IDEM Singapore 2016: A First for Many

IDEM Singapore lives up to its name as the leading platform of choice for regional and international dental industry players, continuously bringing exciting new product innovations and services.

From L to R: Dr. Patrick Hescot, FDI President; Minister Gan Kim Yong, Minister of Health, Singapore; Mr. Michael Dreyer, Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Koelnmesse; and Dr. Kuan Chee Keong, SDA President, during the ribbon cutting ceremony. 

Asia’s most comprehensive dental trade fair and the #1 dental event in Asia-Pacific, the International Dental Exhibition and Meeting (IDEM) Singapore returned for its ninth edition this year. Designed to engage every sector of the dental industry in APAC’s trade hub, the three-day event was officially launched by Guest-of-Honour Mr. Gan Kim Yong, Minister of Health, Singapore, at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre on April 8, 2016.

Jointly organised by Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association (SDA), IDEM Singapore 2016 remains as a premier sourcing platform for the region’s dental traders and distributors. With a total of 12 country pavilions, this edition has gathered over 500 leading dental companies to showcase their latest innovations and technologies – 87 per cent of which are international exhibitors coming from Europe, Asia and North and South America, the latter being represented by newcomer Brazil. Over 8,000 visitors and conference delegates from 60 countries were expected at the event.

IDEM Singapore 2016 also had an exciting line-up of conference programme and workshops. This year’s scientific conference is built upon the theme “Striving for Clinical Excellence”, which acknowledges that dental learning is a lifelong continuous journey and dental professionals can always strive to do better for their patients. Leading regional and international experts and speakers shared their knowledge through various conference topics and learning environments such as lectures, roundtable discussions and workshops.


Technology for clinical excellence

Digital technologies have been a rising trend in recent years. Coupled with patient demands for premium aesthetics with minimal oral invasiveness, discomfort and pain during treatment, digital technology has now become a necessity. IDEM Singapore recognises this and continues to attract new innovative products aimed at changing the dental work process and increasing patient’s quality of life.

“IDEM Singapore 2016 remains as the most comprehensive dental trade fair and platform for dental professionals and stakeholder from Asia-Pacific to congregate and share their knowledge and be informed about the latest technologies. We are proud to have a host of new and innovative exhibitors at our trade fair. The continuous growth with each IDEM Singapore edition is a testament to our hard work together with the conference programming committee and our partners in our commitment towards improving the industry,” said Mr. Michael Dreyer, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Koelnmesse Pte Ltd, organiser for IDEM Singapore 2016.

Minister Gan viewing portable dental units.

More practice and knowledge sharing

Solidifying its stamp as a must-attend for dental professionals, IDEM Singapore 2016 hosted two new workshops in partnership with the Association for Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon Singapore (AOMS) to allow dental surgeons a hands-on experience.

Returning for the second year are the New Dentist Forum and Dental Hygienist and Therapist Forum, with a new addition this year – the Digital Dentistry Forum. These forums aim to address the needs of the entire dental team by helping them to understand the clinical and non-clinical aspects necessary in striving for clinical excellence.

“Modern dentists are very receptive to new materials and practice management methods. However, modern dentistry is not just about technological improvement, but also about sustainability and renewability. Besides the opportunity to interact with friends and dental professionals from around the world, IDEM Singapore offers the opportunity to share knowledge, ideas and practical applications in dentistry,” said Dr. Kuan Chee Keong, SDA President.