OTWorld 2018 sets new milestones
At its world meeting, the industry was in an excellent position for the future: Digitisation and 3D printing were everywhere. With a total of 21,400 visitors from over 90 countries, the international trade show and World Congress once again set new benchmarks.
"As the world's leading event this year, OTWorld has once again shown that the entire industry meets in Leipzig. Groundbreaking world premieres, digitalisation and modern technologies inspired the visitors. With OTWorld as a flagship trade show Leipziger Messe highlights its expertise in the field of medical fairs and congresses", explains Martin Buhl-Wagner, Chief Executive Officer of Leipziger Messe. One of the secret recipes is the close cooperation between Leipziger Messe, Confairmed GmbH as the organiser of the World Congress and the German Association of Orthopaedic Technology (BIV-OT) as the conceptual partner.
"OTWorld is an overall work of art. Experts from all over the world gather here for four days to improve the global supply of medical aids," sums up Klaus-Jürgen Lotz, President of BIV-OT. "I am particularly pleased that at this OTWorld it became clear what is at the heart of our work: people. This is why we learn our trade, train ourselves and exchange ideas with colleagues of all professions. All the innovations, world premieres and advances in production and processes are important and must be seen, evaluated and tested. New supply concepts need to be presented and analysed. All this once more took place this year at OTWorld. Here again, many new approaches emerged with which we can solve the problems that demographic change, for example, is causing."
Congress President Prof. Dr. Volker Bühren adds: "OTWorld is an excellent platform for a collegial exchange of ideas. The integration of the congress centre into the trade exhibition not only ensures short distances - this exemplary concept creates a relaxed atmosphere for meeting experts on a professional level in order to work together in a concentrated and friendly manner. As President of the Congress I am particularly pleased that we were once again able to strengthen what we offer to physicians at OTWorld. The constant participation of the leading professional associations, the successful 'Students' Day' as a new format for medical students, the fully booked guided tours of the event especially for physicians, and the advanced training events arranged for general practitioners by the German Statutory Accident Insurance (DGUV) organisation underline the importance of the World Congress. In addition to Berlin and Baden-Baden, Leipzig is now one of the major congress locations for non-surgical technical orthopaedics".