Forum to discuss dental product manufacturing and export

Building collaborative networks among the Australian businesses involved in dental product manufacturing and export is the focus of the Australian Dental Products Exporters’ Forum to be held in Canberra tomorrow.

The event is being convened by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA).

“The research being undertaken within Australia on new and innovative patient treatment options is world-class; however, given the relatively small size of the domestic market to successfully commercialise this research, businesses need to export,” ADIA CEO Troy Williams said.

“In this context that ADIA is so pleased to be hosting this forum that provides a vehicle for business to explore collaboration opportunities that will help them reach new overseas markets.”

Australia’s dental product manufacturers are exporting merchandise ranging from medical suction equipment, teeth whitening products and tooth restorative materials to hospital-grade disinfectants. Pioneering new technologies such as 3D printing are being harnessed to add to the products local manufacturers are taking to the world.

“Whereas other sectors of Australia’s manufacturing sector are in decline, Australia’s med tech manufacturing sector is growing thanks to overseas exports,” Williams said.

“The exciting thing is it is the adoption of pioneering technology such as computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing that’s driving this.”

Participants at the Australian Dental Products Exporters’ Forum will hear from key stakeholders including Austrade, MTP Connect, the Australian Made campaign and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“A major priority of ADIA is to foster the development of Australia’s dental product manufacturing sector. This event is just one small component of an overall strategy that we’ll be launching at the forum,” Williams concluded.

For more information visit the Australian Dental Products Exporters’ Forum website.

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