The Italian industry is present in Arabia and the Middle East. What is the major focus of the Italian industry in this part of the world?
The Italian dental industry is today one of the leading industries in the world, manufacturing equipment and material. The Italian companies exhibiting here in this edition of AEEDC are covering almost all types of equipment and material. In the last years of course there has been a huge development in digital technologies, and we also have a lot of new companies that are introducing digital equipment, hardware and software. So this is one of the new branches in which many Italian companies are investing to develop new products.
What we know about the Italian industry before, the strong point were radiology, sterilization and dental units. What is the position of the Italian industry in these traditional manufacturing lines?
In these traditional manufacturing fields, Italy is consolidating its position. Regarding dental units for example, we have one of the biggest groups for manufacturing dental equipment called Cefla, which is reuniting different brands like Anthos, Castellini and many others. We also have a lot of smaller manufacturers that are still developing new products in this field. Hence, the activity of our industry is developing and is setting as one of the leading manufacturers worldwide, not only in this region but everywhere in the world.
And what about the chemical industry, like polymer and impression materials?
Same as for the equipment, we have quite a good number of companies that are developing and selling products from the traditional materials, like acrylics and composites, but we have also many companies that are developing a more advanced line of products related to the digital dentistry like 3D printers.
Actually, the dental industry in Italy is very active after many years when the situation was static. The digital revolution in the last years has created a lot of development, so now many companies are introducing many products and new technologies, and many companies have entered the market, maybe they were in the mechanical sector and now they are entering the dental sector through dental printing equipment and this is therefore revitalizing the sector.
We know that dental implants now are in the core business of dentistry, where is Italy positioned in the business of implants and accessories?
Similarly to the other types of equipment and materials, also in implants we are in the leading position, specially that in Italy the percentage of implant use is huge, and we can say that Italy is one of main clusters in manufacturing implants. We are very well positioned and a lot of companies that are exhibiting in the Italian Pavilion here in Dubai are showing their implant products, and all the products have the EU certification as well as other international certifications and they are producing very high quality equipment for implants.