One hundred and thirty French companies will be exhibiting at the Middle East’s largest healthcare exhibition, from January 30 to February 2, 2017. A quarter of them will be attending for the first time. Manufacturers of high-end hospital furniture and equipment and companies with cutting-edge expertise in decontamination and waste management will be spread across two halls totaling 1,330 square meters of exhibition space. For the first time, the France Pavilion will be hosting three hospitals specializing in disciplines that meet the needs of the Gulf region: the American Hospital of Paris, Paris Saint Joseph hospital and the Saint Grégoire private hospital in Rennes.
The French medical devices industry is supported by cutting-edge companies, 94% of them SMEs or microbusinesses. France’s offering is geared towards diagnostic imaging, disposable devices, implants, prostheses and ortheses. Innovative devices are being used in promising sectors like surgery to treat pathologies linked to ageing and aesthetic surgery.
Healthcare markets in countries belonging to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are expected to grow at 12% a year to reach $69.4 billion in 2018. Governments are keen to quickly get hold of specialized equipment to address new health challenges facing the region: diabetes, cardiovascular problems and obesity, all of which are growing fast. With locally produced medical devices limited solely to consumables and light hospital equipment, imports of medical devices are growing at almost 85% a year. This performance is driven in particular by a rapid increase in the number of planned hospitals. France is winning market share and has consolidated its ranking as the number seven supplier thanks to the positive image of its products and its strong reputation in research and development.
The majority of French companies attending Arab Health 2017 are particularly aware of the sanitary issues faced by hospitals and are involved in the fight against nosocomial, contagious and parasitic diseases. They specialize in decontamination, sterilization, ventilation, air treatment, oxygen generation, equipment disinfection and waste management.
Another well represented segment is obstetrics and gynecology.
The three hospitals represented at the exhibition will be presenting their expertise rooted in cutting-edge research technology, multidisciplinary care and high-quality treatment techniques: obesity and diabetes treatments, cardiology and vascular surgery, oncology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, sports medicine, healthcare assessments, etc.
With the help of regional partners such as Centreco-Centrexport, Lille Eurasanté and, for the first time, Bretagne Commerce International and Medicalps (the Grenoble-Isère healthcare technology cluster), each of which will be represented by ten or so companies, the Business France Pavilion will put the latest French innovations on display for all to see at Arab Health 2017. (Business France is the national agency that promotes the internationalization of the French economy.) Their technical expertise is able to meet the demands of the very demanding and fast-growing local market.