The 2017 International Dental Show (IDS), the world's largest dental trade show, is only 10 months away. If you can't wait that long for the exhibition, you're in luck. This fall, Deutschland's dental industry is hosting a special "Dental Technology from Germany" exhibit at the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM). It's a must-see for any dentist, dealer, or industry guru headed to the Big Apple in November.
Why, you ask? Think of it this way: It will be like the all-you-can-eat-buffet of your dreams, but instead of savory strudels and beer-basted bratwurst, there will be enough mesmerizing tech to satisfy even the heartiest of dental appetites.
The "Dental Technology from Germany" exhibit will feature a "Science Lab" that will give dentists hands-on opportunities to use renowned German dental products. It will also feature a gigantic, museumesque space that presents current dental research and innovations coming out of German universities.
A record 37 German dental companies have already signed on to be part of the Dental Technology from Germany exhibit at the German dental industry pavilion in New York. Apex360 got a sneak peek at the list, and we're pleased to share it with you. Here are the companies that will be exhibiting, along with a few fast facts about the biggies.
Dental Technology from Germany: Exhibiting companies
• Adentatec GmbH
• Alfred Becht
• Andjana Deutschland UG
• Bego Implant Systems GmbH & Co. KG
• Bego Bremer Goldschlägerei
Company: Founded in 1890 and headquartered in Bremen, Bego is known for its high-quality, highly advanced products. Core proficiencies include 3-D printing, CAD/CAM, and implantology.
News: The Varseo 3-D printer system was named one of the four most innovative solutions in the category for "small- and medium-sized enterprises" at the German Industry Innovation Awards, which were presented last April in Darmstadt.
Fast fact: For the 2012 Olympics, Bego provided dental services to athletes, coaches, and journalists. Bego sent a nine-dentist team, which administered emergency dental care and bleaching free of charge. The team leader, Dr. Zita Funkenhauser, was a former Olympic winner herself. Among the problems fixed were lost fillings, broken teeth, and issues with wisdom teeth.
• Bego Medical GmbH
• Dentaco GmbH & Co. KG
• Dentaurum GmbH & Co. KG
Company: Dentaurum is a global, family-owned company celebrating its 130th year in business. Core proficiencies include implantology, orthodontics, and prosthetics. Dentarum's family roots extend to an ethical company culture focused on equal treatment, tolerance, and respect in everyday activities. It is also committed to preserving the environment for future generations.
Fast fact: The company partially merged with Ritter Dental Company of Rochester, New York, in 1924, to manufacture dental equipment. Ritter-Biber AG had 1,000 employees, but the economic fallout of the 1920s had a great effect, resulting in the sale of the equipment manufacturing division.
News: In April, Dentaurum Implants held an international dental conference in Berlin. More than 300 domestic and international guests participated in lectures and workshops on the latest state of dental implantology.
• Detax GmbH & Co. KG
• DMG Chemisch-Pharmazeutische Fabrik GmbH
Company: Based in Hamburg, the company was founded in 1963 under the name Dental Material Gesellschaft (Dental Material Company). Key product areas include prevention, caries infiltration, impression materials, temporary care, and restorations.
Fast fact: Currently, 20% of the company's approximate 300 employees work in its research and product development division.
News: The highly regarded Cochrane Collaboration gave a favorable review to DMG's Icon, a caries infiltration product. In the Cochrane Review, caries infiltration was found to be a sufficient microinvasive treatment option, and clinical success rates were comparable to those of the long-established sealants. This kind of infiltration may be more effective than sealing with resin.
• Dr. Jean Bausch GmbH & Co. KG
• Dentrade e.K.
• Dr. Walser Dental GmbH
• Eisenbacher Dentalwaren ED GmbH
• Willmann & Pein GmbH
• Hager & Meisinger GmbH
Company: This international, family-owned business is based in the Rhine-Ruhr region of Germany. It has a wide product and instrument line, employs 350 people, and has a subsidiary in the United States, which was established in 2001.
Fast fact: In 1888, Artur Meisinger founded the company in Düsseldorf under the name Deutsch-Amerikanische Zahnbohrerfabrik (German-American Dental Drill Factory). The company's steel drills were originally handmade, hardened on Bunsen burners, and quenched in raw potatoes.
News: The company continues to add dealers worldwide, including the recent addition of Russian partner Pharmgeocom. To meet increased demand, Meisinger broke ground on expanded manufacturing facilities last year.
• Harvard Dental International GmbH
• Helmut Zepf Medizintechnik GmbH
Company: Founded in 1921, Helmut Zepf has maintained its reputation as a highly innovative dental and medical instrument maker for nearly 100 years.
Fast fact: The company is located in Tuttlingen, one of the world's best regions for producing medical instruments. Helmut Zepf currently has dealers in 60 countries.
• Heraeus Kulzer GmbH
• Hoffmann Dental Manufaktur GmbH
• Croixture Berlin Fashion Group GmbH
• Kettenbach LP
• Kohdent Roland Kohler Medizintechnik GmbH & Co. KG
Company: This dental instrument maker is small but mighty. It is only 30 years old and employs just over 80 people, but it exports 85% of the 4,000 dental instruments in its portfolio to more than 80 countries.
• Megadenta Dentalprodukte GmbH
• Mega-Physik GmbH & Co. KG
• Müller-Omicron GmbH & Co. KG
• Otto Leibinger GmbH
• Pritidenta GmbH
• S+C Polymer Silicon - und Composite-Sepezialitäten GmbH
• Schick GmbH
Company: This 50-year-old company manufactures micromotors, workbench systems, laboratory turbines, model production products, milling machines, conditioning sets, and DesignWax.
News: The company just started a YouTube channel. Check it out to see the products in action.
• Shera Werkstoff Technologie GmbH & Co. KG
Company: Founded in 1983 and located in Lemfoerde, Shera produces stones and plasters, investments, silicone putties, duplicating materials, alloys, and digital products. The company exports worldwide to 70 countries.
Fast fact: The company uses 12,500 kilograms (nearly 14 tons) of stone a day.
News: The SheraPrint 3-D printing line continues to develop after its debut at IDS 2015. The SheraEco-Print is setting new speed records for dental: Depending on the material used, it can produce up to 50 millimeters in height in one hour. You can see a video here.
• Speiko- Dr. Speier GmbH
• Steco-System-Technik GmbH & Co. KG
• Vita Zahnfabrik H. Rauter GmbH & Co. KG
Company: Vita Zahnfabrik is a force in the prosthetics market with users in over 150 countries. More than 700 employees in 20 countries perform research and production work for the company.
Fast fact: Last year the company released the Vita YZ system for zirconium oxide restorations.
• Voco GmbH
Company: Voco has taken off since its founding as a family-owned company in 1981. It moved into its headquarters in Cuxhaven in 1992, which has grown through expansion to 30,000 square meters (approximately seven acres).
News: In April, at the Polish trade show Krakdent 2016, Voco's Admira Fusion was voted the top innovation and dental material of the year by a panel of judges. Admira Fusion is the world's first purely ceramic-based universal restorative material, which uses silicon oxide as the chemical base for the fillers as well as the resin matrix.