April: Meeting in Prague and announcement of new survey
Dear members, sponsors and friends of the Association of Dental Dealers in Europe, It is my pleasure to introduce you to our newsletter exclusively for ADDE members and affiliates. As a membership benefit, you are given access to industry-related news and documents. A new addition to this is a quarterly newsletter to update you on the latest information concerning the dental dealer market in the European Union and abroad.
For the newsletter, we are working together with the Dental Tribune International Publishing Group. The company is well known for its flagship product, Dental Tribune. Print and online editions of this leading dental newspaper reach over half a million dentists and dental laboratories around the world. All of the ADDE articles are available on a password-protected website, adde.dental-tribune.com.
This newsletter includes an overview of upcoming events, news from our national member organisations, and current policy changes and discussions. Present EU regulations continue to centre around the ongoing review of medical device regulation. However, the current Dutch presidency is determined to finalise negotiations by the end of June. In the meantime, the European Commission has conditionally approved the Dentsply and Sirona merger.
Dr Pavel Smažík, Managing Director of Dentamed, has been interviewed for this newsletter, as our Czech member organisation Czechdent, of which Dr Smažík is president, is responsible for organising the upcoming ADDE annual general assembly in Prague. Besides the board meeting, statutory meetings and festive dinners, the programme will include a conference on marketing in dentistry that will cover three approaches to the topic. I am looking forward to a very interesting meeting with all of you and would like to thank Dr Smažík for his efforts.
Over a year ago, at the 2015 International Dental Show, we presented to the public our 2015 European dental market survey on the main trends in the EU market. Produced in collaboration with the Federation of the European Dental Industry, the report indicated a rapid shift towards digital dentistry, manifesting in an overall trend towards a more global approach with group practices and consolidations.
Only the Survey on the European Dental Trade covers so comprehensively the most relevant topics and trends in the European dental industry, including the number of customers and end-users, sales values for the main product categories, the use of computers and e-commerce, sales segments, distribution channels, as well as VAT charges and their impact on the market. If you are interested in obtaining the latest survey figures (2015), the new survey will be published in May and be available for purchase on our website in hard copy and as a PDF download.
In anticipation of the upcoming annual general assembly, I wish you much success and look forward to seeing you in Prague at the end of April.
President of the ADDE