The doors closed yesterday on the Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2019, which took place for the first time at its new home the NEC, Birmingham. This year’s expo contained some exciting new features, including a third conference stage signalling significant growth for this sector-leading event.
The Introducing Stage was a new forum for exhibitors to meet with delegates and demonstrate their technologies first-hand. Also new to the show floor was the Acceleration Zone, a forum for taking new ideas and organisations to the next level. Other additions included two new conference sessions: a global perspectives session as well as a panel discussion on the role of women in engineering.
Med-Tech Innovation Expo is the UK’s only dedicated, standalone exhibition for medical device engineering and manufacturing. The event was complemented by the Med-Tech Innovation Conference organised in partnership with Medilink UK, as well as the Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards.
This year saw an expansion of the show floor to accommodate a record number of exhibitors nearing 300 from 14 countries. Initial data shows that this dynamic event connected almost 3,000 attendees across the two days from 34 different countries, with an exciting and diverse range of businesses, on hand to help them solve their medical design and manufacturing challenges.
“Med-Tech gives us the opportunity to show and discuss the types of services that Boddingtons Plastics can offer to our customers. We’ve seen really good footfall and had several new leads for new devices. The show has been a great success for us, and in fact we’ve booked for next year already.”
Chris Philpott, Business Development Manager, Boddingtons Plastics Ltd
The event is fast becoming Europe’s go-to show for product launches, with a raft of companies bringing new and futuristic engineering solutions for healthcare OEMs and medtech start-ups to examine.
In all, more than 50 engaging and inspiring presentations took place across three stages, along with a wealth of exciting and educational show features. Visitors saw presentations from a wide range of major OEMs, government officials and industry experts.
In addition to the packed conference and seminar programme, visitors experienced a range of exciting show features. The Medilink UK Pavilion featured a range of Medilink member businesses, including Loughborough University, Piota and White Horse Plastics, an excellent platform to highlight their solutions to industry challenges.
“It’s a good mix of exhibitors, we came to speak to a couple of clients, and the conversations turned out very fruitful.”
Robert Johnston, Injection Mould Tooling Expert, GSK
Duncan Wood, Chief Executive of Rapid News Group, owners of Med-Tech Innovation Expo, commented, “We are delighted with another significant step forward for this event as we work to create a defining event experience for the UK medtech sector. The two days contained many highlights, new products, new companies, world-class presentations and stunning applications. Whilst as organisers we have had superb feedback, we recognise we can’t do it without industry support, so we thank all our exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and partners for their efforts; they make the show.“