A unique focus on production and manufacturing technology

13.03.2020 - 09:00

As Europe’s largest industrial association, the VDMA Working Group Medical Technology has been the perfect promotional supporter for the T4M – Technology for Medical Devices supplier fair since its inception. The association has thus been intensively involved from the very beginning in designing the trade fair’s content and concept and supports the event with its reputation, expertise and contacts. In the following interview, Niklas Kuczaty, Managing Director and Trade Fairs Support of the VDMA Working Group Medical Technology, discusses T4M’s USP and the growing demands on technologies in the age of personalised medicine.

Mr Kuczaty, what can trade visitors expect to see this year at your group stand at T4M? Have there been any changes? 
The concept of our group stand remains the same. Our aim has always been to keep organisational matters as simple as possible for the exhibitors, but to provide each company with the opportunity to present itself in an individual light at the same time. For visitors, the 2020 stand will focus on many more technologies than the 2019 stand did. What’s more, VDMA staff will be present at the stand to provide personalised advice, ranging from current legal aspects for suppliers to tips on finding partners and suppliers from all fields of mechanical engineering.

What special significance does T4M hold for the VDMA Working Group Medical Technology?
T4M is the only trade fair in Germany and Europe that focuses on production and manufacturing technology for the medical technology industry. Furthermore, our members feel very much at home at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre. Trade fairs will remain important in the future, but they must adapt to the times. T4M is breaking new ground – in particular with Start-up World – and this is also very appealing to exhibitors. The stands on our group stand are located in the start-up aisle and are very popular with our companies.

Can you describe T4M in three words?
Young, innovative, dynamic.

The VDMA Working Group Medical Technology and Messe Stuttgart cooperate on a very active and intensive level. The aim is to establish a long-term future for T4M at the Stuttgart location. What kind of activities are you involved in? 
In principle, the VDMA advises Messe Stuttgart on all organisational and design aspects for T4M such as the exhibitor nomenclature, planning the trade fair times or the accompanying programme. We are organising a group stand on-site, which has grown significantly compared to last year, and the Working Group Medical Technology general meeting will also take place at T4M. Furthermore, we are offering visitors and exhibitors an exciting workshop on the subject of digitisation and Industry 4.0.

Can you predict which topics, products and services will be the subject of intense discussions between exhibitors and trade visitors at T4M 2020?
I think that the MDR will continue to be at the forefront in 2020. We will be close to the official deadline around the time T4M takes place. As for the different technologies, we are definitely seeing an increase in interest in automation and Industry 4.0. Medical technology is increasingly customised to meet patients’ individual medical needs and this also requires increasingly sophisticated production solutions. 

In general, why are medical technology trade fairs important for the Working Group Medical Technology?
The VDMA Working Group Medical Technology provides an important sales support service at both domestic and international trade fairs. Even in this day and age ruled by the internet and with many companies cultivating an online presence, trade fairs remain a crucial meeting point where visitors and exhibitors from the entire industry come together in the same place at the same time. Visitors can easily compare the offers and technologies of different companies while exhibitors can maintain contact with existing customers and partners and acquire new ones.

Mr Kuczaty, thank you for your time!

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