02.02.2018 Medical industry to showcase its innovations at IFAS 2018

Medical industry to showcase its innovations at IFAS 2018

IFAS 2018, the trade fair for the healthcare market, will be presenting the latest products, innovative services and trends at Messe Zürich from 23 to 26 October 2018. Preparations are successfully under way, with more than 100 exhibitors already registered. This year is set to see an innovation platform being introduced for the first time. The event will also be playing host to CareFair, the Swiss careers fair for healthcare professions, for the second time following its debut in 2016.

The healthcare and medical technology industries are highly innovative sectors, which launch countless new products and services every year. IFAS provides healthcare professionals with a unique opportunity to discover all these innovations and to gather information to help them make their investment decisions. The trade fair therefore attracts decision-makers from hospitals, providers of care services and medical practices.

Aside from the innovations on show, IFAS also offers interesting opportunities for networking. “In spite of digital communication, the chance to build contacts and talk face-to-face remains extremely important for companies and clients,” says Show Director Heinz Salzgeber.

Off to a successful start
Preparations for the 2018 event have got off to a successful start: “We are once again expecting
around 400 exhibitors,” says a delighted Salzgeber. “The fact that more than 25 % have already
registered before the end of January is a very positive sign.” Having made a strong debut in 2016, CareFair, the Swiss careers fair for healthcare professions, is once again being run in parallel with the trade fair. “It is a valuable addition to IFAS,” says Salzgeber. “This partnership means we can offer visitors significant added value and make the most of synergies.” The trade fair also plays an instrumental role in combating the shortage of skilled labour in the healthcare industry.


CareFair offers aspiring and established healthcare professionals a chance to find out about
individual employers at first hand. The trade fair also gives the exhibiting institutions and companies an excellent opportunity to advertise what makes them attractive employers and to recruit new staff on the spot. CareFair has also got off to a promising start, having already attracted numerous registrations from prestigious hospitals, clinics and care homes.

Innovations, special exhibition and forum
The well-established special exhibition on “Hospitality in Healthcare” will be taking place for the fifth time in 2018, showcasing innovative, multifunctional and cost-effective products. The exhibition is being redesigned by its founder Gabriela La Rocca and this year its focus will be on quality of life in old age. As on previous occasions, the IFAS Forum will host events on current topics of practical relevance, featuring high-calibre speakers. The programme will be published in the summer. There are also plans for a special platform for new developments and innovations.

Industry associations demonstrate the significance of IFAS
The relevance of the trade fair to the industry is also highlighted by its cooperation partners. In 2018, these once again include the most important industry associations in Switzerland: Swiss Medtech (Swiss Medical Technology Association), FMH Services (Independent Service Organisation of Doctors Practising in Switzerland), VSFM (Association of Swiss Companies for Medical Informatics), ehealth (interest group on promoting eHealth and encouraging dialogue amongst stakeholders), H+ (The Hospitals of Switzerland – an association of hospitals, clinics and care homes), SATMeH (Swiss Association for Telemedicine & eHealth) and fmCh (Foederatio Medicorum Chirurgicorum Helvetica – Association of Professional Societies in the Field of Surgical and Invasive Procedures).

An overview of IFAS

Number of exhibitors:


Specialist areas:

Medical technology, diagnostics, rehabilitation, nursing, consumer goods, information technology, organisation/equipment
CareFair - careers fair for healthcare professions – Halls 1 & 2


Messe Zürich, Halls 1–7


23–26 October 2018




Exhibit & More Ltd., CH-8117 Fällanden

For more information, contact:
Lea Maurer

Head of Communications

Exhibit & More Ltd.

Telephone: +41 (0)44 806 33 45

E-mail: lea.maurer@exhibit.ch


Heinz Salzgeber
IFAS Show Director
Exhibit & More Ltd.
Telephone: +41 (0)44 806 33 37
E-mail: heinz.salzgeber@exhibit.ch