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2022-06-25
REHAB as a market of opportunities for inclusion and participation
Messe Karlsruhe / Behrendt und Rausch

At long last, live and in person again! The 21st edition of the Trade Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy, Care and Inclusion (REHAB) came to a successful close today at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. On a total of 35,000 square metres, approximately 350 exhibitors from 18 countries presented their new rehabilitation, orthopaedic and medical technology products as well as innovations for care and therapy. From 23 to 25 June 2022, REHAB Karlsruhe was a showcase for the aids industry and, at the same time, a lively location to experience participation and inclusion in practice. Around 12,000 professional and private visitors contributed to the lively activity and the satisfaction of exhibitors at the barrier-free exhibition halls in Karlsruhe.

“Particularly the topics of participation and inclusion, which are anchored in the strategy of the city of Karlsruhe as a city of law and democracy, are granted undivided attention here at REHAB. With REHAB, Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre provides valuable impetus for improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. I am very pleased that with REHAB here in the technology region of Karlsruhe, we are able to provide an international marketplace for ideas, technology and research for better quality of life”, summarises Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

The essential interplay between rehabilitation and inclusion was emphasised at REHAB by patron Jürgen Dusel, Federal Commissioner for the Interests of People with Disabilities: “Rehabilitation and inclusion complement each other and good rehabilitation is often a precondition for successful inclusion. That is why rehabilitation must not be an ‘economy model’. REHAB shows how important it is to constantly strive for the highest level of research and development, with the resulting high-quality products and aids.”

Messe Karlsruhe / Behrendt und Rausch

An appealing mix of professional and private visitors

REHAB earned high praise from exhibitors, who welcomed a large proportion of trade visitors (61%), while simultaneously making valuable contacts with retail customers. “We reached our target groups at REHAB: dealers from Germany as well as private and international interested parties. The atmosphere here is very good, there is always plenty going on,” says Jan Frank from the management of HOGGI, a manufacturer specialising in children’s aids.

Letícia Voland Aguilar, Marketing Manager at Sunrise Medical, adds: “At our stand, we welcomed a large number of visitors, who included specialised dealers, therapists and health insurance companies, as well as retail users. The visitors are very curious about the new products. They want to try out the products and they often linger at our stand, which makes us even happier. We are very satisfied.”

The overall concept of REHAB earned top ratings

REHAB’s excellent reputation is also reflected in the findings of the visitor survey. Overall, 92% of the visitors gave top marks to their visit at the fair. “At the invitation of my medical supply store, I found a care buggy for my twins at REHAB a few years ago. This year, too, I was more than satisfied with my visit. The exhibitors are friendly, they take time to give advice, and I took some great things and ideas home with me. I would be happy to return to the next REHAB”, said one satisfied visitor.

REHAB remains a must-attend event for exhibitors who want to reach visitors from Germany and neighbouring countries. The bundling of themes with the tried-and-tested marketplace concept was again very well received by all participants, who gave it top marks. Marco Hessler, Sales & Marketing Manager at Wolturnus, says: “REHAB is a very important trade fair for us. We meet many therapists, retailers, and families here. REHAB has evolved significantly over the past few years in terms of its visitor structure and marketing concept. The marketplaces offer a valuable complement to the exhibition of products. We will surely return to exhibit here again next year.”

Messe Karlsruhe / Behrendt und Rausch

The CON.THERA trade congress celebrated a convincing premiere

The CON.THERA trade congress for interdisciplinary continuing education in the field of neurorehabilitation was held for the first time parallel to REHAB. Already at its premiere, the congress featured first-rate speakers and attracted approximately 150 experts. Freelance and permanently employed physiotherapists, occupational therapists and sports therapists, speech therapists, physicians, and rehabilitation and orthopaedic technicians underwent interdisciplinary training designed to promote interconnections among the various professional groups involved in therapeutic care. The focus was on the holistic, evidence-based observation and treatment of the consequences of illnesses. The renowned Lamprecht NEURO-Fobis team was responsible for the content. The physiotherapist Jakube Drame sums up his visit to the congress: “I really like the diverse perspectives of the individual disciplines. I especially appreciated the opportunity to share practical know-how with fellow participants. I will definitely be here again next year.”

REHAB is a successful meeting place for the community and celebrities

The guests at this year’s REHAB included the actor and author Samuel Koch, the multiple Olympic champion and exceptional athlete Kristina Vogel, the Austrian wheelchair tennis champion Tina Pesendorfer, and the motivational speaker, slammer and mobility ambassador Janis McDavid. As brand ambassadors, they and their fellow presenters showed how aids can promote and enable participation and independence. The presenters also motivated numerous visitors by showing the immense positive strength that they bring to their personal life situations. “REHAB proved once again how important it is to experience personal interdisciplinary exchange and to try out new assistive devices, to become more familiar with them and to test them. After an unavoidable three-year break, we are very happy about the many positive comments that we received from our customers. With next year’s event, we will be returning to our traditional biennial cycle, which is welcomed by our community. We are already looking forward to the reunion in June 2023”, summarises project manager Annika Gehrmeyer.

Numerous industry giants such as Otto Bock, Paravan and Handi-Move have already confirmed their stand reservations for 2023. The next REHAB will take place at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 15 to 17 June 2023.

2022-06-23
Jürgen Dusel opens REHAB Karlsruhe 2022
Credit: Messe Karlsruhe / Behrendt und Rausch

Karlsruhe, 23 June 2022 - The 21st European Trade Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy, Care and Inclusion (REHAB) was opened today, 23 June 2022, by Jürgen Dusel, Federal Government Commissioner for the Interests of People with Disabilities, Gabriele Luczak-Schwarz, First Mayor of the City of Karlsruhe, Simone Fischer, Commissioner of the State Government of Baden-Württemberg for the Interests of People with Disabilities and Trade Fair Director Britta Wirtz (from left to right) at Messe Karlsruhe.

"For me, good rehabilitation is essential for inclusion. The right aid can be decisive for being able to exercise the right to participation - including democratic participation. And especially when it comes to children and young people, it becomes clear how important good and custom-fit aids are for inclusion - because here they may set the course for the entire further course of life," clarifies Jürgen Dusel in his opening speech.

For three days, the latest aids, innovations in care, orthopaedic and rehabilitation technology will be presented live on a total of 35,000 square metres by around 350 exhibitors from 18 countries at REHAB Karlsruhe. The trade fair becomes a lively exchange platform for professionals and people with disabilities. Since 1980, REHAB has been one of the most important trade fairs for the topics of rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion. Professionals from all over Germany and neighbouring countries come to REHAB to find out about the latest trends in rehabilitation technology, innovations in the aids industry and new therapy options, and to receive interdisciplinary training.

Further information at www.rehab-karlsruhe.com and www.messe-karlsruhe.de/safe-expo.

2022-03-14
REHAB returns at last: Looking forward to the industry’s reunion in Karlsruhe

  • Extensive market representation and a high proportion of manufacturers on site
  • Rehab professionals and community benefit from thematic marketplace concept
  • Product tests and personal sharing in the foreground

Share interdisciplinary expertise, meet colleagues, and get to know new products, innovations, ideas and approaches to solutions for one’s own needs: there are many reasons to look forward to REHAB. After a three-year intermission due to the coronavirus, the industry will meet again at the 21st Trade Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy, Care and Inclusion from 23 to 25 June 2022 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. The organizers expect to welcome circa 350 exhibiting companies, institutions and service providers from approximately fifteen countries, with Germany and neighbouring European countries contributing the lion’s share. The newly launched CON.THERA therapists’ congress will take place at the same time. Jürgen Dusel, the German federal government’s Commissioner for the Interests of People with Disabilities, will be present as patron at the fair’s opening. Further information and tickets are available at www.rehab-karlsruhe.com.

“Feedback from exhibitors and visitors clearly reflects a strong desire to see one another again. Rehab professionals as well as people with disabilities and their relatives are looking forward to this opportunity to find out live about new trends and developments. Everyone is eagerly awaiting this chance to share ideas on site and in person again. Anticipation for REHAB is tremendous”, Project Manager Annika Gehrmeyer reports.

Wide range of themes and high proportion of manufacturers

 Finally, trade fair again: The anticipation for REHAB 2022 is great. Credit: Messe Karlsruhe / Behrendt und Rausch
Finally, trade fair again: The anticipation for REHAB 2022 is great. Credit: Messe Karlsruhe / Behrendt und Rausch

For the first time, REHAB’s extensive area will cover three exhibition halls, the Action Hall, the Atrium and the outdoor space with a spacious catering area – a total of approximately 40,000 barrier-free square metres. Due to the pandemic, fewer exhibitors are expected than in 2019, but the entire product range will nonetheless be represented. From start-ups to market leaders, the participants on site in Karlsruhe will include manufacturers, dealers, service providers and associations. Industry giants such as Humanelektronik, Meyra, Paravan, Permobil and Wellspect HealthCare will present their latest developments in rehabilitation, orthopaedic and medical technology. Product premieres as well as numerous innovations and further developments are expected. The background for this strong participation is twofold: a high proportion of manufacturers (circa 50 percent) and the fact that no trade fairs for this industry have taken place during the past two years.

Marketplaces offer an overview of relevant themes

 REHAB 2022 will be held for the first time in three exhibition halls plus an outdoor area in the atrium. Credit: Messe Karlsruhe / Behrendt und Rausch
REHAB 2022 will be held for the first time in three exhibition halls plus an outdoor area in the atrium. Credit: Messe Karlsruhe / Behrendt und Rausch

Eleven thematic marketplaces bring together experts and the community depending on their specific interests. For example, the Mobility and Everyday Aids Marketplace covers the entire spectrum from wheelchairs and walking aids, through orthopaedic aids and communication aids, to transfer and lifting aids and exoskeletons. REHAB Karlsruhe is the first port of call for many trade and private visitors, especially for people who are interested in high-quality mobility aids and children’s aids manufactured in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.

Live product tests and personal sharing in the foreground

Visitors will again have opportunities to obtain information directly from manufacturers and specialized dealers, to compare products, and to find advice tailored to meet their individual needs. The ability to test the aids on site is particularly helpful: on a test course covering approximately 3,000 square metres, users can determine whether a wheelchair, a mobility device or even an automobile meets their individual needs and satisfies their personal requirements.

In addition, experts will shed light on overarching topics and trends in the assistive technology sector. These lectures, workshops and product presentations focus on topics such as child and youth rehabilitation, out-of-hospital intensive care, and legal framework conditions. Numerous self-help organisations will likewise be represented on site.

Also new: the joint stand of DATEurope (the European Industry Association for Digital Assistive Technology) and the Peer Congress of the FGQ – Fördergemeinschaft der Querschnittgelähmten e.V. (Support Association for Paraplegics). Here too, the focus will be on personalized advice and networking.

New added value for trade visitors: CON.THERA

CON.THERA, an interdisciplinary congress for therapists, provides special added value for trade visitors. Developed in close cooperation with the Lamprecht NEURO-Fobis team, CON.THERA will take place in parallel with REHAB for the first time. The programme of this interdisciplinary congress focuses on neurorehabilitation for therapists in all disciplines. The CON.THERA congress features top-class speakers and is divided into five thematic blocks. Tickets are available via the online shop.

About REHAB Karlsruhe

REHAB has ranked among the leading trade fairs for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion since 1980. This biennial fair has established itself as the most important platform for high-quality mobility assistance and children’s aids manufactured in Germany and other European countries. Professionals from throughout Germany and neighbouring countries have traditionally used REHAB to learn about current trends in rehabilitation technology, innovations in the assistive technology industry and new therapy options, as well as to take advantage of continuing education opportunities. As a platform for sharing among manufacturers, specialized dealers, therapists, physicians, professional caregivers, service providers and associations, as well as people with disabilities and their relatives, REHAB is a firmly established event in the industry's calendar. The 21st REHAB – European Trade Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy, Care and Inclusion will take place from 23 to 25 June 2022 at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre.

REHAB Karlsruhe will be staged in conformity with an officially approved hygiene concept and in compliance with the protective measures specified by the Coronavirus Ordinance applicable to the trade fair. Detailed and continuously updated information is available at: www.messe-karlsruhe.de/safe-expo

2022-02-07
DATEurope – Meeting point at REHAB

DATEurope (the Digital Assistive Technology Industry Association), founded in 2021 as a new European industry umbrella association, will present itself for the first time at REHAB 2022. The joint stand will be a "meeting point" for all interested parties; from users to payers, all visitors are to benefit from the knowledge transfer between the various companies. REHAB Karlsruhe will take place from June 23 to 25, 2022, at the barrier-free Messe Karlsruhe. Tickets and further information are available at www.rehab-karlsruhe.com.

The planned joint stand in Hall 3 aims to unite hardware and software, electronics experts as well as therapists from various disciplines. They will answer and inform visitors about topics such as digital aids. Technology to touch, try out and marvel at will be just as much a part of the event as the personal exchange between experts and users of these technologies.

Christoph Jo Müller, co-president, and a recognized expert on the German and international assistive technology market for more than 30 years, believes it is important to increase visibility for European technology and the innovative power that is anchored in Europe. "When it comes to digital developments, everyone immediately thinks of the US. It's not just linked to the well-known corporations, even in our small aids industry, the perception of technology is American."

"That's why," adds board member Gamal Halaga, "we are quite proud to have immediately attracted 45 European members from 19 countries to DATEurope. These are manufacturers and service providers, as well as distributors of digital assistance solutions ranging from eye control to communications to complex environment control systems." For more information on DATEurope, visit www.dateurope.com.

About REHAB Karlsruhe

Founded in 1980, REHAB Karlsruhe ranks among the world’s most significant trade fairs for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion. This biennial fair has established itself as the most important platform for high-quality mobility aids and children’s aid resources from Germany and elsewhere in Europe. Specialists from throughout Germany and neighbouring countries have traditionally come to REHAB to learn about current trends in rehabilitative technology, innovations in the assistive technology industry, new therapeutic options and further training opportunities.

As a platform for exchange among manufacturers, specialist dealers, therapists, doctors, care professionals, service providers, associations, people with disabilities and their relatives, REHAB is a firmly established gathering on the industry’s calendar of events. The 21st REHAB – European Trade Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy, Care and Inclusion will take place at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 23 to 25 June 2022. For further information, please visit www.rehab-karlsruhe.com.

REHAB Karlsruhe is organized under an officially approved hygiene concept and in compliance with the protective measures of the coronavirus-containment ordinance applicable to the trade fair. Detailed and regularly updated information is available at www.messe-karlsruhe.de/de/umgang-mit-dem-coronavirus.html.

2022-01-17
CON.THERA: REHAB trade fair augments its scope with an interdisciplinary congress for therapists
CON.THERA Interdisciplinary Conference for Therapists
CON.THERA Interdisciplinary Conference for Therapists

During REHAB 2022, Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre will collaborate with the team from Lamprecht NEURO-Fobis and with specialists in advanced training for neurological and geriatric rehabilitation to offer for the first time an interdisciplinary congress programme for self-employed physiotherapists, sports and occupational therapists, therapists employed in clinics and rehabilitation facilities, speech therapists, and rehabilitation and orthopaedic technicians. Neurorehabilitation is the focus of this advanced training programme, which will take place simultaneously with REHAB at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 23 to 25 June 2022. The congress focuses in particular on rehabilitation after a diagnosis of stroke, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease as well as on therapeutic options for apraxia, neuromuscular diseases and geriatrics. “With our new interdisciplinary therapists’ congress CON.THERA, we are pleased to initiate an extremely versatile and professionally rigorous advanced training programme with outstanding speakers. CON.THERA excellently complements our recognized and thematically wide-ranging trade fair for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion, thus offering another unique added value for our trade visitors”, explains Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre’s Managing Director Britta Wirtz.

Eminent experts will participate in CON.THERA

Professor Dr Andrés Ceballos-Baumann
Professor Dr Andrés Ceballos-Baumann

Among the numerous specialists who have confirmed their intention to speak at the congress are recognized experts such as Professor Dr Albert Ludolph, Medical Director of the Clinic for Neurology at the University and Rehabilitation Clinics in Ulm, Professor Dr Thomas Platz, Medical Director of Research at the Institute for Neurorehabilitation and Evidence-Based Medicine (affiliated institute of the University of Greifswald) at the BDH Clinic in Greifswald, and PD Dr Rüdiger Rupp, Head of the Experimental Neurorehabilitation Section at the University Hospital in Heidelberg. Professor Dr Andrés Ceballos-Baumann will speak on activating therapy for Parkinson’s disease: “Activating therapies such as physiotherapy, logotherapy and occupational therapy are now equivalent to Parkinson’s medication in the highest level of recommendation and evidence in Parkinson's treatment. Unfortunately, however, far too few patients have been treated with such evidence-based methods thus far.” Professor Dr Joachim Liepert, who will discuss prognostic indicators and indications for the most appropriate therapeutic procedure in his lecture on “Predictors for the recovery of arm function after stroke”, sees great advantages in the combination of a trade fair and a congress for specialists: “The combination of a practice- and product-oriented trade fair and a scientific programme addressing the current state of knowledge for diverse aspects of rehabilitation is informative and profitable for the participants. The large number of exhibitors promises an excellent overview of established and innovative products.” Sabine and Hans Lamprecht from the Lamprecht NEURO-Fobis team, who collaborated with their colleagues to develop CON.THERA’s content programme, explain: “We have succeeded in lining up a first-rate programme and we are delighted that so many well-known experts spontaneously accepted our invitation. Their presence will help to make CON.THERA a genuine highlight for therapists from all professional groups. Our cooperation with Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre is a perfect symbiosis. We look forward to exciting days at the trade fair and to a congress that will be well worth a visit.”

Professor Dr Joachim Liepert
Professor Dr Joachim Liepert

Combine the acquisition of continuing education points with a visit to the trade fair

The CON.THERA specialist congress begins at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre on the afternoon of 23 June and ends on the evening of 25 June 2022. The top-class programme of specialists’ lectures is divided into five thematic blocks, which can also be booked individually. Four continuing education points can be requested for attendance at each lecture. Between the thematic blocks and during breaks, visitors will have opportunities to gain a comprehensive overview of the market and to find out about new products on the market for aids, innovative therapy and training equipment at REHAB. For further information on the programme and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.rehab-karlsruhe.com/conthera.

CON.THERA at REHAB Karlsruhe

REHAB Karlsruhe is organized under an officially approved hygiene concept and in compliance with the protective measures of the coronavirus-containment ordinance applicable to the trade fair. Detailed and regularly updated information is available at www.messe-karlsruhe.de/de/umgang-mit-dem-coronavirus.html.

2021-09-23
REHAB Innovations Centre ONLINE presents innovative products for mobility and everyday assistance

As a platform for sharing among manufacturers, specialized dealers, therapists, medical and caregiving professionals, service providers and associations, as well as people with disabilities and their relatives, REHAB (23-25 June 2022) is firmly anchored as a biennial event in the industry’s diary. The fair has established itself as the most important platform for high-quality mobility aids and children’s aids made by manufacturers in Germany and other European countries.

To bridge the waiting time until the upcoming on-site event, the continually updated REHAB ONLINE Innovations Centre presents the latest products from REHAB’s exhibitors. One focus is on solutions for people with limited mobility. Personal and self-determined mobility is an essential prerequisite for social participation. It accordingly enables people with disabilities to lead self-determined lives and contributes to their personal and social development. The following paragraphs present a selection of innovative products that will be on display at REHAB 2022.

Wheelchair accessories extend the scope of activity

P+L Innovations presents Trivida, the world’s first wheel that enables maximum accessibility and the user’s change of position out of and into the wheelchair. By removing the upper segment of the wheel, lateral transfer from the wheelchair to an external seating surface and vice versa are possible. This significantly reduces the physical strain on patients, their relatives and caregivers.

The e-motion DuoDrive from the Alber company enables wheelchair users to cover longer distances without having to manually push the hand rim. In addition to the familiar residual power assistance, the wireless control unit can also activate and control a permanent driving function as a second operating mode. Similar to cruise control, the wheelchair maintains its speed – even on upgrades as steep as 10%. This means that the wheelchair has two drive modes, which the user can switch between whenever desired or required.

Tetra Equipment likewise presents an innovative product: the Loopwheel for wheelchairs. These shock-absorbent wheels have carbon springs and specially developed hubs to absorb vibrations and shocks, thus making it easier for the wheelchair to overcome thresholds, uneven surfaces and kerbs, while simultaneously reducing pain, spasticity and fatigue for users and their aides.

The new Empulse F55 wheelchair hoist from Sunrise Medica combines high performance and a pleasurable ride. The angle and height are continuously adjustable so weight to be shifted onto the front wheel, thus increasing traction and manoeuvrability. The traction device is compatible with many rigid-frame and foldable wheelchairs, thus reducing the burden on the joints of the arms and shoulders.

Automotive solutions for every need

Greater safety for children in road traffic is assured by HERNIK company’s new IPAI LGT child seat, which includes thorax pads and a five-point harness as standard equipment. To facilitate individual modifications, the HERNIK also offers various accessories such as an abduction wedge, seat angle adjustment, and a support and safety pad.

PARAVAN’s VW T6.1 Extended lowers the vehicle’s floor from the A-pillar to the C-pillar to provide a flexible mobility solution for self-drivers and passengers in wheelchairs. Thanks to the optimized entry height, even tall people can easily enter the vehicle’s interior. The handicapped-accessible conversions to the vehicle allow the driver’s seat and the front passenger’s seat to be interchanged so the latter can be locked into position behind the steering wheel and used as the driver’s seat.

MobiTEC presents its new VW Caddy Maxi in REHAB’S ONLINE Innovations Centre. This lowered vehicle integrates many special solutions to facilitate safe and comfortable transportation. The lowered vehicle floor and the floor pan are highlights: both are almost entirely level, with very slight inclinations of just 2° and 1.5°, respectively.

New children's aids make everyday life easier

As a manufacturer of rehabilitation aids, Rehatec presents the Heidelberger Liegebär Lasse 2020 child-standing device, which is available in various sizes. Both vertically and horizontally adjustable in height, the device can be vertically lowered all the way to the floor by means of a pneumatic spring or electric motor. The backrest board is individually adjustable as well: its angle of inclination ranges from 0° to 90°. Twenty-two different frame colours and six different covers offer the option of individualized styling.

Among other highlights from its current portfolio, Schuchmann presents the “till” inclined lying board. This innovative board facilitates safe and comfortable transfers from a lying to a standing position. Various adjustment options allow individual adaptation to suit the unique shape of each child’s body. Thoracic and pelvic pads provide support and enable a stable standing position.

Volaris presents the Panthera Bambino 3 children’s wheelchair, which is suitable for children from 4 to 12 years of age. The new width adapter for the seat and the adjustable side guard can be readjusted to accommodate a growing child. Thanks to intelligent, easily removable push bars, this wheelchair can also be used without an accompanying person, thus facilitating autonomous mobility for children.

About REHAB Karlsruhe

REHAB has numbered among the leading trade fairs for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion since 1980. The biennial fair has established itself as the most important platform for high-quality mobility assistance and children’s aids manufactured in Germany and other European countries. Professionals from throughout Germany and neighbouring countries have traditionally used REHAB to learn about current trends in rehabilitation technology, innovations in the assistive technology industry and new therapy options, as well as to take advantage of continuing education opportunities. As a platform for sharing among manufacturers, specialized dealers, therapists, physicians, professional caregivers, service providers and associations, as well as people with disabilities and their relatives, REHAB is a firmly established event in the industry's calendar. For more information, visit www.rehab-karlsruhe.com and www.rehab-karlsruhe.com/innovationcenter.

2021-05-06
REHAB Trade Fair with New Online Offer
Innovation Centre ONLINE

Karlsruhe, 6 May 2021 As an alternative to the postponed face-to-face fair, starting today REHAB – European Trade Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy, Care and Inclusion will provide online information about products, innovations and companies of the assistive-technology industry.

The online exhibitor list, in which the so far registered exhibitors of REHAB 2022 present themselves, is available on the website punctually in time for the trade fair’s originally planned dates (6 - 8 May 2021). The fair’s Innovations Centre has likewise been digitalized to make it easier for professionals as well as people with disabilities and their relatives to find product innovations and developments. The Innovations Centre ONLINE presents products that were launched on the market in 2020 or 2021.

“The cancellation of face-to-face events poses particular challenges for our visitors and exhibitors. Our recent customer survey showed that, in particular, comparing products and finding or conveying information about innovations and suppliers currently has to be done online. That’s why we would like to support our exhibitors and visitors as a partner during this time with our online platform”, explains Annika Gehrmeyer, Project Manager of REHAB.

The online offer will be continually updated until the new REHAB date (23 - 25 June 2022). The offer can be used free of charge and without prior registration.

Online exhibitor list offers information on products and exhibitors

The online exhibitor list offers a compact overview of the thematically wide-ranging products and services available at REHAB and bundles information about the participating exhibitors. All exhibitors and products can also be found in the database via a convenient search-and-filter function.

In the individual entries, the companies introduce themselves with texts, flyers and fact sheets, and they present their products and services with videos, pictures and informative texts. Current dates such as upcoming training courses or product presentations and general company news can also be publicized on the list. For further information on the respective offer, the right contact person of the supplier is stored in the exhibitor profile and the contact details of the company are provided. In addition, the website and social-media channels are linked.

Innovations Centre ONLINE presents innovations on the assistive-technology market

New and further developed products launched in 2020 and 2021 are additionally listed in the clearly arranged Innovations Centre ONLINE. Beginning with a brief presentation of the product (including text, image and, in some cases, also video), users can continue from there to the online exhibitor directory, where they can find more detailed information.

Examples of the product innovations presented here include the Nano X, the latest active wheelchair with foldable function from MEYRA. “till”, Schuchmann’s height adjustable supine standing frame, adapts very precisely to the body’s shape thanks to various adjustment options and provides safety and weight transfer for children with special needs. Memocorby Systems introduces Memocorby, a digital tool for multi-sensory learning and memory training that can be used in speech and language therapies after stroke and traumatic brain injury, as well as for dementia patients and children who need speech therapy. Smith & Nephew presents the PICO 14 canister-free negative-pressure wound-therapy system, which helps wounds to close faster than standard dressings.

Further developed products include the “Delta Jogger” rehab buggy from the Danish children’s-assistance manufacturer Global Carehab and the PARAVAN VW T6.1 Extended, which has a vehicle floor lowered from the A to the C pillar. HomeBrace presents its special control system “MyEcc Pupil”, which enables its user to control a power wheelchair by detecting eye movements via a sensor on the frame of the eyeglasses, which are now even more individually adjustable thanks to three different temple lengths.

2021-01-26
Messe Karlsruhe postpones REHAB to 23-25 June 2022

Karlsruhe, 26 January 2021 – Persistently high incidence levels of the coronavirus, slower-than-hoped progress with the vaccination programme, and a target group with special needs for hygiene and protection against infection are the reasons why, after consultation with its partners and multipliers, Messe Karlsruhe has decided to reschedule REHAB – European Trade Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy, Care and Inclusion. The next REHAB will take place at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 23 to 25 June 2022.

“Our early decision to reschedule REHAB is in the best interest of everyone involved. Because now, four months before REHAB would have begun, our exhibitors and partners would have needed to begin making specific plans and investments for their participation in the event”, explains Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe. “This rescheduling should lead to an improvement in planning reliability. We have chosen a date in our calendar that is both suitable for REHAB in the competitive environment and acceptable for the industry.”

REHAB was originally scheduled to take place at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 6 to 8 May 2021.

About REHAB Karlsruhe

Since 1980 REHAB Karlsruhe has been one of the most important trade fairs for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion, and has established itself every two years as the most important platform for high-quality mobility aids and children’s aids from Germany and other European countries. Specialists from all over Germany and neighbouring countries traditionally use REHAB to learn about the latest trends in rehabilitation technology, innovations in the assistive aids industry and new therapeutic options as well as to take advantage of further training opportunities. As a platform for the sharing of information among manufacturers, specialized dealers, therapists, medical professionals, nursing staff, service providers, associations, people with disabilities and their carers, REHAB is a must-attend event on the industry’s calendar.

2020-12-02
Inclusion: In focus at REHAB

Karlsruhe, December 02, 2020 - On December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) will be celebrated. It aims to raise awareness for the concerns of people with disabilities and to strengthen the commitment to their rights. But even more than ten years after the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to ensure the equal participation of people with disabilities in all areas of life, came into force in 2009, there is still much to be done in the area of inclusion. The need for action in the school sector, for example, is demonstrated by a study published in November 2020 by the Verband Bildung und Erziehung (Association for Education), in which 45 percent of teachers in Germany state that their school is not barrier-free at all. 56 percent of the 2,127 teachers surveyed believe that inclusive teaching makes sense in principle, but only 27 percent believe that joint school attendance is currently feasible in practice.

Inclusive sports activities at REHAB

At REHAB 2021, which will take place from May 6 to 8 at the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre, the topic of inclusion will be examined with regard to various fields of social action: from the promotion and care of children and young people to training and further education, jobs and cultural participation. At the inclusive sports complex, people with and without disabilities can try out various inclusive sports activities together and train with professionals. The exhibitors offer products and services that increase independence and enable participation.

Consultation at REHAB

For the first time, local, successful inclusion projects will be honored at REHAB 2021: On May 7 at the trade fair, the city of Karlsruhe will award the Karlsruher Inklusionspreis (Karlsruhe Inclusion Prize) to individuals, companies and associations that are committed to reducing disadvantages for people with disabilities or handicaps and overcoming prejudices. "As a European trade fair for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion, REHAB has always been a platform for the presentation of successful inclusion projects and thus offers the ideal framework for the recognition of exemplary inclusion. The Karlsruher Inklusionspreis (Karlsruhe Inclusion Prize) clearly shows how many Karlsruhe citizens and institutions are committed to helping people with disabilities. Their successful projects as well as the city's commitment to an inclusive society will be made visible to a broad public by the awarding of the prize at REHAB," explains Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.

Dealing with COVID-19 at the REHAB Karlsruhe

Due to the dynamic situation of the pandemic, it is not yet possible to make any final statements as to which concrete hygiene and distance rules will apply to the safety of visitors and exhibitors at REHAB 2021. Messe Karlsruhe is taking a proactive approach to the issue and observing the course of the pandemic, supported by a medical expert committee headed by Prof. Dr. Martin Hansis, former medical director of the Karlsruhe Municipal Hospital and former member of the hygiene commission at the Robert Koch Institute, and Mr. Frank Eckardt, German Red Cross District Association Karlsruhe e.V., in order to jointly define the necessary safety and hygiene standards. "One thing is certain: we will do everything in our power to ensure the protection of everyone involved by means of a sophisticated safety and hygiene concept that meets the highest standards. Trade fairs that have already taken place throughout Germany are proof that the concepts work," reports Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.

2020-03-16
REHAB Trade Fair Will Be Held in Three Exhibition Halls

Karlsruhe, 16 March 2020 – The barrier-free exhibition grounds of Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre will be the venue for the 21st REHAB – European Trade Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy, Care and Inclusion from 6 to 8 May 2021. Expenditures in the healthcare system are constantly increasing and the market for aids and medical appliances continues to grow. Trends such as digitization and the overall ageing of society are heightening the demand for the products and services presented at REHAB. Particularly as a result of strong demand from its exhibitors, REHAB 2021 will offer stand space in a third hall for the first time. “The high quality of this trade fair and its visitors assure REHAB’s ongoing growth. We continue to place great importance on optimal distribution of exhibitors in the halls and on the fair’s unique atmosphere. We are pleased to be able to do justice to the fair’s excellent development and to promote its further evolution by opening a third hall in 2021”, explains REHAB’s Project Manager Annika Gehrmeyer. By expanding the exhibition area into three halls rather than the previous two, even more space will be available to present innovations and to promote interdisciplinary sharing among experts from the care-giving sector, the health industry, people with disabilities and their carers. The proven concept of theme-oriented marketplaces such as “Mobility & Daily Living Aids”, “Child & Youth Rehabilitation” and “Cars & Traffic” will be retained and will continue to structure the comprehensive range of products and services presented at the trade fair.

Approximately half of the available exhibition area has already been booked

Although more than a year remains before REHAB 2021 opens its gates, approximately half of the available exhibition area has already been booked. Months in advance of the upcoming fair, numerous well-known manufacturers, dealers and service providers from Germany and other European countries have reserved their stands in Karlsruhe and thus in Baden-Württemberg, which is Germany’s leading state for medical technology. Returning exhibitors include industry giants such as Otto Bock HealthCare Deutschland GmbH, Paravan GmbH and the Danish company Alu Rehab ApS. Manufacturers of children’s wheelchairs such as Rehatec Dieter Frank GmbH, SORG Rollstuhltechnik GmbH + Co KG and Berollka-aktiv Rollstuhltechnik GmbH have likewise confirmed their intention to participate in REHAB, which is held every two years and is the most important platform for high-quality mobility aids and children’s aids from Germany and other European countries. Interested companies can still book stand space at the early-bird rate until 30 June 2020. The Future Pavilion offers opportunities for start-ups and academic institutions to present their innovations, above all in the areas of digitization and robotics.

About REHAB Karlsruhe

Since 1980 REHAB Karlsruhe has been one of the most important trade fairs for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion, and has established itself every two years as the most important platform for high-quality mobility aids and children’s aids from Germany and other European countries. Specialists from all over Germany and neighbouring countries traditionally use REHAB to learn about the latest trends in rehabilitation technology, innovations in the assistive aids industry and new therapeutic options as well as to take advantage of further training opportunities. As a platform for the sharing of information among manufacturers, specialized dealers, therapists, medical professionals, nursing staff, service providers, associations, people with disabilities and their carers, REHAB is a must-attend event on the industry’s calendar. Approximately 18,500 visitors and 468 exhibitors participated in REHAB in 2019. The 21st REHAB – European Trade Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy, Care and Inclusion will take place at Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre from 6-8 May 2021.