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Record profits for Techtextil owner

For the second time in a row, Messe Frankfurt Group sales are set to exceed the EUR 640 million mark.

14th December 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Frankfurt

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The Messe Frankfurt Group, the world’s highest-grossing organiser with its own exhibition grounds, will once again end financial year 2016 with a high level of sales and a very profitable result compared with the rest of the sector.

For the second time in a row, Messe Frankfurt Group sales are set to exceed the EUR 640 million mark and will be comparable with the previous year’s level. The company will reach around EUR 60 million in a marked improvement on the previous year. This year’s EBITDA will also be better than last year’s figure and set a new record.

“This means that we have established an excellent basis and can continue to invest in the infrastructure at our Frankfurt base, in our brands and in digital processes,” commented Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Messe Frankfurt.

Market position strengthened worldwide

“We are setting new records with our event portfolio. In 2016, a total of 138 trade fairs and exhibitions were held worldwide under the Messe Frankfurt umbrella, featuring some 92,300 exhibitors – more than ever before,” Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt, summed up the event year.

The events attracted more than 3.5 million visitors. Messe Frankfurt’s activities outside Germany recorded dynamic growth. New records were also set here with 87 events and more than 49,000 exhibitors and 1.9 million visitors.

Messe Frankfurt events attracted more than 3.5 million visitors this year. © Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Thomas Fedra

“We created a strategic framework and are using our sector expertise to expand the global trade fair map with new events, for example in Vietnam and Ethiopia,” said Mr Braun. The international component on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds continued to increase, with three-quarters of all exhibitors and more than half of trade buyers at the company’s events hailing from outside Germany.

Industry 4.0

Messe Frankfurt is very actively involved in events in topic clusters relating to Industry 4.0. “SPS IPC Drives, which is held in Nuremberg, is the most important platform for the automation sector – the most powerful driving force behind the fourth industrial revolution. And Formnext powered by tct in Frankfurt will be showing the next generation of industrial production,” said Uwe Behm, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

After last year’s successful debut, the event is well on the way to establishing itself as the flagship event for the international additive technology and 3-D printing sector.

Sustainable growth through investments

“Our key growth areas are in good health and so are the factors that drive this growth – and we are tapping into new market share, in some cases by joining forces with other market players,” commented Wolfgang Marzin regarding Messe Frankfurt’s strategic direction.

For example, a strategic marketing partnership has been arranged with the US Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) with joint activities planned worldwide. Following the successful premiere of the Intersec Forum at Light + Building, the conference will be held next year parallel to ISH. No fewer than 13 events were scheduled to make their debut around the world in financial year 2016. So far, the company has planned ten new events to be held by 2018.

“We will continue to invest in line with our customers’ expectations and have the necessary capital to fulfil the goals of Messe Frankfurt, both now and in the future. For financial year 2017, we have our sights set on surpassing the EUR650 million sales mark,” concluded Mr Marzin.

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