IDEM Singapore 2016 Concludes on a Successful Note

This year’s IDEM Singapore closed on a high note, bringing together 8,173 visitors and conference delegates


IDEM Singapore 2016 has successfully concluded its three-day exhibition and conference held from April 8 to 10, 2016 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. With a larger exhibition space of 18,000sqm spread over three levels, IDEM Singapore 2016 attracted 8,173 visitors and delegates from 72 participating countries. There were 512 exhibitors from 38 countries who showcased their latest innovations in clinical and digital dentistry at the trade exhibition. Scientific conferences were simultaneously held to provide participants with updates on cutting-edge dental technology and clinical techniques.

More sophisticated innovations

IDEM Singapore 2016 once again proved to be the preferred platform for exhibitors who wish to penetrate the Asian markets, with one-third of exhibitors participating for the first time. New and returning exhibitors were met with excitement and warm welcome from participants.

Being geographically far from Asia-Pacific, it is important for us to update our technologies as we see Singapore as a key target for the dental industry. We hope to be able to participate in the next edition of IDEM Singapore in 2018. – Ms. Laísa França, Trade Promotion Coordinator for ABIMO(Brazilian Medical Devices Manufacturers Association)

The future of the dental market is here in Asia. Other markets are mature or saturated, and Asia is the place where things happen fast and on a large scale. IDEM Singapore is the gateway into the Asian market. It is the best place to meet a full range of product manufacturers and make an informed decision of how you’re going to proceed with your treatments. – Mr. Amir Cahaner, Vice-President for Adin Dental Implant Systems, said with regard to the importance of Asia for the dental market

Knowledge beyond teeth

This year’s extensive line-up of scientific conferences was once again filled with enriching and informative sessions. Themed “Striving for Clinical Excellence”, the programme focused on technical, practical and molecular methods for oral health improvement. The conference ran for three days and featured 42 different sessions and 37 international speakers.

One of the highlights of the event was the full-day symposium, “Towards the Post-Amalgam Era” moderated by Dr. Hien Ngo, which brought to light a highly relevant issue in dentistry. Speakers shed light on the Minamata Convention, and the symposium rounded off with an insightful and lively panel discussion.

Dental practitioners must be fully aware that dentistry is not merely about matters pertaining to the teeth: it goes beyond. It has an impact on the environment wherein biomaterials are concerned. As a result, dental schools need to educate and train dental professionals and students on the proper usage and disposal of dental materials. – Professor Martin Tyas

Having a modern dental team that leverages on the use of advanced dental technologies to provide better service, a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach must be taken to address patient needs. With this in mind, the scientific conference had two returning forums and one additional forum to cover the whole spectrum of the entire dental team.

Dentistry is more than just treatment of the tooth. Oral health being an essential part of a patient’s wellbeing, it requires a thorough and holistic understanding of medicine from members of the dental team. With dental technology advancing at a rapid pace, research, treatment and management will require very close collaboration. – Prof. Loh Hong Sai, former Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore (NUS), who presented the topic ‘What You do not Know about Dentistry’at theDental Hygienist & Therapist Forum


Anticipating the future of dentistry

As the economy progresses in Asia-Pacific, so does consumers’ demand for better health and dental services. Consequently, progress in the dental industry will follow.

With an ongoing progressive dental industry in Asia, it will further underscore IDEM Singapore as a strategic event for industry players. IDEM Singapore 2016 statistics proved once again that we are Asia-Pacific’s most anticipated event on the dental calendar, providing all visitors with knowledge and insights into the industry. We will strive to continue to be the preferred platform for the dental industry to grow in this region. – Mr. Michael Dreyer, Vice President, Asia-Pacific, Koelnmesse Pte Ltd.

Forging close partnerships with local and international organisations can also help to accelerate the development of the dental industry. As the industry grows globally, sharing knowledge and insights across boundaries will be more significant for professional advancement.

IDEM Singapore 2016 was a very successful event for the industry, as well as for the Singapore Dental Association (SDA). We encourage professionalism and continuous learning through events such as IDEM Singapore. Through our partnership and efforts, we hope to ensure more participation from industry leaders in Asia and worldwide. – Dr. Kuan Chee Keong, SDA President

As IDEM Singapore 2016 came to a close, planning for the next special milestone – the tenth edition of IDEM Singapore – has already begun. Committed to advancing the dental industry, close cooperation with more specialist associations such as the International Academy of Periodontology (IAP) are in the pipeline.

Establishing a symposium on periodontology as part of IDEM Singapore 2018 is an exciting new prospect for us. IDEM Singapore seems like the natural partner for IAP to collaborate within Asia-Pacific, as they already organise such a professional conference and international exhibition. We hope to help raise the clinical credibility of IDEM Singapore by bringing in a speaker of the highest calibre in the field of periodontology. – Professor Ajay Kaki, IAP President


The tenth edition of IDEM Singapore 2018 will be held from April 13 to 15, 2018.


(Photos courtesy of Koelnmesse.)