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Frankfurt am Main, 7 March 2013. – Innovative medical products help doctors to respond more effectively to their patients’ wishes; modern-day production technology ensures that patients’ individual requirements are both reliably and affordably met. How in future in this balancing act potentials in production operations can be even better upgraded will be discussed by doctors medical technology producers, machinery manufacturers and researchers at the second “Metal meets Medical” conference in Frankfurt am Main on 11 April 2013. It will be hosted by the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), Frankfurt am Main, together with the Institute for Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW) at Darmstadt University.

With a volume of around 300 billion euros, and still rising, the market for medical technology is growing dynamically. According to the VDW’s latest customer structure survey, the machine tool industry is meanwhile delivering about two per cent of its production output to this customer grouping. And: the total value of the machines sold has tripled within the four years up to 2011 alone. Which means the rapidly expanding market for medical technology is now much more than an insider’s tip.

“The order of the day in medical technology is high-quality customisation at affordable prices”, comments Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director of the VDW. “At our conference, top-ranking experts will be discussing how the principles of series production can also upgrade potentials in a highly individualised market”, he adds. The event is themed around the requirements of doctors and medical technology producers, and will be showcasing solutions with various machining and metrological processes used in manufacturing prostheses, in dental technology and in producing implants.

For Professor Eberhard Abele, who heads the co-organiser PTW, an intensive dialogue between the two sectors is crucial to success. “Medical technology is an attractive, dynamic market with a high demand for leading-edge production technology. It thus stimulates innovations in the machine tool industry, which in turn strengthens the latter’s international status.” Professor Eckhart Uhlmann, Director of the Fraunhofer IPK in Berlin and one of the speakers (and indeed chairperson) at the conference, concurs: “Production engineering as a key technology for medical equipment will be crucial to our innovations in the future. Even more than hitherto, we shall have to comprehend the needs of the medical community and heighten awareness of our technologies in this rapidly expanding market.”

Ever since 2010, the VDW has been putting its weight behind the “Metal meets Medical” concept, thus offering a platform for transferring knowledge between the manufacturers of medical technology products and the vendors of the production technologies concerned. Each year, it organises either a “Metal meets Medical” conference or a special exhibition to coincide with the METAV.

For your appointments diary:

What: The “Metal meets Medical” conference themed around “potentials for manufacturing”

When: 11 April 2013

Where: Frankfurt am Main, Niederrad, VDMA Building

Further information Niklas Kuczaty, VDW, Tel. +49(0)69 756081-48

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