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December 21, 2015

Messe Berlin: 27 per cent surge in growth

With a turnover of 238 million euros, 2015 was the most successful odd-numbered year to date

As the financial year draws to a close turnover for the Messe Berlin group of companies is forecast to reach 238 million euros, marking an increase of 27 per cent over the base year 2013 (EUR 188 million).

More than two million visitors from around the world came to find out about the products and services shown at a total of 102 events held by the Messe Berlin group of companies. Around 30,000 exhibitors from Germany and abroad, in all representing over 180 countries, occupied a display area in excess of two million square metres and provided a comprehensive overview of the latest products and services from a wide range of sectors. Close to 30,000 members of the media from all parts of the world received accreditation for the 70 trade fairs and conferences that took place at Berlin ExpoCenter City and Berlin ExpoCenter Airport. Thus, in addition to producing the best business results in the company’s history in an odd-numbered year, in which traditionally there are fewer events, 2015 was also an outstanding year in terms of trade fairs and conferences.

Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin GmbH: “The fact that after over a decade of continuous growth there has been a 27 per cent rise in turnover means that this last year was very special. It is something everyone at Messe Berlin can be very proud of and makes us confident that we can meet the challenges of the future."

In 2015, trade fairs at Messe Berlin such as the International Green Week Berlin, FRUIT LOGISTICA, ITB Berlin and IFA, all globally recognised events, once again proved to be international leaders in their respective sectors and major platforms for exhibiting product innovations and technologies.

Other highlights in 2015 on the capital’s calendar of events included numerous national and international trade fairs and consumer exhibitions and over 50 guest events and conferences.

Rounding off events in 2015 were two new trade fairs which celebrated their launch. Stage|Set|Scenery, the international trade fair and conference for event technology, made its successful debut in June. In October, the arrival of MOTORWORLD Classics Berlin marked the year’s second trade fair debut. This new and exclusive exhibition of classic cars featured an impressive display of horsepower in the historical exhibition halls at Berlin ExpoCenter City.

In 2015 Messe Berlin’s wide-ranging portfolio again included numerous specialist guest events which took place on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, ranging from large-scale medical congresses, IT and corporate events to a political party conference.

Industry events representing the medical sector, research and science made up a large part of the guest events, mirroring Berlin’s growing attraction as a business location for industry and science. Messe Berlin continues to be the number one venue for large-scale medical congresses.

Numerous large medical congresses attracted up to 12,000 participants on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. They included the 50th annual conference of the German Diabetes Society, the established Medicine and Health Congress in the Capital, the Congress of the German Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Psychosomatic Medicine and Neuropsychiatry (DGPPN), the 28th annual conference of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), and the 27th German Congress for Perinatal Medicine.

In addition, leading IT and telecoms companies met to debate at expert forums such as Net App Insight 2015 and Apps World Germany. Science was not the only topic at the events. Indeed, there was also a certain amount of glamour involved. Following a prolonged absence the GERMAN FILM AWARDS, the show that presents Germany's most coveted cultural prize, returned to the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. And once again, the who’s who of the national and international music industry gathered in the Palais am Funkturm for the 24th edition of the ECHO 2015 Music Awards.

2016 boasts every leading trade fair and jubilee editions

All of Messe Berlin’s leading trade fairs will be taking place in 2016. They include the International Green Week (15 to 24 Jan.), FRUIT LOGISTICA (3 to 5 Feb.), ITB Berlin (9 to 13 March), IFA (2 to 7 Sept.) and InnoTrans (20 to 23 Sept.). Two of these leading trade fairs will be celebrating noteworthy anniversaries. The International Green Week, the most important show for the food industry, agriculture and horticulture, which was launched in 1926, will be marking its ninetieth anniversary. ITB, the world’s largest travel trade show, which was first held in 1966, is in its fiftieth year. As part of a campaign to mark the jubilee edition, 50 ambassadors of ITB Berlin are travelling to 50 destinations around the world. And finally, in 2016 the Berlin Radio Tower will be celebrating its ninetieth anniversary.

The spotlight will also be on other industry events: from 1 to 4 June at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport the ILA Berlin Air Show will be showcasing cutting edge technology from every branch of the aerospace industry. Messe Berlin has two highly successful spin-offs from corresponding major trade fairs at home, in the shape of ASIA FRUIT LOGISTICA (7 to 9 Sept.) in Hong Kong and ITB Asia (19 to 21 Oct.) in Singapore which have both become leading industry events in Asia. With the April 2016 launch (20 to 22 Apr.) in Shenzen of CE China, a global IFA event, Messe Berlin’s portfolio will extend into the Chinese market. From 11 to 13 October micro photonics, another Messe Berlin in-house exhibition, will be marking its debut at ExpoCenter City. This event will cater for the common areas of microsystem technology, photonics and optoelectronics.

A year packed with conferences, guesting trade fairs and other events

In 2016 large-scale medical congresses will again be a major part of Messe Berlin’s congress business. Following the successful launch of the CityCube, from 24 to 27 February the 32nd German Cancer Congress will be taking place at Messe Berlin’s new event venue. The next events on the calendar are INTERPHARM (18 to 19 March), Germany’s leading event for pharmacists, with 3,500 attendees from Germany and abroad, and the Congress of the German Society for Surgery (DGCH), with around 5,000 participants, which will take place from 26 to 29 April. The Medicine and Health Congress in the Capital (8 to 10 June), with 8,000 participants, and the 20th International Congress for Parkinson´s Disease and Movement Disorders and the German Orthopaedics and Traumatology Congress (DKOU, 23 to 26 Oct.), with around 12,000 attendees, will round off the series of large specialist events at ExpoCenter City.

Guest event highlights in 2016 will include CWIEME Berlin (10 to 12 May), the world’s largest coil-winding exhibition, and Metropolitan Solutions (31 May to 2 June). The UN Habitat conference will be taking place at the Smart City trade fair and congress, which represents a major event.

Mit Cisco Live (15.-19.2.) From 15 to 19 February thousands of IT decision-makers will be arriving in the CityCube to attend Cisco Live, one of the networking equipment supplier’s most popular European events. This highlight on the calendar of IT events is the largest to be organised by this global concern outside the USA. When the nextHacker takes place on 26 and 27 February it promises to be a contest of extremes. Over a period of two days 3,000 of the world’s best up-and-coming developers and programmers will be taking part in a programming contest in the hope of winning handsome prize money.

On 6 April 2016 the shareholders of Daimler AG, the global vehicle manufacturer, will be attending the company’s AGM in the CityCube Berlin.

From 12 to 14 February the well-known guest event Berliner Motorrad Tage (BTM) will be returning to Messe Berlin.

About Messe Berlin

Based on turnover and growth, Messe Berlin is among the world’s ten leading trade fair companies operating their own exhibition grounds. The company’s wide-ranging portfolio includes five global brands: the International Green Week Berlin, ITB Berlin / Singapore, IFA, InnoTrans and Fruit Logistica Berlin / Hong Kong.