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October 2016

Press Contact:

Anne Meerboth-Maltz
Tel. (312)781-5185
Fax (312) 781-5188

Messe Düsseldorf North America
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Suite 2920
Chicago, IL 60601


At the recent staging of REHACARE International 2016, Trade Fair with Congress & Forums, 49,300 industry professionals and people with disabilities visited Europe's leading trade fair for rehabilitation and care. The latest information and aids for the sector were presented by 916 exhibitors from 36 countries. With 344,500 square feet of net exhibit space, REHACARE recorded its best result in its 39-year history.

“REHACARE benefits from its role as an international market for opportunities that provides a comprehensive overview of all aids that help make life easier to those living with disabilities, their relatives and an international trade audience. The exhibits ranged from small aids for everyday life and standard products to high-tech mobility aids and assistive systems,” stated Joachim Schäfer, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf. “At the same time, our trade fair is an essential platform for everyone looking for information and advice and wishing to share their experiences with people facing similar challenges. The information about home care, the congress as well as the discussions and presentations relating to many political topics that concern people with disabilities were right at the top of the agenda this year.”

The cabinet bill for the German Federal Participation Act intended to consolidate the rights of people with disabilities, for instance, was a central topic at the stand of the German Federal Association SELBSTHILFE (Self-Help). “From the point of view of the associations representing people with disabilities, there is a need for considerable improvement – particularly in regard to nationally uniform procedures for providing assistance and benefits associated with integration support,” said Dr. Martin Danner, National Executive Director of the SELBSTHILFE Association.

Exhibitors gave REHACARE 2016 top marks. A representative survey shows that more than 90% were satisfied with the results the event, 83% reported that the trade fair has already been a business success and 88% expect good post-show business.

The export-oriented industry for medical aids is also pleased with the high participation of foreign attendees. Around 8,000 trade visitors from sales, import and cost bearers travelled to Düsseldorf. The international visitors – who came from 47 countries – are also vital to the medical-aid industry in Germany. According to estimates by the industry association SPECTARIS, most of the around 300 German businesses in the sector experienced growth in 2015 particularly in other countries. With an export rate of now 55%, the market for medical aids has closed the gap on the export figures for the entire medical-technology industry, which most recently ranged at 64%. The industry for medical aids in Germany generated total sales of Euro 3.6 billion in 2015, about 3% more than in the previous year.

Significantly more visitors from the field of care are now coming to REHACARE. Particularly young people intending to enter the care professions used the trade fair to get information about the various professions and training opportunities.

The majority of the visitors were again mainly interested in mobility and walking aids, followed by the segment of everyday aids. Almost every third visitors focused on orthopedic and care aids.

The training and information program at the Life Forum with Care@home attracted twice as many participants as last time. Around 400 care professionals and care-providing relatives attended the seminars organized by the Care Academy for the lower Rhine region. “The theme day specifically addressing wound experts was a complete success with 250 people attending and has established itself as a firm fixture within the event,” noted Managing Director Heike Senge.

The interest in the REHACARE Congress about housing for the elderly exceeded Messe Düsseldorf's expectations: 120 representatives from municipalities, social and residential housing took part in the event organized under the auspices of the Curatorship German Care for the Elderly.

Another highlight was the REHACARE Sports Center of the Sports Association for the Disabled and Rehabilitation in North Rhine-Westphalia, inviting attendees with disabilities to actively join in the sports activities or to find out more about the types of sport available to them.

The next REHACARE will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany from October 4 – 7, 2017. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at REHACARE 2017, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail:; Visit our web site; Subscribe to our blog; Follow us on twitter at

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