Europe's largest international healthcare trade show; Medica

Image courtesy of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH

UK Companies at Medica - Dusseldorf, Germany; 13-16 November 2017.

It's mid-November, so the Industry heads for Dusseldorf.  For in Dusseldorf, the world's biggest medical trade fair, MEDICA (together with the leading international supplier trade fair COMPAMED) is held.

This year the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) is took 120 UK companies to the show, highlighting the desire within the UK to forge deeper, more sustainable trading relationships as the country navigates its departure from the EU.

MEDICA 2017 offered a global platform for companies showcasing their innovative technologies. It also provided a strong platform for delegates to meet with distributors and buyers from around the world to discuss business with existing contacts and to meet with industry peers.

Prior to the exhibition, Paul Benton, International Director of the ABHI, said:

“The UK is open for business and is keen to forge global healthcare links. With 120 companies exhibiting, we are delighted that the UK Pavilion is at its capacity. The technology on show is a wonderful expression of what the industry has to offer in providing value-based healthcare solutions for patients across the globe.”.

As the UK enters a new era for trade and business, the UK government has highlighted MedTech, and the broader Life Sciences sector, as having a critical role in its Industrial Strategy - to propel UK productivity once it leaves the EU. MedTech is now worth over £17 billion to the UK and is part of a £64 billion industry that is UK Life Sciences. A recent report, entitled The Life Sciences Industrial Strategy, has been welcomed by senior government ministers, and provides the framework for increased funding and support for the sector.

As well as supporting UK export globally, ABHI were also keen to speak to international companies wanting to do business within the UK. Their international membership has been set up to make it more accessible for global companies wishing to partner with their British counterparts. 

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Single-use Diathermy Abbey Needle with Suction launched at MEDICA 2017 / Hall 16 stand 16 F42.

A pioneering single-use Diathermy Abbey Needle with Suction which helps surgeons improve performance and outcomes during a range of procedures, will be unveiled at MEDICA 2017.

Developed by UK specialist Single Use Surgical, the device improves visibility at the surgical site during submucosal diathermy(SMD), turbinectomy and breast surgery. It offers a unique combination of precise cauterisation and targeted suction helping to remove surgically generated smoke and reduce the risks associated with reprocessing a reusable monopolar device.

Based in Cardiff, Single Use Surgical pride themselves on identifying difficult-to-clean surgical equipment and offering high quality, alternative single use solutions.

Their ethos is simple – to produce instruments that are sterile, efficient and manufactured to the highest standards, all carefully designed to put patients first and reduce the risk of cross contamination.

Single Use Surgical was established in 2001 as a direct response to UK hospitals’ concerns over the cleaning practices involving fine lumen instruments, and how it posed a high risk of cross contamination between patients. 

Unlike many other disposable instruments, Single Use Surgical manufacture their products with stainless steel tubes rather than aluminium; a factor that has helped them to become a leading single-use medical device specialists. Their range spans into many specialities including ENT, head and neck, gynaecology, laparoscopy, general and vascular surgery.

Michael Denver, Export Manager of Single Use Surgical, said:

“ The launch of this pioneering device means there is no need for separate suction. This prevents crowding the surgical site in smaller, harder to reach areas. It also offers targeted and effective smoke extraction and being single-use, means it reduces the risks associated with cross contamination and unintentional patient burns from damaged insulation.

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Pioneering UK pressure mattress solutions showcased at MEDICA 2017

Rober are located in hall 16, stand G18-6

To coincide with Worldwide Pressure Injury Prevention Day on 16th November, UK manufacturer Rober was, once again, exhibiting at MEDICA 2017 to highlight how its pioneering technology can help ‘stop the pressure’.

This year, Rober showcased its intensive care pressure ulcer mattress, which has specially designed to offer pressure ulcer relief to immobile and critically ill patients.

The WIZARD® combines Rober’s signature alternating pressure cell design with an impressive tilt facility. This action gently turns the patient onto their side, comfortably and correctly.

The mattress replicates the body’s natural movements by responding to a patient’s weight, spontaneous movement pattern and body position. It also provides enhanced comfort and complete pressure elimination at regular intervals. The clinically-proven technology prevents pressure injuries from developing and also includes therapeutic properties that promote the healing of established ulcers.

Pressure ulcers result from prolonged pressure on bony prominences such as the heels, spine, buttocks and hips. As critically ill patients are unable to turn themselves, caregivers need to reposition them in bed. If this is not done correctly, even this action can cause friction and shearing – again leading to the development of pressure ulcers.

Research shows that patients admitted to intensive care units (ICU) are the most at risk of developing pressure ulcers. This high risk starts from the first day of their hospital stay. Critically ill patients are often confined to their bed for long periods, either sedated or receiving mechanical ventilation. 

Mike Hutson, Chief Executive of Rober, said:

“As a UK designer and manufacturer of pressure ulcer prevention technology, exhibitions like MEDICA are vital for us to showcase technology such as the WIZARD on a global scale. The exhibition once again ties in with World Wide Pressure Injury Prevention Day so it supports our ultimate aim to help stop the pressure globally”.

Pressure ulcers are a rising problem around the world and in the UK alone, they affect over 700,000 people a year and add an additional £4,000 per ulcer onto each person’s care bill. They are also linked to prolonged hospitalisation, pain and social isolation and in worst cases, death.

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High Frequency Plastic Welding services for Healthcare Industry
showcased at MEDICA 2017

A high frequency welding British manufacturer that offers a range of bespoke engineering services for healthcare companies was at MEDICA 2017.

Speed Plastics offers a complete design and development service from concept idea through to the finished commercial product. Expert engineers transform ideas into commercial products that are ready for sale.

Based in Chesterfield, the company is a proud partner to a number of UK healthcare companies, working as an extension to their in-house capabilities.

The company is experienced in a wide range of manufacturing techniques including ultrasonic welding, CNC machine cutting, tool making, sewing and screen-printing.

Their broad expertise delivers flexibility and responsiveness to customers’ needs, ensuring lead times are short and products are made to the highest quality.

Operations Director, Jane Collyer of Speed Plastics said:

“Manufacturing for the healthcare industry is a key market for us and MEDICA is a great platform to showcase the bespoke engineering solutions we have to offer.”

Speed Plastics wealth of experience extends across multiple sectors including healthcare, defence and survival, aviation, automotive and marine.

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'Empowering Healthcare'

5 business lines
60 principals
6,000 products distributed

Head Office: Gorizia, Italy.

Operating  in the healthcare market for more than 20 years, Mark Medical is a group active in marketing, promotion and distribution of excellent healthcare solutions.

The first steps in the medical sector date back to the year 1992, when the company Agorest Srl in Gorizia – Italy, changed its business activity and turned to the distribution of Medicinal Products and Medical Devices.

Afterwards it merged with Mark S.r.l. and continued to be the key purchasing centre for all the other companies that where distributing on the territory of former Yugoslavia.

The company now focuses on the territories of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo.

Mark Medical cooperates with worldwide leading companies in different business lines, i.e.
Interventional Cardiology , Radiology Imaging, Critical Care, Orthopedics, Arthroscopy and Cardiac surgery.

Companies represented include Bracco s.p.a. (Italy), Dale (USA) and Smiths Medical (USA) brands including Jelco, Pneupac and Portex.

Products represented includes laser therapy devices.

Performa di Crocicchia Srl
Via Romeo Rodriguez Pereira, 151/A
00136 – Roma

+39 06/3729714