COLOGNE, Germany: In 200 days’ time, Cologne will become the capital of the dental world again when the International Dental Show (IDS) is held for the 37th time. During the 2017 show, a number of topics will be highlighted. For example, visitors will be able to learn more about 3-D printing technologies, which have gained increasing importance in recent years. Another focus of the event will be hygiene and infection control in the dental practice.


From 21 to 25 March, more than 2,200 dental companies from all over the world will be exhibiting their latest products in five halls of the exhibition centre of Koelnmesse, which organises about 80 trade fairs, exhibitions and special events for the most important markets worldwide every year.

Visitors to IDS 2017 will be able to see and try out the latest advances in dental technology, and 3-D printing techniques and additive manufacturing in particular. Today, these technologies are widely used in the manufacture of crowns, bridges and denture bases in the dental laboratory or in-house, for example.

Moreover, the 2017 event will give a comprehensive overview of current hygiene and infection control concepts, a topic on which it is necessary to be constantly updated owing to new laws and regulations. Over the last decade, biofilms and the spread of multidrug-resistant micro-organisms have become an increasing problem, both for medical device manufacturers and, more crucially, within clinical settings. Therefore, companies specialising in this field will be showcasing new means of consistent hygiene management in the dental practice during IDS 2017.

In 2015, almost 139,000 trade visitors from 152 countries attended the world’s leading dental trade fair, corresponding to an increase of almost 11 per cent compared with 2013. The event also set new records in terms of the number of exhibitors and the exhibition space sold. About 2,200 companies from 59 countries presented their innovations, product developments and services in an exhibition space covering 157,000 m2.