Dental industry mind-blowing : IDS 2021 sets the desired impulses for them

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Top decision-making competence of the visitors Over 23,000 visitors from 144 countries – industry expects positive development in the coming months.

The International Dental Show (IDS) 2021 held in Cologne, Germany has come and gone. What was the key takeaway? The IDS set out to answer one question: “What does a future-oriented dental industry look like?” It is clear that the dental industry will be centered around innovation and creativity with an emphasis on developing new technologies while embracing digitalization. Patient care will be at the core of all practices, including preventive dentistry and oral health education for children.

Furthermore, manufacturers will look into how they can use their products to facilitate better patient care by providing more efficient procedures with less pain or discomfort. All in all, this year’s IDS 2021 sets the desired impulses for what we should expect from our dental industry in years.

Association of the German Dental Industry

IDS 2021, which came to a close on Saturday, 25 September 2021, after four trade fair days, set the impulses the global dental industry had hoped for in the post-Corona era. “The optimism has returned within the international dental family,” said a delighted Mark Stephen Pace, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Association of the German Dental Industry e.V. (VDDI).

“We held intensive discussions with interested visitors and most of them ultimately came to make investment decisions. Many of the decision-makers consciously concluded their transactions at the trade fair. We can convey the signal to the outside: The German dental industry is moving forward. We are offering solutions in difficult times. The exhibitors I spoke to were thoroughly happy to be at IDS.

And I am convinced: They will benefit from market revolutions in the aftermath of IDS! This is how it works in the world of business: Companies that were present in the exhibition halls, certainly undertook an entrepreneurial risk in the run-up to the trade fair, which makes it all the more gratifying that they were ultimately able to reap the deserved success and market shares.”

IDS 2021 is the first IDS that was staged as a hybrid event

For Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, IDS 2021 also clearly underlined the spirit of optimism within the industry: “All of the exhibitors and visitors were visibly pleased to groom contacts directly in person, experience products live and engage in personal encounters at the end of the trade fair day in the course of numerous networking events.

That is why IDS 2021 plays an outstanding role for the re-start of the industry and of course also for the re-start of the trade fair industry overall. Furthermore, IDS 2021 is the first IDS that was staged as a hybrid event. This means there were places of physical encounter on the one hand, here in Cologne in the exhibition halls and in addition to that also on the digital platform, IDSconnect, which offered additional presentation and networking options, which went down very well.”

The visitors is decisive for the success of a trade

IDS demonstrated once again that it is the leading global trade fair of the international dental industry: Over 23,000 trade visitors from 114 countries attended IDS 2021 to inform themselves about the offer of 830 exhibiting companies from 59 countries.

Especially against the background of the restricted travel possibilities in many regions of the world, IDS once again convinced with its strong international appeal. 72 percent of the exhibitors came from abroad, as well as 57 percent of the visitors – from Europe, particularly from Italy, France and the Netherlands, to Eastern Europe, the Middle East and overseas.

The decision-making competence of the visitors is decisive for the success of a trade fair and here the level at this year’s IDS was also extremely high – both on a national and international basis,” Dr. Markus Heibach, Chief Financial Officer of the VDDI, summed up. The initial evaluation of a visitor survey confirms this impression: In this way, almost 85 percent of the visitors at this year’s IDS are involved in procurement decisions, indeed 33 percent of them decisively.

For over half of the visitors, grooming existing business relationships and establishing new business relationships are the key reasons for visiting IDS. Good two thirds of the visitors were very satisfied with the offer of exhibits and with the extent to which they had achieved their goals and 85 percent would recommend that a good business associate should visit IDS. Around 70 percent of the respondents are already planning to visit IDS 2023.

IDSconnect dental industry

77 exhibitors from 16 countries were present on IDSconnect with 88 items and 1,310 minutes of broadcasting time. The general event programme of IDS, such as for example the award ceremony of the “Impression Prize” of the ProDente Initiative, the Gysi prize-ceremony of the Association of German Dental Technicians’ Guilds or the programme of the German Dental Association were streamed via the platform live. All lectures, shows and presentations broadcast digitally are also available afterwards “on-demand”.

IDSconnect dental industry online
Digital platform of IDSconnect in IDS 2021

What’s dental industry leader said

The representatives of the German Dental Association and of the Association of German Dental Technicians’ Guilds were also delighted at the successful re-start of the international dental world. “The hybrid concept that had to be adopted for IDS 2021 because of the Corona pandemic was a total success. Great praise and our sincere thanks go to the organisers, the GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH and Koelnmesse GmbH for this. All IDS participants were able to tour the trade fair on-site under observance of the necessary hygiene measures or virtually and thus experience the innovations in the fields of dentistry and dental technology.

We were also available at the stand of the German Dental Association to provide many visitors with information and engage in practice-oriented discussions with them. We also gladly took advantage of the digital possibilities. We are looking forward to IDS 2023!” said Prof. Dr. Christoph Benz, President of the German Dental Association.

And VDZI Vice President, Klaus Bartsch, added: “The VDZI is delighted at having held many collegial discussions and being able to engage in exchanges at the trade fair. Particularly the current themes quality management and the VDZI quality management concept, QS-Dental, work protection and business-related questions were topics of high interest. The award ceremony of the renowned VDZI trainee competition “Gysi Prize”, which was broadcast live for all those people who weren’t able to be on-site, was a special highlight. The exhibited Gysi Prize entries demonstrated the talent and skills of our aspiring dental technicians. The aim behind the prize is to challenge and promote the trainees – the future of our trade.

IDS 2021 has once again demonstrated that the dental world is further developing digitally. This is having an impact on the work processes in the laboratories of the dental technicians. Company owners have to weigh up the opportunities and take investment decisions based on sound judgement. The discussions at the stand of the VDZI about the future role of the commercial dental technology laboratory clearly show: For all of the technologies exhibited, master dental technicians and their teams are indispensable for dental restorations. With their expertise and in the close exchange with dentists, they ensure that patients receive the individual treatment they need.”

Conclusion

IDS 2021 is a yearly event where dental technicians, laboratory owners and other professionals from the industry come together to discuss the latest developments in their field. This year’s edition has once again shown that innovations are happening at an unprecedented rate, with new products being launched left right and centre. The digital transformation of the dental world also affects work processes for laboratories as they have to adapt quickly or be outpaced by competitors who do so more swiftly. Company owners now need sound judgement when weighing up investment opportunities

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