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May 2017

Press Contact:

Anne Meerboth-Maltz
Tel. (312)781-5185
Fax (312) 781-5188

Messe Düsseldorf North America
150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 2920
Chicago, IL 60601


The Messe Düsseldorf Group has concluded the 2016 financial year with a result above plan. Due to the trade fair cycle, 2016 included a large number of events, with sales revenues of EUR 442.8 million (2015: EUR 302 million). The entire Group achieved EUR 58.8 million net profit after tax (2015: EUR 10.3 million).

Outside Germany the Messe Düsseldorf Group generated around EUR 73.1 million (previous year: EUR 100 million). The international market with the strongest revenue was Russia again (EUR 28 million), despite its crisis, followed by China (EUR 18.6 million), Singapore (EUR 6.7 million) and the U.S. (EUR 6.4 million).

Due to a large number of trade fairs in 2016, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH's revenue rose to about EUR 406.9 million (previous year: approximately EUR 243 million). Own events in Düsseldorf accounted for around EUR 354 million (2015: EUR 183 million), guest events and other income were about EUR 29 million (2015: approx. EUR 21 million). The biggest revenue drivers were the annual No. 1 trade fairs MEDICA, ProWein, CARAVAN SALON, boot, drupa and K. The annual GmbH result after tax was approximately EUR 71 million (2015: EUR 31 million). The share of international business, implemented directly by the company, was approximately EUR 32 million (2015: EUR 40million). The revenue drivers were the trade fairs Collection Première Moscow, interplastica, METALLOOBRABOTKA, upakovka, Chinaplas, wire CHINA, MEDICAL FAIR INDIA, Expomin and IRANPLAST.

Werner M. Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, sees the result as a confirmation of the Group's strategy with its focus on the relevant industries and markets: “We are working extremely profitably. Our leading global trade fairs are well-known brands. They act as successful innovation exchanges for the industry throughout the world. By pursuing our corporate strategy ‘Messe Düsseldorf 2030’, we are going to reinforce and develop this leading position – with digital services, new trade fair models and the steady expansion of our global portfolio under the umbrella of our big number-one events in Düsseldorf.”

The growth outside Germany matches the Group’s success at its home base. As before, the internationality of the trade fairs was extremely high in 2016. The proportion of international exhibitors at own events in Düsseldorf rose to around 71% (previous events: 69.6%) and the share of international visitors to about. 45% (previous events: 26.3%). The highest proportions of international visitors were recorded at drupa (75.3%) and K (70.8%). On the exhibitor side, international participation was particularly high at ProWein (84.4%), Tube (74.9%), drupa (71.4%) and glasstec (71.1%).

Overall, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH organized 19 own and 12 guest events at its home base in Düsseldorf in 2016. A total of 32,383 exhibitors (2015: 25,819) rented just over 14 million square feet of net exhibition space and showcased their innovations to about 1.6 million visitors (previous year: approx. 1.1 million). In addition, around half a million delegates took part in the conferences.

For information on any of the trade fairs in the worldwide program of the Messe Düsseldorf Group, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail:; Visit our web site; Subscribe to our blog; Follow us on twitter at

The Messe Düsseldorf Group:
With a turnover of around EUR 443 million in 2016, the Messe Düsseldorf Group maintained its position as one of Germany's most successful trade fair companies. 32,100 exhibitors presented their products to 1.6 million trade visitors at events in Düsseldorf this year. More than 500,000 additional visitors took part in the various congresses.About 50 trade fairs - including 23 No. 1 events – were held at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center in five areas of expertise - machinery, plant and equipment, retail, trade and services, medicine and health, fashion and lifestyle and leisure. In addition, there were about 80 to 100 own, joint or contracted events outside Germany, demonstrating that the Messe Düsseldorf Group is a leading global platform for export. Messe Düsseldorf ranks No. 1 in terms of the international participation at its capital goods exhibitions. Messe Düsseldorf's own machinery, plants and equipment event attracted approximately 72% international exhibitors and 58% trade visitors from other countries Overall, the Düsseldorf trade fairs were visited by customers from about 180 countries The Group’s global network consists of sales offices in 132 countries (71 international representations) as well as competence centers in eight countries.


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Messe Dusseldorf North America Located at 150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL. Phone: 312-781-5180. .