and the NUHS Advanced Surgical Training Centre.
Next edition of MEDICAL FAIR ASIA
The next edition will take place from 31 August – 2 September 2016 in Singapore. Prior to this, Messe Düsseldorf Asia will organize MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND 2015, the 7th International Exhibition on Hospital, Diagnostic, Pharmaceutical, Medical & Rehabilitation Equipment & Supplies, from 10 to 12 September 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Visit a doctor.
Get a physical and update your vaccines. Depending on what country you are traveling to, you may need particular immunizations. Carry your medications with you on the plane so in the event your luggage is lost, you will have your daily meds on hand. Request a computerized medication list from your pharmacist in case of a medical emergency. And finally, check your insurance policy to confirm you are covered medically overseas, and if not buy travel health protection and medical evacuation insurance to be fully prepared.
Arrive at your destination country early.
Get the lay of the land by arriving a day or two before your meeting and hire a local guide to show you around. Contact the concierge at your hotel for recommendations on who to hire. Request the guide speak English so you can communicate and ask for helpful hints and tips that will be useful while you are visiting and doing business. Ask the concierge and your guide for suggestions of restaurants, coffee shops, and unique sites that are both safe and well regarded.
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Notify the U.S. State Department and sign up to receive important information from the embassy about safety conditions, and be available via text or email should they need to contact you for travel alerts, natural disasters, or other emergencies. Utilize programs such as, "Stay Informed, Stay Connected, Stay Safe!" Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and refer to U.S. Passports and International Travel website for more information.
Contact your credit card company.
Nothing brings your trip to a screeching halt faster than frozen funds. Be sure to let your credit card company know when and where you'll be traveling so you can avoid the frantic call to unlock your card. Credit cards with magnetic strips are not always accepted by businesses, and some establishments do not accept credit cards at all, so make sure to carry a fair amount of local currency to avoid being caught off guard.
Make copies of important documents.
Make duplicates of the following: passport, driver's license, credit/debit cards, birth certificate, and insurance cards. Leave a set of copies at home or with someone you trust to retrieve the information. Pack another set carefully in your carry-on bag. Take a picture of your credit cards and security codes in case you need to access them immediately.
Anticipate technology challenges.
It may be difficult to find a place to charge your cell phone in the middle of the day while traveling. Consider bringing a backup solar powered battery charger. Depending on the country, you might need adaptors for your technology and electronics. Rather than bringing a suitcase full of hair tools and adaptors, invest in a less expensive hair straightener or curling iron when you arrive and use the hotel blow dryer. Even with an adaptor, some electronics can't handle the difference in voltage and will easily burn out.
Research your phone's travel capabilities.
Make a call to your cell phone company and discuss your options. I've found it worth the expense to purchase a travel calling plan when spending time abroad. Text messages and downloading any kind of data will quickly add up without a travel plan. Double check your phone settings and turn off "data fetch" for any programs on your phone that update on their own (i.e. Facebook). This will conserve your data until it's needed.
Brush up on the local language. You can test your skills using an app on your phone such as Duolingo or Google Translate. Don't underestimate a good old fashioned phrase book to get you through simple interactions. Familiarize yourself with the basics beforehand such as, "Hello," "Good-bye," "Excuse me," "My name is _____," "Nice to meet you," "Please," "Thank you," and "Where is the restroom?" to use as you go about your trip.
Photograph your luggage. Anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of losing their luggage can attest that trying to describe to an airport representative what your luggage looks like (i.e. black with wheels) can be vague. A baggage claim ticket is useful, but often lost during the flight and numerous layovers. Make an effort to attach something notable to your suitcases and take a picture of your baggage with your cell phone. Now you can easily identify your luggage in the sea of black bags.
Do your homework. Cultural customs differ from country to country, and it's always prudent to be prepared before you arrive. For example, some countries encourage tipping while others do not. Some regions are close communicators while others are more reserved. It's in your best interest to know something about the culture, etiquette, religion, business values, and particular communication styles before landing on foreign soil.
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