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2023-01-18
REHAB Karlsruhe 2023: where the market meets
(Messe Karlsruhe / Jürgen Rösner)

Karlsruhe, 18 January 2023 – There are still five months to go until the halls of the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre open their doors for the 22nd REHAB, one of the leading trade fairs for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion, to be held from 15 to 17 June 2023. As the new year begins, the event organisers have announced their plans to once again hold the event across three exhibition halls. “We are pleased that so many market leaders will be exhibiting at REHAB 2023. These will include producers from the event’s core focus areas, the renowned names in specialist retail and several interesting newcomers”, says Project Manager Annika Gehrmeyer. “Among those who have already registered are major players in the wheelchair and accessories sector like Ottobock, Alber, Meyra, Invacare and Schuchmann, alongside dealers like Storch & Beller and SC Sanitätshaus Carstens to name just a few. REHAB Karlsruhe will showcase the full breadth of the sector. It is an important meeting point for visitors who want to find out about the latest developments in the daily living aids market.”

Jürgen Dusel, Germany’s Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities, will once again act as patron. The specialist trade fair will once again take place every two years from 2023. The current list of exhibitors, as well as information about the coming event, can be found online at www.rehab-karlsruhe.com.

In the picture one can see the dm-arena of the trade fair center Karlsruhe. Foreground of the picture is the booth of Meyra, where visitors can inform themselves about the latest aids.
REHAB 2022: A look inside the dm-arena (Messe Karlsruhe / Behrendt und Rausch)

REHAB: where the industry meets

Returning companies like Invacare make the event even more valuable for visitors. Invacare will use REHAB to present its Küschall wheelchairs for active users. Another company taking part in the trade fair is Alber, the top specialist for wheelchair accessories and active drives. The return of Ottobock has a signal effect. The company is one of the leading providers of wheelchairs, orthotics and exoskeletons, and is the world market leader for prosthetics. Philipp Hoefer, Director Sales & Marketing DACH at Otto Bock HealthCare Deutschland GmbH, explains: “We cannot wait for REHAB in Karlsruhe. Being able to share ideas at the trade fair is vital to the industry. In 2023, we will be focusing on holistic treatment for patients with neurological indications. We will present our aids and new products in this area, such as the Exopulse Mollii Suit. REHAB represents the ideal platform for in-person meetings, networking and inspiration.”

Stefan Schäfer, Managing Director and Head of Sales & Marketing DACH at Meyra, emphasises the importance of REHAB to the market and praises the event’s successful format: “After three years without a trade fair, REHAB 2022 was a massive success for us as an exhibitor. Our newly designed stand attracted lots of visitors and allowed us to have the one-to-one discussions with users and dealers that we had missed so much. The event is well organised and attracts plenty of visitors from both southern Germany and the neighbouring countries. These factors are extremely valuable to us, which is why we are looking forward being involved again at REHAB 2023."

Among the companies that will be exhibiting for the first time is Topro. This premium Norwegian manufacturer of rollators is aiming to use the trade show to support its expansion into the German, Austrian and Swiss markets. “I have always been impressed by just how important REHAB is in this region. The proximity to Switzerland gives customers there the chance to discover the latest products in an incredible atmosphere. I’m looking forward to taking part together with our German and Swiss teams for the first time”, says Norbert Jahnke, Interim Managing Director of Topro GmbH.

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About REHAB

REHAB Karlsruhe has been one of the world’s biggest and most significant trade fairs for rehabilitation, therapy, care and inclusion since 1980. Specialists from all over Germany and the neighbouring countries come to Karlsruhe every two years to bring themselves up to date with 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.

REHAB has been a firm fixture in the industry´s timetable for more than 40 years and has established itself as THE most important platform for high-quality mobility aids and children´s aids from Germany and other European countries every second year.

More information is available at www.rehab-karlsruhe.de

2022-12-14
Interview with Simone Fischer, Officer for Persons with Disabilities for the state of Baden-Württemberg on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

REHAB: Ms Fischer, you opened REHAB 2022 and saw for yourself the sheer variety of living aids and services for people with all kinds of support needs. What did you think of the products and services on show?

Simone Fischer: We live in a world that is not designed for everyone. It is designed according to standard measurements and norms that attempt to satisfy the majority. But this presents a barrier to many people. Official standards on accessibility do not help all of them. That is one of the reasons why REHAB is so essential in terms of raising awareness and showcasing options. It was fantastic to be part of REHAB 22 after a break of three years. The event was incredibly well organised, with 350 exhibitors from 18 countries, 40 per cent of those being manufacturers, all spread across 35,000 square metres of space. At the same time, the organisers were still dealing with the effects of the pandemic, which presented many challenges, difficult decisions and a lot of responsibility. For me personally, REHAB 2022 is an occasion that will live long in the memory. Both exhibitors and visitors alike told me how excited they were to be there. After such a long break, it was finally possible to once again enjoy face-to-face conversations, experience innovations up close, celebrate new product launches, contribute ideas and find inspiration. REHAB combines several topics and offers the perfect platform for discussing them. It creates and opens up opportunities for people to live an autonomous and independent life, and participate in the community. I’m already looking forward to the trade fair in 2023.

State Commissioner for the Disabled, Simone Fischer together with Jürgen Dusel, Federal Commissioner for the Interests of People with Disabilities at REHAB 2022
Zur Eröffnung der REHAB 2022 angereist: Landesbehindertenbeauftragte Simone Fischer zusammen mit Jürgen Dusel, Bundesbeauftragter für die Belange von Menschen mit Behinderungen, beim VIP-Messerundgang der 21. Fachmesse für Rehabilitation, Therapie, Pflege und Inklusion in Karlsruhe. (Credits: Messe Karlsruhe/Jürgen Rösner)

REHAB: The pandemic caused many people with disabilities in particular to be especially isolated. This often led to psychiatric problems. Are there plans to prevent this should there be another wave of infections?

Fischer: We have learned a lot from the last years of dealing with the pandemic and were able to gain valuable experience at many levels and in all kinds of areas. Having a secure and high-quality connection to other people is important for mental well-being. We have to keep emphasising that just because someone has a disability, it doesn’t automatically mean they are more vulnerable to the virus. Instead, we have to take a closer, more differentiated look.

REHAB: Given this context, how do you see the outlook for exhibitions and congresses going forward?

Fischer: As far as events like this are concerned, I am confident for the future. The virus is becoming endemic. Should it be necessary, we can always fall back on the best practices gained from experience and scientific expertise.

Getting to know innovations at the trade fair: Simone Fischer takes a look inside the Tesla converted by PARAVAN.
Getting to know innovations at the trade fair: Simone Fischer takes a look inside the Tesla converted by PARAVAN.

REHAB: You travel a lot throughout Baden-Württemberg and post about your activities on social media. What are your priorities for 2023?

Fischer: We need to make sure that legislation takes the interests of people with disabilities into account from an early stage. We cannot neglect our responsibility for making sure that existing laws and regulations are implemented with the needs of people with disabilities in mind. When you look at regulations for accessibility in construction and residency, digitalisation or public transport, I think there is plenty of room for improvement. In the cities and municipalities in Baden-Württemberg, we need better access to education, work and healthcare, as well as more consideration regarding living arrangements, recreation and everyday life. We have to make it easier for people with disabilities to participate in society. It is this that creates communities, visibility, acceptance and normality. This is what I want to achieve in my time in office.

The next REHAB will take place from 15 to 17 June 2023 at Messe Karlsruhe.
The next REHAB will take place from 15 to 17 June 2023 at Messe Karlsruhe.

REHAB: Why are more specific measures for inclusion so important?

Fischer: The issues of work, education and healthcare, as well as the situation of women and children with disabilities, are very close to my heart. Representing people with disabilities in social, political and economic matters in Baden-Württemberg is extremely important. It makes us visible and calls on society to consider the rights of people with disabilities and take them into account from the very beginning. This is what I am committed to, whether it be in meetings, specific measures and projects, my work with the public and in my statements on laws and projects at state level. If we make inclusivity the guiding principle for our society, we will succeed in creating good and just living conditions for everyone. We want to create a society that is accessible in every regard.

Thank you for this discussion, Ms Fischer!

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.