“We are delighted with the feedback from both exhibitors and visitors alike for the debut edition,” commented RNCG chief operating officer Duncan Wood. “Their enthusiasm for the new show has been the catalyst for its success.”
The Mediplas exhibition covers all areas of the medical plastics supply chain – including design and prototyping, materials, clean room machinery (extrusion and injection moulding), process control and sensing, mould making and temperature control, end of line/assembly, regulation and contract manufacturing. It is distinct from existing medical device shows because it specialises in plastics, which increasingly are proving to be the materials of choice as bio-compatible plastics and polymer compounds continue to replace metal and ceramics.
Sean Fryers, marketing manager at Connect 2 Cleanrooms (Kirkby Lonsdale / UK; www.connect2cleanrooms.com), said Mediplas was a good addition to his company’s exhibition strategy for 2012, providing a perfect opportunity to talk to people who had a genuine interest in its products. The managing director of Henniker Scientific (Warrington / UK; www.henniker-scientific.com), Terry Whitmore, said he was very impressed with the number and quality of leads provided on both days of the exhibition. ”We were kept very busy with interesting new applications for our range of plasma surface treatment equipment,” he added.
Next year’s event, "Mediplas 2013", will take place at the NEC, Birmingham on 25-26 September. According to RNCG, many of the exhibitors from this year’s show have already reserved their stands for next time. In the words of one of the visitors to the inaugural event, Richard Fletcher, managing director of RF Works (Leominster / UK; www.rfworks.co.uk), a design, development and prototyping company specialising in the radio frequency welding of films and fabrics, “Mediplas 2013 is the only exhibition to visit for everyone developing medical products.”