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Exhibitors stack up for IDS’s centennial event in 2023

IDS 2023 will mark 100 years of the trade fair and more than 1,000 exhibitors have already registered for the jubilee event—pictured is the Dr. Jean Bausch stand at IDS 1962. (Image: IDS/Koelnmesse)

Thu. 1. September 2022


COLOGNE, Germany: The International Dental Show (IDS) will take place from 14 to 18 March next year, and more than 1,000 exhibitors have already registered for the event. The organisers say that the growing exhibitor list already includes some of the key players in dentistry, such as Dentsply Sirona, which opted not to attend the event in 2021 owing to concerns relating to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

IDS 2023 is set to be a jubilee event. It will be the 40th iteration of the trade fair and will mark 100 years since the first IDS took place in 1923. The organisers—the Association of the German Dental Industry (VDDI) and Koelnmesse—say that these milestones are a testament to the strength of the international dental industry, and dentists from around the world are no doubt looking forward to seeing their industry return to Cologne in full force.

Owing to the pandemic, the 39th IDS was postponed by six months and took place without a number of its stalwarts. Dentsply Sirona and Ivoclar opted not to attend the event in 2021 and have now both returned to the preliminary exhibitor list.

Dentsply Sirona said in a press release that the company will showcase its latest innovations in digital dentistry at the event. Walter Petersohn, chief commercial officer at the company, stated: “We are very excited to join IDS 2023 and reconnect with dental professionals from all over the world for a week of knowledge sharing and networking.” He added that a full programme of events will take place at the company’s booth.

Norbert Wild, managing director at Ivoclar Germany, said in a VDDI and Koelnmesse press release that participating in the event will allow the company “to present products and solutions and engage in a targeted exchange with dentists, dental technicians and dental hygienists at one location”.

VDDI and Koelnmesse said that 400 companies from 11 countries have already registered for IDS 2023. Registrations from China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore indicate that companies from the Asia Pacific region are poised to make their mark on the event, and those from Argentina, Brazil, Israel, Italy and the US suggest that next year’s IDS will live up to the event’s reputation as a truly international snapshot of the contemporary dental industry.

IDS 2023 will be staged across 7 halls of the Koelnmesse trade fair grounds in Cologne, and a total exhibition space of 180,000 m² will make it larger than pre-pandemic events. In 2019, the 38th IDS covered 170,000 m² of exhibition space and featured 2,260 vendors from more than 60 countries. In 2021, the 39th IDS was downsized to 115,000 m² and featured 830 exhibitors from 59 countries.

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