Medical Fair India, formerly known as HospiMedica India, drew more than 300 exhibitors, many from East Asia, looking to make inroads into India’s rapidly growing medical market.
According to Plastics News, the Indian health-care sector features strong local and mainland China players in disposable and reusable medical products. Taiwanese companies are middle-level players with significant clientele. With high-end devices, Western countries have a firmer grip, according to the Japan External Trade Organization.
“We have a basic range, but we are supplying very special products to the Indian market — otherwise, it is difficult to compete pricewise with the Chinese and local players,” said Federica Tomasini, a product specialist with Rimos srl. The maker of disposable gynecological products is based in Mirandola, Italy. “We have had distributors in the west and southern part of [India] working with us the past many years. We are looking for more partners to expand further in other regions of the country.”
Taizhou Kangjian Medical Equipment Co. Ltd. of Taizhou, China, showcased gynecological specula. “In India, a metal version is widely used, but we have made it in plastic and are promoting in India,” said export manager Andy Cheng. The company has supplied the product in small quantities and now is looking to market it in India in a big way. “It is disposable and much cheaper than the metal one,” Cheng said. “India could be a big market for this product.”