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Latest innovations, technologies to be showcased at Medical Fair Thailand 2017

Aug 04. 2017
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By The Nation

Thailand’s biggest-ever medical and healthcare exhibition returns to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre from September 6 to 8 with more than 800 companies from 60 countries slated to take part.

“For this 8th edition of Medical Fair Thailand, we are setting out to deliver a dynamic showcase of quality and relevant products and solutions that mirror the technological advancements in the global medical and healthcare sectors. These offerings will hopefully further spur the country’s development as Southeast Asia’s medical business centre, medical manufacturing hub and medical tourism hotspot,” said Gernot Ringling, managing director of Messe Dusseldorf Asia, organiser of Medical Fair Thailand.

With the increasing use of robotic surgery, 3D printing, implantable devices, use of automation and artificial intelligence in clinical settings and other digital innovations for prevention, monitoring, and treatment across Southeast Asia, this upcoming fair will bring some of the most innovative products and trending solutions. The exhibition will therefore augment Thailand and the region’s medical industry modernisation and progress towards becoming a more advanced medical and healthcare services market. Amidst increasing market demands, the exhibition will also focus on “Rehabilitative Care” and “Connected Care”, following the increased investment in technologies and solutions by health care organisations to better serve their well-informed consumers and needs of the highest healthcare spenders – the ageing population.

The fair has garnered significant international interest this year, attracting 18 national pavilions with first-time official country representations from Canada, India, European Union, Russia and the Netherlands. The presence of the European Union Business Avenues Pavilion with 50 companies especially reflects the increased interest of international market players in Southeast Asia’s medical industry.

With the entry of ‘EU Technologies to Boost Southeast Asia’s Medical & Healthcare Industries’ as highlighted by Philipp Dupuis, head of Trade and Economic Section, Delegation of the European Union to Thailand, the fair has bridged stronger collaborations between European companies and Thailand/ Southeast Asian companies. The contribution of EU companies in bringing high-tech innovations and solutions that are in-line with EU’s Industry 4.0 roadmap for its economic partners will equip local companies with the capabilities to reach higher standards of medical practice and healthcare service delivery. Within this pavilion, companies from Bulgaria, Finland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden will be participating for the first time.

 “The fair continues on its growth path as an internationally recognised exhibition for the medical and healthcare sectors and continues to attract trade visitors and exhibitors from all over the world,” said Chiruit Isarangkur Na Ayuthaya, president of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau or TCEB. “We are delighted to support the exhibition once again and to build on the strong and long-standing relationship between Thai and MICE sectors in tandem with Thailand’s vibrant medical and healthcare industry growth.”

“With initiatives such as – ‘Thailand Connect Your Vibrant Journey to Business Success’ this reaffirms Thailand’s position as an excellent destination for events such as the fair that can connect businesses and act as a gateway to Asean for companies looking to expand their footprint in the region. The fair’s success further reinforces Thailand’s value proposition as a leading medical hub and MICE destination in the region,” added Chiruit.

Medical tourism is on the rise, especially in Southeast Asia, where the medical industry is valued at US$100 billion, with more than 3.5 million consumers visiting annually. Thailand, with its comparatively low cost of healthcare services, yet high standard of medical infrastructure, has been predicted to become the new medical tourism hub for the region.

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