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IDS is back: 120,000 attend centenary of the world’s leading dental show

Attendees had the opportunity to discover numerous innovations in at IDS. (Image: Koelnmesse)

Sat. 18. March 2023


COLOGNE, Germany: After five exhibition days, the International Dental Show (IDS), which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, ended today. According to organiser Koelnmesse, 120,000 visitors from 162 countries attended, 60% of them coming from abroad.  In total, 1,788 companies from 60 countries exhibited at the show, including over 1,300 from abroad.

Mark Stephen Pace, chairman of the executive board of the Association of the German Dental Industry, commented: “IDS 2023 was a success across the board and, at the same time, it proved that even after 100 years it is still reinventing itself and developing further. IDS has once again confirmed that it is a world leading trade fair. The quality of the visitors was sensational. Together with Koelnmesse, we will successfully lead IDS into the second century of the event’s history with energy, ambition, creativity and vision. This year’s claim ‘100 years IDS―shaping the dental future’ reflects the outstanding importance of the trade fair today and in the future.”

Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse Oliver Frese added: “Over five days, we experienced an IDS that more than lived up to its claim as a leading international hub. This gives the global dental industry the necessary impetus for the coming months and, at the same time, underlines the global appeal that emanates from the IDS. The result of the event is all the more remarkable as the geopolitical framework conditions are currently a challenge.”

Two topics stood out at this year’s IDS: complete digital workflows and sustainability. Furthermore, a considerable number of companies showcased artificial intelligence applications.

The overall feedback from the exhibitors was very positive. Fred Freedman, vice president of member services at Dental Trade Alliance and president of International Dental Manufacturers, stated: “IDS is the largest and best international dental meeting in the world. The 2023 IDS can be summed up in one sound bite: IDS is back. With the enormous crowds and thousands of international distributors and visitors, this is a must for all US manufacturers and companies looking for new international business.”

Simon Campion, president and CEO of Dentsply Sirona, concluded: “It was important for us as a company to be back on-site and meet our customers in person because that makes a difference. Under the motto ‘United for better dentistry’, we offered our visitors a programme with 40 hours of live demonstrations and hands-on training. In addition, we made clear statements on the topics of digitalisation and sustainability with our panel discussions. We can positively impact the lives of millions of patients. We can only do this through mutual exchange and closer collaboration.”


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