【DE】Premiere MedtecLIVE with T4M: New trade fair format with a successful start in Stuttgart

“The premiere of the newly formed MedtecLIVE with T4M was a complete success,” Christopher Boss, Executive Director Exhibitions of NürnbergMesse GmbH, takes stock. The aim was to connect the important medical technology regions in southern Germany with the merger of the MedtecLIVE and T4M trade fairs and to create a trade fair with international appeal. On three days of the fair, MedtecLIVE with T4M did just that and even more: More than 430 exhibitors from 23 countries in Europe and the world were from the 3rd to the 5th. May 2022 in Stuttgart. A successful start after two years almost without a face-to-face event and the possibility of personal dialogue. “We are pleased about the positive response and the encouragement that there was for the premiere of MedtecLIVE with T4M,” says Boss. “The visitors were exceptionally interested in concrete projects, the exhibitors report to us. We have definitely achieved the goal of initiating high-quality dialogues between providers and interested parties.” Prof. Dr. Roland Fleck, Managing Director of NürnbergMesse GmbH, said at the closing event: “We are pleased about the course of this premiere. It is a clear confirmation that they have made the right decision to make an offer for industry in southern Germany. Almost 200 exhibitors come from the region. A major focus of the medtech industry is located in southern Germany. MedtecLIVE with T4M demonstrates this strength of industry in southern Germany.”




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The international orientation and the mapping of the entire value chain in the medical technology industry with a clear focus on production have made the trade fair an attractive meeting place, with exchange and knowledge gain in the center. In addition to networking, the top topics of the industry were also on the agenda in discussions and a variety of sessions: from digitization to regulatory affairs to production and processes.


Britta Fünfstück, CEO of the Hartmann Group in Heidenheim, pointed out in a final discussion with Bavarian State Secretary Roland Weigert from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy and State Secretary Dr. Patrick Rapp from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism points to the current challenges of the medtech industry in supply chains: “We are highly regulated and cannot simply switch to another in the event of a supplier failure. This can easily take over a year. The fact is, there are incredibly great risks. We are trying to build up massive inventory. This also applies to the finished products for our customers.”


The hybrid concept of the event with an extensive online platform was also well received: 84 percent of the online participants were on site in at least one day. The digital offer with all recorded lectures and the large exhibitor database is still available to visitors after the fair.


A medical device is created

A complete production line turned out to be a visitor magnet. In the center of the hall, the interaction of the individual exhibitors became plastic for the visitors, the entire production process up to sterile packaging could be traced using the example, regulatory requirements, e.g. of labelling, could be clearly explained. For this purpose, manufacturing companies from their field of competence have joined forces. Thus, the complexity of the manufacturing process became visible. The guided tours every 30 minutes were always well attended.


In the trade fair forum, there were discussions, presentations and award awards for start-ups and talents in the industry on all three days. Veronika Spieker, Sebastian Dörrich and Alexander Schneider were awarded the MedtecLIVE Talent Award for their final theses and won attractive prizes. The neurotech prince of EIT Health and Biogen went to two start-ups: Five Lives from France and Neurocast from the Netherlands. The two companies can look forward to 100,000 or 50,000 euros in prize money.


There was a spirit of optimism in the start-up area: young research spirit and positive innovative strength have a noticeably great influence on the entire industry. “Many companies did not even know what is already possible today. MedtecLIVE with T4M offers an optimal platform for this exchange,” pulls Dr. Julian Lotz, CEO of the bioplastic manufacturer BIOVOX Bilanz. His company produces plastics that are low in CO2, naturally renewable, fully degradable and recyclable. Thanks to functionalizations such as metal-free antimicrobial effects, these can also be used in medical technology.


The numerous large joint stands, including the VDMA, VDWF, Swiss Medtech, MedicalMountains, Bayern Innovativ and Brainport Industries, were also well attended. They enabled an optimal exchange and ensured networking of the participants among themselves and in the industry and offered companies the opportunity to participate in the fair as part of the joint participation. Niklas Kuczaty, Managing Director of VDMA Arbeitsgemeinschaft Medizintechnik, drew a satisfied balance: “We wanted a medtech fair in the south, where production and production technology is in the foreground. From the industry, I can say: We have achieved the target image. We managed to restart. Now we are on a very, very good path.”


Very well-frequented guided tours offered visitors a compact overview of important key topics such as start-ups, automation of medical device production or regional clusters.


High satisfaction among exhibitors

After two years without personal exchange, everyone involved was looking forward to the new collaborative medical technology format. For Hereaeus Amloy Technologies, the presence at the fair was a first. The manufacturer of amorphous alloys – new, biocompatible materials – which was only spun off from the Heraeus Group in 2019, looks back on good contacts: “Many people stop and we have good conversations. For Amloy, it is the first medical technology fair, the first step to presenting us. And that paid off for us,” says Dr. Hans Jürgen Wachter, Global Head at Heraeus Amloy Technologies.


Karin Ferenbach, Marketing Director of the KLINGEL Medical Metal Group, is already looking forward to participation next year: “MedtecLIVE with T4M was a good start for us as a Klingel medical Group in terms of a joint trade fair appearance of our five partner companies after a long corona break. We were able to score points there both as a group with our comprehensive value chain and with the special strengths of the individual group members.” The Klingel Medical Metal Group sees itself as a full-service provider for high-quality and complex high-end components, instruments and implants for prevention, diagnosis, surgical procedures, therapy and rehabilitation.


MedtecLIVE with T4M therefore had something to offer for everyone – for experienced and young companies and provided impulses for the future of medical technology.


Outlook MedtecLIVE with T4M 2023 in Nuremberg

Next year 2023, MedtecLIVE with T4M will take place again together with the international congress MedtecSUMMIT in Nuremberg. “After the great success of this year’s MedtecLIVE with T4M, the anticipation among exhibitors, visitors and of course for next year is huge,” says Boss. Commute between the Stuttgart and Nuremberg locations also means establishing the networks between two large medtech regions in the south. The foundation stone for the strong Medtech South has been laid.”


About MedtecLIVE with T4M

The MedtecLIVE with T4M trade fair is the leading European spring event in medical technology and takes place annually alternately in Stuttgart and Nuremberg. The event covers the entire value chain and connects the most important medical technology regions in Germany. This is where decision-makers of marketers and OEMs meet the most important suppliers of medical technology. The international congress MedtecSUMMIT will take place as part of the event.

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