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Record Attendance for MEDTEC Show in Stuttgart, Germany

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LOS ANGELES, April 1 /PRNewswire/ --

-Major expansion announced for 2005

Attendance soared to more than 5,000 -- an unprecedented 25% growth rate -- as buyers from across Europe met with hundreds of leading international medical suppliers for the eighth annual MEDTEC(TM) (Medical Equipment Design & Technology Exhibition & Conference) trade fair 9-11 March at Messe Stuttgart. At the show, organizers announced a 23% expansion in exhibition space for 2005, when MEDTEC will move to larger halls within the Messe.

The show's exhibiting companies give MEDTEC high marks for the senior level manufacturing personnel it attracted, who were serious buyers interested in placing orders and establishing long term relationships.

"At ATS we are expanding our European capability to provide automated systems to the medical device and pharmaceutical industry. MEDTEC 2004 has connected us with a number of new, and well qualified, project opportunities. Next year's MEDTEC will be an important part of our 2005 marketing strategy to the European healthcare industry."

--Paul Patterson, Director of Sales and Marketing, ATS Automation Tooling Systems

"MEDTEC 2004 has surpassed all of our expectations! It gave us an excellent opportunity to unveil our new medical technology polymer portfolio and to have one-on-one discussions with many existing and prospective customers on new trends, developments and requirements in this market. MEDTEC is definitely a show that we need to participate in next year."

--Dr. Tilo Vaahs, Marketing Manager, Ticona GmbH

"As a UK manufacturer of precision tubular raw materials for the Medical Device Industry we at Fine Tubes made contact with the leading heads of the medical device industry, discussing future product developments, exchanging ideas and clearly making business. Unlike other medical exhibitions, MEDTEC Stuttgart is also very pleasant, with a friendly atmosphere, not overrun but down to the point with high quality profile visitors -- and still growing. At Fine Tubes we are looking forward to MEDTEC 2005."

--Bettina Schadow, Marketing Specialist, Fine Tubes Ltd.

"UTI offers a single source solution for the outsourcing needs of medical device suppliers. We have been at MEDTEC since its start. This year seemed to be the best show yet. We will be back in Stuttgart again next year!"

--Victor Asselberghs, Director of Sales for Europe, UTI Corporation

"For the 3rd consecutive year, STI Laser Industries, a world leader in high precision laser processing and micro machining of medical devices, found MEDTEC the best gateway to European and worldwide medical device companies. Offering OEM and product development support services to established and emerging medical device companies, we have identified many of our customers and would be customers at this exciting event. Looking forward to MEDTEC 2005 -- an event we are not going to miss!"

--Zivi Ra'anan, Director of Business Development, STI Laser Industries

"MEDTEC has established itself as main event for the European medical device market. Visitors and exhibitors from leading companies attend the show and thus the quality of contacts was very high. We had the chance to meet both existing customers and numerous prospective buyers as well as current and potential suppliers. Of course we will come back and have already booked a booth for MEDTEC 2005."

--i.A. M.Stocker, Marketing Manager RAUMEDIC, REHAU AG + Co.

"Steripack specialises in high quality flexible packaging and contract assembly for the medical device industry. We have attended MEDTEC for many years and have found it a great way to catch up with old friends and meet new customers. We'll be back again next year!"

--John Ward, Marketing Manager, Steripack Ltd.

Exhibitors are backing up their praise by signing up at a high rate for next year's event. Show organizers recently confirmed that more than 75% of available exhibit space for 2005 has already been reserved.

Launched in 1997 and now firmly established in the heart of Europe's medical manufacturing industry, MEDTEC has become Europe's leading industry event for medical device producers. It attracts high-level visitors-such as R&D directors, manufacturing, process, product, project and corporate managers -- from Germany, Austria, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Italy, Switzerland and various other European nations.

This year's show focused upon microtechnology in both its conference and exhibition. The former offered a full-day track on "Advances in Microtechnology and Nanotechnology" while the exhibition contained a PrecisionTec(TM) pavilion with leading CNC machining equipment manufacturers, EDM equipment suppliers, laser cutting and welding technology, as well as contract manufacturers in fabricating, turning, milling, cutting, grinding, extruding, rolling, and moulding precision metal parts for medical and other high technology industries.

Two other key product categories were showcased in pavilions of the MEDTEC exhibition. The Medical Packaging Pavilion presented the latest innovations in medical contract packaging, materials and capital equipment for medical device manufacturers, and the Drug Delivery and Pharmaceutical Packaging Pavilion offered buyers everything they needed to develop existing brands and new drug formulations in the world of controlled- release, rapid-dissolve, implant, and inhalation systems.

MEDTEC also featured expanded participation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Two agency officials led sessions during the conference and participated in a "Meet the FDA" programme of individual meetings with visitors. William Sutton is with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health's (CDRH's) industry and international assistance programme, Marjorie Shulman, the Office of Device Evaluation.

MEDTEC(TM) is produced and managed by Canon Communications LLC, the leading trade fair producer and publisher for the medical manufacturing, broad-based packaging, plastics, design and manufacturing, electronics, and microelectronics industries. For more information on MEDTEC(TM), call +00 353 1 8060557 or visit www.medtecshow.com.

Web site: http://www.medtecshow.com

SOURCE Canon Communications LLC



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