The 23 small and mid-sized businesses that exhibited in last year’s MEDICA Trade Fair reported more than $122 million in total projected export sales. Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) hosted the Florida Pavilion, the largest of any state in attendance. MEDICA was held November 13-16 in Düsseldorf, Germany and is the world’s largest trade event for the medical/health industry.
“MEDICA was once again a highly successful show for Florida and the companies that exhibited in Florida’s pavilion,” said Manny Mencia, EFI’s senior vice president of international trade & development. “I congratulate those companies and thank them for helping us tell the Florida business story. Because of the success Florida companies consistently have at MEDICA, the state is recognized around the world as a leader in the medical/health care industry.”
2017 marked MEDICA’s 34th year. Over the four days of the trade fair, approximately 130,000 trade visitors from 70 countries attended, and more than 5,000 exhibitors displayed a broad spectrum of innovations and products.
In addition to the 23 companies that exhibited in the two-story Florida Pavilion, 25 other Florida businesses attended the show. Florida Pavilion exhibitors were:
- Airon Corporation – Melbourne
- Anjon Holdings – Jacksonville
- Aspen Laser Systems – West Palm Beach
- Atlas Specialty Lighting – Miami
- Excite Medical – Tampa
- Gaumard Scientific – Miami
- Genadyne Biotechnologies, Inc. – Fort Lauderdale
- GENICON – Winter Park
- GEO Surgical – Clearwater
- Gulf Fiberoptics, Inc. – Oldsmar
- Infinium Medical – Largo
- Kollsut-USA, LLC – North Miami Beach
- Medas, Inc. – Miami
- Medicapture Digital Imaging – Stuart
- Mercury Medical – Clearwater
- Métier Medical USA – Ponte Vedra Beach
- Orthomerica Products, Inc. – Orlando
- Scar Heal, Inc. – Largo
- Sharn Anesthesia, Inc. – Tampa
- Sunoptic Technologies – Jacksonville
- Tapmedic – Jacksonville
- US Defib Medical Technologies, LLC – Medley
- Vigilante Biosciences – Ft. Lauderdale
David Kerr, Orthomerica chairman and CEO, said, “We were first introduced to MEDICA years ago by EFI. We continue to attend and certainly have added scores of jobs as a result. Attending MEDICA enables me to meet with many existing distributors, saving me a considerable number of visits to their cities. We make good use of the Florida Pavilion and the Enterprise Florida staff serves us well logistically. I say every year that Enterprise Florida is a great use of my tax dollars!”
“MEDICA 2017 exceeded our expectations with the help of Enterprise Florida’s team both on and off-site,” said Oz Ozkaya, president of Infinium Medical in Largo. “This exhibition has been a huge success. We displayed our products in more a professionally designed, larger booth space and therefore allowed more customers to visit our company. Due to expected sales increases and other strategic connections that were made during the exhibition, we anticipate growth and the addition of more Florida jobs in 2018. Thank you Enterprise Florida! We will be back next year!”
Enterprise Florida conducted nearly 60 meetings with global leaders in the medical device manufacturing industry during the show. EFI co-sponsored the U.S. Pavilion reception, giving Florida companies an informal opportunity to meet with U.S. and international companies attending the trade event.
EFI maintains an extensive schedule of overseas trade missions and exhibitions worldwide. In fiscal year 2016-17, more than 500 small and mid-sized Florida businesses reported $738 million in total export sales following international events.