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Federal Health Minister Hermann Gröhe to open the International Dental Show 2017

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The 37th International Dental Show (IDS) will be opened by the Federal Health Minister Hermann Gröhe in Cologne on 21 March 2017.


"We are delighted that Minister Gröhe is honouring the leading world dental show with his visit, is opening the 37th IDS and is going to gain a personal impression of the performance of the dental medical technology. As such, Minister Gröhe is underlining the high standing of IDS in Germany and abroad," commented Dr. Martin Rickert, VDDI Chairman.

IDS is a top event in the Cologne trade fair portfolio and has been growing for years both in terms of the number of exhibitors and visitors. Record figures are awaited once again for 2017.

The official opening will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the corridor between Halls 10 and 11. We would like to invite you to attend as a representative of the media and editorial offices.

About IDS

IDS (International Dental Show) takes place in Cologne every two years and is organised by the GFDI Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH, the commercial enterprise of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI) and is staged by Koelnmesse GmbH, Cologne.

100 years of VDDI

The VDDI celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. It was founded as the Association of German Dental Manufacturers on 24 June 1916 and organised the first Dental Show in 1923. In 1928 the VDDF organised the first International Dental Show. Today, the VDDI has 200 member companies with 20,000 employees. The overall turnover is more than Euro 5 billion with an export share of 62 percent.

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