Wonju Medical Industry Technovalley (Director Kwang-soo Kim, hereinafter referred to as ‘Technovalley’) held the ’18th Gangwon Medical Equipment Exhibition (GMES 2022)’ at the permanent exhibition hall of the Medical Equipment General Support Center located in Wonju Enterprise City Corporation on Thursday, September 22nd, which was held offline for the first time in three years.
Gangwon Medical Equipment Show held until the 23rd (Fri), was co-hosted by Gangwon-do and Wonju-si, and co-supervised by Wonju Medical Industry Technovalley (Director Kwang-soo Kim), KOTRA Gangwon Regional Headquarters (Director Sang-young Hong), Korea Industrial Complex Corporation Gangwon Regional Headquarters (Director Oh-Sung Kwon) and focuses on the development of the domestic medical equipment industry and pioneering the company’s market.
A total of 90 outstanding Korean companies and 7 related organizations from Gangwon-do in medical and healthcare equipment field participated in the exhibition, with a total of 120 booths. In addition, they invited about 180 overseas buyers and held export consultations on site through company-buyer 1:1 pre-matching, providing practical business opportunities.
Gangwon Medical Equipment Show has been converted to an online exhibition since the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite concerns about the re-spread of COVID-19, the event was boldly planned offline to provide effective exhibition and marketing opportunities to domestic medical equipment companies this year.
Gangwon Medical Equipment Show, held offline for the first time in three years, showed a high participation rate for both participating companies and buyers despite difficult conditions such as high inflation, airfare increases compared to 2019, and concerns about the re-spread of COVID-19.
In addition, based on two years of experience and know-how in online exhibitions, they prepared live broadcasts on the exhibition site and online export consultations for continuous exhibition and corporate promotion with buyers who are difficult to enter due to their schedules.
During the exhibition period, the Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service, a public institution relocated to Wonju Innovation City, promotes company-tailored insurance consulting, and Korea Veterans Health Service provides public procurement consulting, and various side events such as mutual understanding workshop inviting medical specialist hosted by medical equipment mini-cluster from Korea Industrial Complex Corporation, and Gangwon Technopark’s investment conference were prepared.
An official from Wonju-si, Gangwon-do said, “We have accumulated online know-how due to COVID-19 over the past two years. 18th Gangwon Medical Equipment Show is more meaningful as a new concept exhibition of on-off hybrid method.”
Kwang-soo Kim, director of Technovalley, said, “Despite concerns about the re-spread of COVID-19, we will prepare a more thorough preparation to create a business field that actually connects exports as expectations for the event held offline for the first time in three years are high.”
Meanwhile, at GMES 2022 co-hosted by Gangwon-do and Wonju-si and co-supervised by Wonju Medical Industry Technovalley (WMIT), KOTRA (Gangwon Support Group), and Korea Industrial Complex Corporation (Gangwon Regional Headquarters) exhibited and introduced △Diagnostic equipment △Image diagnosis equipment △Surgery-related equipment △Rehabilitation treatment equipment △Skin care equipment △Medical consumables △Dental supplies △Treatment-related equipment △Health care equipment. In addition, during the exhibition period, export consultations were held by the Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service and the Korea Veterans Health, and also a digital health care experience zone was prepared.