A successful anniversary event was the International Dental Show IDS, which came to an end on Saturday, 18 March 2023, after five intensive days. This year, the IDS celebrated its 100th birthday and was also held for the fortieth time – with an impressive turnout among exhibitors and visitors: around 120,000 trade visitors from 162 countries came to Cologne to find out more about the comprehensive range of dental medical and dental technology products presented by 1,788 exhibiting companies from 60 countries.
“IDS 2023 was convincing all along the line and at the same time proved that it continues to reinvent and develop itself even after 100 years. The dynamic, innovation and power emanating from IDS are impressive. And IDS has once again confirmed that it is a world-leading trade fair. The quality of visitors was – and I say this not only as Chairman of the VDDI, but also as an IDS exhibitor – sensational.
This year’s claim, ‘100 years of IDS – shaping the dental future’ stands for the synonym for the outstanding significance of the trade fair today and in the future,” commented Mark Stephen Pace, Chairman of the Association of the German Dental Industry (VDDI).
IDS convinced once again with its high level of internationality and quality of the visitors. 60 percent of the trade visitors came from abroad. As usual the attendance from the EU countries Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain, but also from Belgium, Romania and Greece was high. A high share of visitors was recorded from Asia, South America, the USA and Canada again.
Trends: Stringent digital workflow and improved sustainability
Two trends were clearly recognizable at the 40th International Dental Show 2023: The stringent digital workflow and an improved sustainability. For example, digital X-rays that are upside down can be turned the right way around using artificial intelligence, whereby the image plate scanner used is produced in a CO2 neutral way. In addition, the digital workflow in the laboratory is becoming more effective. For example, two models can be scanned now in the extraoral scanner at once.
Josef Richter, Chief Operating Officer & President, GC Europe AG
“The anniversary event of IDS 2023 went extremely well for us. We already noticed on the second day that our investments in an even larger stand and many live presentations had paid off: Numerous visitors informed themselves at our stand and the decision-makers reached a conclusion.
Because the personal exchange between the industry, users and the trade is of immense importance within our dental family. Skepticism prevails within several industries that the digital trade will overtrump on-site trade fairs, but in 2023 one noticed that the customers and users could hardly wait to dive into the trade fair experience.”