Medica Dusseldorf, the Europe’s biggest healthcare tradeshow, happened last week, and the balance of Portuguese companies present in Germany could not be more positive: the national delegation has drawn the attention of customers from the four corners of the world, with relevant emphasis on the European market, but also Asia and the United States, where domestic production did not go unnoticed.
Particularly satisfied with the first two days of the fair, Raclac claimed to be “experiencing a large influx” of customers, especially “from Germany and the Nordic countries, who naturally have technology and security as pillars, and are looking for premium services and products”. The company, a leader in the nitrile gloves field, presented its new Advance range. “They are the first gloves in the world to be 100% inspected”, points out Raquel Pinho from Raclac’s commercial department. In a fully automated way, the inspection is carried out “we are also pioneers in this aspect. We have an AQL associated with the control of holes and defects better than other companies that operate in this market of non-sterile gloves”, Raquel explained. The central position and next to one of the entrances to the fair, as well as effective communication via video, has helped Raclac to take the good name of Portuguese production further. Raclac is also currently patenting an innovative glove dispenser within the scope of good non-contamination practices.
Participating for the second time, Inarbel claimed the fair is “within expectations”. CEO José Armindo Ferraz expected more movement for the remaining days but is satisfied with the new contacts established with buyers from England, Spain, Italy, and the United States. “We also had customers from Asia”, added the person responsible for the young SKYLAB brand.
The forum presented by CITEVE, together with Associação Selectiva Moda, has also attracted attention due to the innovative nature of the projects, which will be present until November 17th, Thursday. “We noticed more movement than in the last edition. It looks like the Medica we were used to before the pandemic”, advanced Cristina Castro, public relations at CITEVE. The technological center, which helps textile companies in the most varied projects, brought to Medica among others, a muscle recovery suit, reusable surgical gowns, and a new project to develop materials for dressings for wounds. “Another project arousing the curiosity of passers-by is a pillow that monitors the quality of sleep”, added Cristina Castro.
ASPECTO, Barcelcom, Inarbel, Oasipor, Pharmia, and Trim NW were the From Portugal companies present at Medica. CITEVE, CeNTI, HydruStent, and Raclac also joined the tradeshow.
The participation of Portuguese SME companies in Medica is an initiative of Selectiva Moda and ATP – Associação Têxtil e Vestuário de Portugal, which aims to promote the internationalization of Portuguese companies in the field of Fashion. The “From Portugal” project is co-financed by Portugal 2020, within the scope of Compete 2020 – Operational Program for Competitiveness and Internationalization and Lisbon 2020 – Regional Operational Program of Lisbon, with an eligible amount of support of €6,648,794.78 , of which €3,735,305.80 come from the European Union, through the European Regional Development Fund.