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with more than 160,000 visitors (2019) and more than 2,327 exhibitors (2019) is the leading trade fair world-wide for the dental industry. It is trend-setting, provides essential stimulus for the dental world market and initiates the development of innovations in dental practice and dental technology. For many, decades the IDS has been the unchallenged as the most successful, and most comprehensive, presentation arena and global venue for all market participants from dentistry, dental technology, dental trade and the dental industry.

Throughout 96 years, the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDD) through its Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH (GFDI mbH), in partnership with the Koelnmesse, has organized the IDS, guiding its development as an indispensable marketing tool for the international dental sector.

The IDS is a “must” for exhibitors: those seeking to score direct sales hits and to establish direct, effective and gaugeable customer contact, who want to use successful and image-oriented presentations for new business achievements, who want to accurately estimate market probability within the shortest time, are those who participate at the IDS.

The next IDS:

  • 39th International Dental Show - 22th to 25th September 2021
  • 40th International Dental Show - 14th to 18th March 2023

IDS 2021 - #B-SAFE4business

Your business in safe hands

We look forward to reviving the industry together with you from September 2020 onwards! The essence of a trade fair is face-to-face interaction: in order to ensure that your networking is as safe and successful as possible, even in times of Corona, we have developed a series of measures in accordance with the Corona Protection Ordinance of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and in close cooperation with the authorities in Cologne. These measures interlock seamlessly and regulate the cooperation at the trade fair.

Our aim: to guarantee professional protection at the highest level and create an environment in which your business can grow again.

Find out more  here or download the complete list of measures. Of course, in case of questions our trade fair team is personally available for you at any time.”

We promise you that we will do everything we can to guarantee the safety of our exhibitors, visitors and partners in the best possible way. Find out more here and do not hesitate to get in touch with us with questions or suggestions!  more information...


Personal, face-to-face interaction is essential, even in the electronic age. In view of the complexity of many innovative techniques and procedures in dentistry and dental technology, consumers in the specialized trade are eager for this immediate channel of communication and explanation with the manufacturers. Surveys confirm this point:

How do you evaluate the information & contacts at the exhibitor stands?
  National International                                                        
Good/very good 79.5% 84.2%                            
Satisfactory 18.6% 11.7%

The IDS is a vital communication platform for direct, personal customer contact. It is exceptionally suitable for the set-up and maintenance of long-term business associations. The IDS engenders lasting contact management, through first-hand demonstrations by trained co-workers and developers, and by demonstrations of internationally-renowned clients from dentistry and dental technology, high technical level and having a lasting experiential effect.