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Messe Frankfurt plays host to 95,000 exhibitors and sets new sales record

Messe Frankfurt has continued to build on its commercial successes in financial year 2017, thus strengthening its market position among leading international trade fair companies. Due to its outstanding business activities globally, the company will set a new record this year with around 95,000 exhibitors. Messe Frankfurt sales will exceed the €660 million mark for the first time. The company is growing sustainably with consistent investments in events and products, in digitisation and in optimising design and capacity use of its exhibition grounds.

On presenting the Group’s preliminary key figures for 2017, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wolfgang Marzin exults, “We also make a point of investing counter-cyclically when we deem this to be the right strategic approach”. With around 95,000 exhibitors and 4.3 million visitors – the highest ever – the Group is setting new records, which is also a testament to the resounding success of the 148 innovation platforms held globally under the Messe Frankfurt umbrella.

The company’s sales have grown to an estimated €661 million, despite a cyclically weak event year. This means that Messe Frankfurt has improved upon the two previous record years. With over €271 million, the proportion of sales generated outside Germany is now at 41 per cent. As a result, consolidated annual net income for the Group will once again be healthy at about €40 million.

The company is pushing ahead with its activities in Russia in spite of difficult conditions there. As one of the main organisers in Russia, Messe Frankfurt’s events are among the country’s leading trade fairs. Messe Frankfurt is also behind one of the leading trade fair companies in South America. Our Argentine subsidiary is also making a name for itself by organising and running major international congresses, such as the WTO Congress with 5,000 participants.