Strong industry support gives further boost to leading exhibition amidst positive healthcare market

Industry support from prominent associations is a hallmark of any trade exhibition and this year, the 9th edition of MEDICAL FAIR ASIA enjoys the full backing of  prominent  industry bodies from the Asian region across the hospital and medical sectors. 
Since the exhibition debuted in 1997 (under the name HOSPIMedica), endorsement from the trade has grown significantly, and more than a decade on, MEDICAL FAIR ASIA’s stellar line up of industry support includes the Ministry of Health, Singapore, and associations such as:
· Asian Hospital Federation
· Association of Diagnostics Manufacturers of India 
· Association of Medical Device Industry (Singapore) 
· Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia
· PERSI (Indonesian Hospital Association)
· Singapore Medical Association
· The Federation of Medical Societies of Hong Kong
MEDICAL FAIR ASIA 2012 will take place on 12 to 14 September at Suntec Singapore, occupying all three halls of the convention centre as it welcomes more than 500 exhibitors and 10,000 trade visitors from around the world. 
Featuring a comprehensive line-up of technology, equipment and solutions for the hospital, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, medical and rehabilitation sectors, the exhibition comes at a time when Singapore expects to increase its healthcare spend by 6% annually to reach US$12.6 billion by 2015 making Singapore an ideal location for specialised exhibitions like MEDICAL FAIR ASIA. The exhibition gives decision makers the opportunity to find out about the latest developments in their field, and to do business on an international platform with some of the industry’s best suppliers. 
President for the Association of Diagnostics Manufacturers of India,  D.G. Tripathi believes that  MEDICAL FAIR ASIA would make a significant contribution in terms of showcasing companies, product technologies and bringing them closer to buyers and distributors.  “And to that extent, play a vital role in bringing effective products and technologies to the patients and 
caregivers,“ he says. 
The Association of Diagnostics Manufacturers of India provides a platform for Indian in vitro diagnostics (IVD) manufacturers to voice their concerns and resolve issues. The Indian IVD industry is a part of the growing Indian biotech sector that is carving a niche for itself in the international front.
“MEDICAL FAIR ASIA furthers the interest of our members by bringing them closer to their customers and markets which in turn help them to commercialise their product and technologies which is one of the missions of the association,” says D.G. Tripathi.
Incorporated in January 2011, the Association of Medical Devices Industry (Singapore) serves as a key representative body for the medical device industry in Singapore, aiming to advocate good practices and promote high industry standards among the trade. Its President, Henry K H Tan says MEDICAL FAIR ASIA allows its members and SMEs to tap on opportunities of the medical and healthcare business in this region and to cultivate growth opportunities with suppliers in the
“The exhibition showcases advanced medical products and innovations of the future to importing companies and healthcare providers in the region, thus contributing to a conducive marketplace,” he says.Sharing similar sentiments, Dr Yin-Kwok Ng, Secretary of the Federation of Medical Societies of Hong Kong, says: “MEDICAL FAIR ASIA provides an international platform for the medical and healthcare industry. The boundless opportunities, economically and academically, generated from the fair make this industry flourish and vibrant.”
Industry support crucial amidst positive medical and health care market in AsiaDemand for better and state-of-the-art healthcare products is increasingly rising, with the growing ageing population in Asia as a main contributing factor.
According to D.G. Tripathi, “Asia is the growth area among all the continents in the world and is expected to grow faster than other continents at least  in  the next decade or so. With a large population and growing disposable income, it is only obvious that the Asian medical healthcare sectors would at least triple in the next decade.“
Dr. Sutoto, Mkes, Director of PERSI (Indonesian Hospital Association) is confident that as healthcare becomes a growing priority in the region, both public and private providers must consider the bestmethods of delivery if the demands of their populations are to be met. 
“With growing affluence, this brings further challenges in the form of a growing elderly population, chronic diseases,  and higher expectations of standards of care. Health spending in developing economies is expected to double over the next decade, outstripping GDP growth. The economic uncertainly in the west has only increased the need to find ways to create new investments and deliver health services more efficiently.“
“PERSI is delighted to be supporting MEDICAL FAIR ASIA once again as this is exactly the right platform that is needed in Asia to educate the industry professionals of impending medical and health trends to come,“ he adds.
According to Dato’ Dr Jacob Thomas, President of the Asian Hospital Federation and Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia, “private hospitals across Malaysian and the Asian region are constantly sourcing for the latest medical technology and equipment in order to provide the best care to patients. MEDICAL FAIR ASIA provides an excellent platform for these private hospitals in Asia not just to procure their needs but also to network and exhange expertise.“
About Messe Düsseldorf Asia 
Messe Düsseldorf Asia is a subsidiary of Messe Düsseldorf in Germany, one of the world’s leading trade fair organizers, responsible for organizing more than 20 global No. 1 exhibitions in various industries including  medical and health care  – specifically MEDICA, COMPAMED, REHACARE INTERNATIONAL and A+A  held in Düsseldorf, Germany. Messe Düsseldorf Asia has developed a portfolio of numerous trade fairs in Southeast Asia since 1995. Its trade fairs for the plastics and 
rubber sectors in  Thailand (TIPREX), Vietnam (Plastics & Rubber Vietnam), Indonesia (INDOPLAS) and Malaysia (M-PLAS), the printing and packaging sector in Thailand (PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL)and Indonesia (INDOPRINT and INDOPRINT), the wire, cable, tube and pipe sectors in Thailand (wire Southeast Asia and Tube Southeast Asia), and the medical and health care industries in Thailand and Singapore (MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND, MEDICAL FAIR ASIA, and Occupational Safety and Health Asia) are successful events serving the regional markets of Southeast Asia and beyond. In 2013, Messe Düsseldorf Asia will strengthen its presence in Indonesia with the debut indometal, an international 
metal and steel trade fair for Southeast Asia.