There was general satisfaction with the event, which attracted 7.6% more visitors than the previous edition, with 22,336 professionals
The demand recognised the efforts of the fair's exhibitors to bring their most competitive offerings to EXPODENTAL, and this was reflected in the attendance of 22,336 visitors with top professional profiles. This figure was 7.6% higher than the previous edition, when 20,757 professionals attended. Of the total, 5.7% were foreign, from 59 countries, with Portuguese, Italian and German visitors dominating.
There were also more direct exhibitors, 284, about 10.5% more than the last edition held two years ago. It is especially interesting to see the increased participation of foreign companies, as EXPODENTAL 2012 had 31.2% more exhibiting companies from outside Spain than in the 2010 edition, bringing together companies of 16 nationalities, with particularly strong representation for Italy, Germany and France. This increase in foreign participation confirms the importance of the Salon as a benchmark, the Spanish sector, as well as for the international market, especially in Europe.
Satisfaction and good impressions
The Organisation of the event was very pleased with the good impressions reported by some of the exhibitors, professionals who also expressed their satisfaction with one of the new initiatives introduced for the 2012 fair: the Speakers’ Corners, spaces designed for presenting and explaining the latest advances and products developed by the companies, which reached a professional and highly qualified audience.
Another new feature this year, Students' Day, was also extremely warmly received. Thanks to this initiative, on 23 February, coinciding with the inaugural day of the Fair, 4th and 5th year dentistry students had the opportunity to explore in person the professional sector they are soon to join. To encourage their visits, transport was provided from some Spanish Regions, and students were welcomed from Granada, Salamanca, Seville, Murcia, Valencia, Bilbao and others, as well as from the faculties of Madrid.
To summarise, for three days EXPODENTAL has been a forum where professionals, as well as seeing the most competitive products from all segments of the industry, could find out the latest trends and exchange opinions on current matters of interest in a sector which in Spain alone comprises more than 300 companies, employs around 3,000 people, and has a turnover of some 500 million euros.