Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress, and event organizer with its own site. The company’s headquarters are in Frankfurt (Germany). The group of companies has a sales network of 30 subsidiaries and more than 60 sales partners, responsible for 188 countries. The services range from renting out premises, through exhibition stand construction and marketing, to personnel services, and catering. The shareholders are the City of Frankfurt with 60 percent and the State of Hesse with 40 percent.
Numerous trade fairs take place regularly in Frankfurt and are mostly organized by Messe Frankfurt itself. However, Messe Frankfurt now organizes more than half of its trade fairs abroad. Messe Frankfurt divides the individual trade fair brands into thematically separated industry sectors:
The consumer goods sector includes the brands Ambiente, Beautyworld, Christmasworld, Creativeworld, Paperworld, Tendence, and Nordstil. Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound are located in the Entertainment, Media & Creative industries area. Mobility & Logistics includes the Automechanika exhibition brand with seventeen events worldwide as well as other events such as Hypermotion, Comtrans, Motobike Istanbul, Materials Handling Middle East and RailLog Korea. The brands Heimtextil, GREENshowroom, Ethical Fashion Show, Texworld, Techtextil, and Texprocess are assigned to the Textiles & Textile Technologies sector.
The technology and capital goods fairs encompass the Building Technologies, Safety, Security & Fire, Environmental Technologies, Food Technologies, Textile Care, Cleaning & Cleanroom Technologies, Electronics & Automation Technologies and Manufacturing Technologies & Components sectors. These include brands such as IFFA, Intersec, Intersec Forum, E2 Forum, ISH, Light + Building, Texcare, and Cleanzone.
Globally renowned guest fairs such as the Frankfurt Book Fair, IMEX and ACHEMA have been based in Frankfurt for decades. The portfolio also includes international events such as CPhI Worldwide, Food Ingredients Europe and Optatec.
Buildings and Architecture
Architects like Martin Schoenmakers, Oswald Mathias Ungers, Helmut Jahn, and Nicholas Grimshaw have given the Frankfurt exhibition center a face with their designs. The nucleus of Messe Frankfurt, the first exhibition hall and the oldest building is the Festhalle, completed in 1909, a self-supporting dome structure made of steel and glass. It was built in 23 months according to a design by the Munich architect Friedrich von Thiersch and is now a modern multifunctional hall.
Before and after the Second World War, the buildings on the Frankfurt exhibition grounds were mostly functional buildings, but with the Messe Torhaus (lit. “Exhibition Gatehouse”) in 1984, a phase of architecturally sophisticated new buildings began there. The first step in the reorganization of the site was taken in 1982 with the construction of Hall 9 and the Galleria. Hall 1 and the City Entrance were built at the end of the 1980s. The MesseTurm, completed in 1990, does not belong to Messe Frankfurt. In 1996 the Congress Center followed with the attached Maritim Hotel.
Expansion Towards the European District
With the acquisition of parts of the former freight yard, Messe Frankfurt has expanded and restructured its inner-city site in the south-west by around 11 hectares. Buildings such as Hall 3, the Forum, the new branch and the Cargo Center were built. In October 2007, Messe Frankfurt laid the foundation stone for the construction of the new exhibition hall 11 with the entrance building Portalhaus. The construction work was completed in July 2009. In 2014 the Operation & Security Center was put into operation, as well as a second congress center in the neighboring European District with the project Kap Europa. Hall 12 and the associated extension of Via Mobile West were completed on the western site in autumn 2018. The hall was put into operation with the Automechanika in mid-September and offers 33,600 square meters of ultra-modern and multifunctional event space on two hall levels. The hall forms the keystone in the development of the western area of Messe Frankfurt.
Messe Frankfurt is also planning a new trade fair site access directly from the European District. A new high-rise tower by cyrus moser architects is to be built at the new south entrance to the exhibition center site, which is also to be partially used by Messe Frankfurt.