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Messe Frankfurt (literally "Frankfurt Trade Fair") is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With over 2,500* employees at some 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €661* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. * Preliminary figures for 2017.[1]

Messe Frankfurt GmbH
Limited liability company (Germany)
Industry Trade fair
Headquarters Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Key people
Wolfgang Marzin (Chairman),
Uwe Behm,
Detlef Braun
Revenue approx. 661 Million* Euro [1]
Number of employees
More than 2,500* [1]

  • Preliminary figures for 2017

With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).The Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt consists of Wolfgang Marzin (Chairman), Detlef Braun, and Uwe Behm.

Frankfurt has been well known for its trade fairs for over 800 years. In the Middle Ages, merchants and businessmen met at the “Römer”, a medieval building in the heart of the city that served as a market place; from 1909 onwards, they met on the grounds of the Festhalle Frankfurt, to the north of Frankfurt Central Station. The first Frankfurt trade fair to be documented in writing dates back to 11 July 1240, when the Frankfurt Autumn Trade Fair was called into being by Emperor Frederick II, who decreed that merchants travelling to the fair were under his protection. Some ninety years later, on 25 April 1330, the Frankfurt Spring Fair also received its privilege from Emperor Louis IV. And from this time onwards, trade fairs were held in Frankfurt twice a year, in spring and autumn, forming the basic structure for Messe Frankfurt’s modern consumer goods fairs.[2]


Frankfurt Trade FairEdit

Location and sizeEdit

Located at the heart of financial and business centre Frankfurt, the exhibition grounds are among the largest and most modern worldwide with some 367,000 m² of hall area and more than 96,000 m² of free space at its disposal. As well as excellent international transport connections by air, rail and road, the exhibition venue enjoys excellent public transport connections: The S-Bahn suburban train station “Messe” stops in the centre of the exhibition grounds, the U-Bahn underground train station and the Strassenbahn tram station are located directly at the City Entrance/Festhalle.


With their unique designs, renowned architects such as Helmut Jahn, Oswald M. Ungers and Nicolas Grimshaw gave Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds an unmistakable look that dovetails perfectly with Frankfurt’s modern cityscape. Messe Frankfurt customers set great store by the highly functional nature of its halls and conference facilities, which are ideal for hosting a broad cross-section of events. With the Congress Center and Kap Europa, the company operates two congress centres as well. The Hall 12 is currently being built in the western section of the exhibition grounds and will be going into operation in autumn 2018.

Exhibitions & Trade FairsEdit

Messe Frankfurt’s events reflect the market structures of a wide range of sectors.[3]

  • Consumer Goods: Ambiente, Christmasworld, Floradecora, Creativeworld, Paperworld, Tendence, Nordstil
  • Entertainment, Media & Creative Industries Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound
  • Mobility & Logistics: Automechanika with 17 exhibitions worldwide [4] and other exhibitions such as Hypermotion, Comtrans, Motobike Istanbul, Materials Handling Middle East and RailLog Korea.
  • Technology: IFFA, Intersec, Intersec Forum, ISH (de), Light+Building, Texcare International|Texcare, Cleanzone'
  • Textiles & Textile Technologies: Heimtextil, GREENshowroom, Ethical Fashion Show, Texworld, Techtextil andTexprocess

Guest events for example:

  • ACHEMA, an international exhibition congress on chemical engineering, environmental protection and biotechnology [5]
  • Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest book show [6]
  • IAA, International Motor Show, the world's largest auto show [7]
  • IMEX, the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events [8]


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