According to projections from the well-known market survey institute Espicom Business Intelligence, the market of medical equipment, including the assistive device industry, offers incredible potential business opportunity, since it will expand rapidly from US$164.3 billion in 2006 to US$201.6 billion in 2016, with a compound annual growth of (CAGR) 5.2%. And with an increasingly global aging society, market demand for Assistive Devices is emerging to become a gold rush for medical equipment industries.

To help tap into these prospects, TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council) will organize the second Taiwan Int'l Senior Lifestyle and Health Care Show from May 2-5, 2008 at Hall 3, Taipei World Trade Center. The international fair that targets those of, or serving the gray hair generation, will offer an integrated venue for the medical industry and health care business to stage a comprehensive one-stop platform for global buyers. As a result every major firm in the industry chain will be represented including those in R&D, the manufacturing process, and various service sectors. These concerns will be invited to display the best including products from multifunctional Mobile Assistive Devices to daily life Assistive Devices and peripherals.

Motion with the touch of a Benz!

Taiwan has shown that total export value of medical equipment reached NT$26.8 billion in 2006, according to import and export shipment data quoted from the Department of Customs Administration, and Assisted Device comprised 27.7% of that total. The category with the largest share among the 10 leading products was "Mobility Vehicles for Physical Challenged People" such as Mobility Scooters and Wheelchairs. From the data we can see that Assisted Devices have become a main force among export products from Taiwan. In addition, the related manufacturers have vowed to use R&D to grasp the advantage of cost-efficiency models. It is recognized that the Assisted Device industry in Taiwan is moving fast to catch the international development trend by accelerating the invention of intelligent models to increase product added value.

There are numerous companies set to exhibit in the theme pavilion of "Mobility Aids" during Taiwan SenCare 2008. Pihsiang Machinery, a company dedicated in making mobility vehicles, has earned a reputation as being the manufacturer of the "Mercedes of Mobility Cars". Actually the Company has developed several flagship products to stay at the forefront of the mobility transportation business and to meet the need of seniors for mobility, entertainment and transport. Sunpex Technology has been focused on medical assistive devices for many years; as a result, the company will show its mobility transportation products with concurrent style and technology as seen on the American, European and Japanese market.

A Fresh Dynamic for Foot Care!

One pioneer company, Vers Tech is totally focused upon foot care devices and will stage its "Foot pressure dynamic measurement system" and show its "Re-sealable Memory Insoles" at the show. The Memory Insoles, with patents issued in the USA and Taiwan, are made of Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) as a re-moldable layer under a low heat (65°C, 150°F) condition to provide long lasting re-molding capability. During the exhibition, Vers Tech Science will also demonstrate the fruits of their five-year exertion project, namely the "Foot pressure dynamic measurement system" to market its "MingScan® foot pressure scanner" and "MingScan® in-shoe mapping pad".

A Fresh Vision for Grandma!

To help solve common vision problems among seniors, Re-Energy will introduce its new aiding device "Book Holder", which facilitates seniors in reading and writing activities with more comfort and confidence. This portable and multifunctional book holder designed specially with 4-cornered elastic clips and elastic string in the middle to stabilize all sizes of books or magazines. The book holder supports large or heavy books, and is easy to position at the desired angle to read hands-free for those either sitting or reclining and as a result greatly reduces the strains that come to the arms and neck related to reading and writing.

The "Taiwan Int'l Senior Lifestyle and Health Care Show" is a mecca for the Taiwan senior care industry to launch brand names and contact international global buyers. To make the best of this event, TAITRA, the host, has arranged pre-show press conference, a series of professional product showcases, seminars, live demonstrations, try-on for designated products, platform of seniors' art works and free physical check-ups. This event offers a face-to-face opportunity to meet Taiwanese related industries and manufacturers to develop rewarding business experiences and contacts. For registration and further information, check the TAITRA website at: sencare.tw/

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