Illinois MEDICA Trade Fair

Illinois Celebrates a 20 Year Relationship with the MEDICA Trade Fair, Dusseldorf, Germany

The Illinois State’s commitment to international trade was highlighted in November when seven Illinois companies exhibited at the MEDICA Trade fair- the premier international event for medical devices and diagnostics. The Illinois Office of Trade and Investment first brought companies to exhibit at this trade fair in 1996. Since then MEDICA has proven to be an outstanding platform to introduce Illinois’ competitive and innovative devices to the European and international market.

MEDICA is not only the largest trade fair for medical devices in the world, thereby exposing Illinois companies to the largest number of trade buyers, it is also an excellent event to secure a distributer partnership as distributers from all over the world attend to find new products. The new four business day format, introduced last year, attracted more than 5,000 exhibitors from 70 countries, with trade visitor numbers topping 127,000 from 135 countries. Over half of the trade visitors were from outside Germany.

Since 1996, Illinois has exhibited at MEDICA eleven times with a total of 66 Illinois exhibitors offered the opportunity to increase their international sales. This year the benefits of Illinois’ investment at MEDICA are indicated by the initial results which show that actual sales of $850,000 were secured during the trade fair and estimated sales of $4,570,000 are predicted over the next twelve months.

MEDICA will remain at the forefront of strong trends worldwide for medical devices. The United States is the world’s largest medical device market valued at around $148 billion in 2015. This is expected to rise to $155 billion by 2017. U.S. medical device companies are highly regarded globally for their innovative products and this was reflected in the visitor numbers to the Illinois booth this year.

As we salute this longstanding event on the Illinois Trade calendar, we hope that many more Illinois medical device companies will benefit from this platform to find new international markets for their future growth.

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