AMP joined the industry in attending this year’s REHACARE trade show in Dusseldorf, Germany to see what the international mobility market had to offer.
The four day show, running from Wednesday 18 September, attracted more than 38,600 visitors and 751 exhibitors from 43 countries.
As part of the build-up to this year’s show, organisers detailed how they wanted to help make life easier for senior citizens, people with disabilities and people who require care.
This meant, as part of the show’s agenda, self-help groups, social organisations and representatives from the political sphere put current questions around disability and health policies up for discussion.
Discussing the show’s importance, Wolfram N. Diener, operative managing director of Messe Düsseldorf, where the event was held, says: “REHACARE contributes significantly to securing independence and ensuring greater inclusion in daily life, care and the working world. When it comes to internationality, REHACARE’s offer has once again set standards.”
He continues: “More than two thirds of the participants came from abroad. A thrilling mixture of established mid-sized companies, dynamic inventors and company founders won over visitors with their innovative solutions for almost every disability and area of life. Exhibitors presented products that are already available on the market as well as prototypes that will soon be ready for market.”
Showing the industry’s geographical diversity, REHACARE’s visitors travelled to Düsseldorf from 80 countries. This year, a particular interest was shown in mobility aids and devices for daily use, followed by aids for people with sensory disabilities as well as smart communication software and hardware.
The speeches and panel discussions at the TREFFPUNKT REHACARE therefore attracted a great deal of interest and, on the trade fair’s opening day, 250 visitors took part in a series of presentations on the opportunities and limits of digitalisation in care to obtain information on this topic.
The series concluded with the insight that a broader discourse is needed, that involves society as a whole, includes all parties involved, and considers ethical and moral aspects in order to successfully use digital technology in professional care and care at home in a manner that increases quality.
Sharing his perception of this year’s show, Dr. Martin Danner, managing director of BAG SELBSTHILFE (National Association for Personal Autonomous Development), says REHACARE 2019 was an information platform that “provided concentrated knowledge to those seeking it and showcased impressive innovations.”
He goes on: “We welcomed experts from every field of health care at our association’s stand. People with disabilities and their families used the opportunity to exchange experiences with the self-help groups that were present at the trade fair, to ask questions about the provision of aids and to be inspired by the diverse offer they encountered on their tour of the trade fair.”
In comparison to the 2018 show, both the size of the show and numbers it attracted, actually declined slightly.
Last year, the trade fair attracted in excess of a huge 50,600 visitors, and a record-breaking 967 exhibitors from 42 countries.
However, despite this 27% drop in visitors and 25% decrease in exhibitors, the feeling on the show floor was that there is nothing to worry about. As many of the British, European and International attendees explained, the show comes with real strength and force every other year meaning that the 2020 event will be even bigger.
Large American companies usually decide to go big on the show every other year so, even though feedback from those there this year was positive and confident about what they had achieved, 2020 could break records once again.