OTWorld confirms top position as the worlds leading sector meeting place
International Trade Show and World Congress for Technical Orthopaedics, Rehabilitation and Compression Therapy reaches new visitor record.
Innovative, practically oriented and more international than ever – such was this years OTWorld, held from 3 to 6 May 2016. 21,300 visitors from 86 countries came to the Leipzig Fair and Exhibition Centre, in order to get information about the developments and innovations in orthopaedic aids and treatments, as well as to discuss issues relating to quality of care. The worlds largest meeting place for the sector, with 542 exhibitors and 330 speakers from all over the globe, set standards for prosthetics, orthotics, orthopaedic footwear technology, technical rehabilitation and the retail trade of the future. 37 percent of visitors came to the international trade show and world congress from outside Germany. One out of every two was a top-ranking decision-maker and we saw an increase in the international proportion of this group. One of the most important aims was to provide information about new products and current trends in the sector and to extend peoples knowledge, as well as offering participants orientation in the market and the opportunity to exchange experiences with their peers. Once again, visitors high expectations have been consistently met.
"I am delighted that OTWorld was able, once again, to demonstrate its importance as the worlds leading meeting place for the sector," says Martin Buhl-Wagner, President & Chief Executive Officer of Leipziger Messe, summing up the event. "It is a place for the active promotion of health and the identification of pathways for the future treatment and care of people with and without handicaps, who need various kinds of aid or support. The congress, which covers an area of 10,000 square metres, is now integrated into the heart of the trade show and this new concept has significantly contributed to the events success. The result has been to create a perfect platform for discussions between industry, the skilled trades and the medical profession."
"Some 15 percent of the population worldwide have no access to orthopaedic care or are insufficiently provided for. This represents around one billion people. And that is a gigantic challenge," explains Klaus-Jürgen Lotz, President of the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (Bundesinnungsverband für Orthopädie-Technik). "In order to find solutions to the problem of access to care and develop appropriate quality of treatment, we need experts from all over the world to come together and share ideas and experiences. Technical orthopaedics is all about partnership and interdisciplinary discussion. And that is something that OTWorld has managed to achieve with exemplary success. Participants have been able to experience the spirit of Join the progress at first hand and see ways of implementing it in reality."
The 2016 Congress President, Prof. Dr. Frank Braatz, also expressed his extreme satisfaction with the popularity of the programme for the World Congress. "Particularly well received was the concentration, in the congress, on the everyday realities of treatment and care and the emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature of the task, very much, as it were, by practising professionals for practising professionals."
The next OTWorld will be held from 15 to 18 May 2018 in Leipzig. The chair of the Programme Steering Committee will be taken over by Prof. Dr. Volker Bühren, Senior Consultant for Trauma Surgery and Sports Orthopaedics at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Medical Center and Medical Director for Reconstructive Trauma Surgery and Orthopaedics at the BG Unfallklinik Murnau.