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26/11/2019 Leipziger Messe

Leipziger Messe expands its portfolio

The Leipziger Messe Group of Companies can look at 2019 with pride and as a year characterised by a packed calendar of events and strong business for its subsidiaries. They are now expanding their portfolio of trade shows and building on existing strengths.

"Leipziger Messe has had a successful year, thanks to the expertise of the entire group of companies. This is clear from our subsidiaries' encouraging developments and our sixth award as the service champion of the German trade show industry," concludes Chief Executive Officer Martin Buhl-Wagner. "Our aim is to consistently expand our portfolio in line with the thematic focuses we have already established. In 2019, we were able to place further emphasis on these fields, and we will continue to focus clearly on this configuration into 2020," adds Chief Executive Officer Markus Geisenberger.

An example of this is the Leipziger Messe's focus on expanding the therapy conferences. therapie HAMBURG, the regional offshoot of therapie Leipzig, celebrated an extremely successful premiere. Market leaders in the sector, as well as start-ups, were delighted with the trade fair, which will be held again next year. In the wake of this year's launch in Bochum, the therapy conferences are also further strengthening their position in North Rhine-Westphalia and will be launched in Düsseldorf in 2020. Furthermore, the music experience trade show musicpark made its debut, presenting musical instruments in all shapes and sizes that the visitors could try out for themselves. Attendees, exhibitors and the media alike all responded very positively to the first edition. The Leipziger Messe's portfolio of events will be extended to include the expo PetroTrans, which furthers business as an organiser at other trade fair locations. The trade show for fuel logistics has established itself as an international business platform with steadily growing numbers of exhibitors and visitors as well as an expanded exhibition area. In 2020, it will take place for the ninth time in Kassel from 1 to 3 October.

SUPER 6 Service Champion

Winning the Service Champion title was not left to chance, but rather the result of goal-oriented expertise in service. For the sixth time in a row, Leipziger Messe is delighted to be "Number 1" in the German Trade Show industry.

Review of Events from the Second Half of 2019

The second half of this year was a seamless continuation of the strong first half and began with an established trio of trade shows, CADEAUX, MIDORA and unique 4+1. A new E-Commerce Campus was established as part of the trade fairs for the first time. The well-attended series of events were tailored to specialist retailers planning to start doing business online and will be continued in 2020. The International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology brought experts in ruminant physiology from all over the world together in the KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo Leipzig. The MEDCARE congress, the trade fair for clinical and non-clinical patient care, registered further growth and is establishing itself as a leading advanced training event in Central Germany. Taking place in tandem over three days, efa and HIVOLTEC were all about innovation and groundbreaking technologies in the fields of electrical and construction engineering. Exhibitors were satisfied with the electrical industry's most important trade fair in Central Germany. The fourth edition of CosmeticBusiness Poland convinced visitors with the largest and most extensive exhibition to date. A total of 300 exhibitors and representatives in association with HCPI presented the entire cosmetics supply chain. model-hobby-spiel attracted a total of 99,200 visitors to its 24th edition, covering 90,000 square metres and featuring 620 exhibitors with innovations in model making, technology, games and do-it-yourself markets. The new skate, scooter and BMX action event Funsport Park celebrated a successful premiere in the Glass Hall. The World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) recorded record numbers of visitors. Around 4,400 participants from 97 countries travelled to Kobe in Japan to learn about the latest developments in orthopaedic treatment and care. The event also boosts Leipzig's medical trade shows. This years Designers' Open for the first time focused on a theme, "DO! FUTURE MATTER", in both the exhibition and the supporting programme. The third year of hospitality trade show ISS GUT! closed with a record attendance: attracting 10,000 visitors for the first time. The trade show recorded growth of around a third, both in terms of exhibitors and visitors. This success was largely driven by cooperation with wholesale group Service-Bund, who hosted the FOODSpecial at ISS GUT! for the first time. The fourth specialist conference on the protection of critical infrastructures, protekt, was very positively received. A new record number of more than 260 critical infrastructures operators, as well as experts and solution providers, exchanged information on challenges and security concepts. BGMpro opened its doors in Leipzig for the second time. The trade show and congress for occupational health management was accompanied by the new event WORKplus - Neues Arbeiten erleben (Experience the New Work). Here, the focus was on new approaches to office design, management and communication, as well as attracting and retaining new employees.

Coming in 2020

2020 begins with a pair of wild events. From 16 to 19 January, Leipziger Tierärztekongress's vetexpo and PARTNER PFERD will exhibit at Leipziger Messe, and put animals in the limelight. A record amount of floorspace has already been booked for the 10th Leipziger Tierärztekongress with vetexpo, and the number of participants compared to the previous event has increased. PARTNER PFERD's figures are also looking good. The upcoming DreamHack Leipzig takes place from 24 to 26 January and will for the first time be a stage for a major tournament. In its 13th season, the prestigious DreamLeague tournament series will land at the gaming festival and host the first Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Major in 2020: DreamLeague Season 13 - The Leipzig Major. Visitors can really look forward to the international Dota 2 elite. 16 teams from Europe, America and Asia will compete for one million US dollars. The crowd pleaser HAUS-GARTEN-FREIZEIT is open from 15 to 23 February and fills the Glass Hall with "The Magic of Russia". It will be complemented by the mitteldeutsche handwerksmesse and Beach & Boat from 20 to 23 February. On 1 March, the Leipziger Messe will host Floriga for the first time, which has been the most important event in the environmentalist calendar in Central Germany for the past 25 years. The previous organiser, Fördergesellschaft Gartenbau Sachsen, will now be acting as the conceptual partner. The industry forum for gardening, floristry, techniques & ambience takes place alongside CADEAUX Leipzig in spring. Around 130 exhibitors and 2000 trade visitors are expected. The Leipzig Book Fair, its reading festival Leipzig liest and the Manga Comic-Con will transform the city once again into a Mecca for literature, discourse and discussion between 12 - 15 March. From 29 to 30 April, BGMpro will be held for a second time in Cologne. From 12 to 15 May, OTWorld will be charting a course towards optimum provision of medical aids for people all over the world, with many start-ups coming with new ideas. More than half of the 550 exhibitors will be premiering products and further developments from around the world. The TAR-Conference provides a glimpse into the future of rehabilitation. With 85 per cent of the exhibitor space already booked, all the signs point to a successful year for CosmeticBusiness on 17 and 18 June in Munich.

Subsidiaries Doing Good Business

2019 has been a successful year for the congress department at the Leipziger Messe. The KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo Leipzig's fourth year has been its best year so far. Highlights of 2019 included the green meetings and events conference, the Louis Braille Festival and, in the field of science the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Angiologie's (German Society for Angiology's) annual conference. Next year's key events at the Congress Center Leipzig will comprise major congresses in the fields of pneumology, nuclear medicine and urology as well as the DSAG annual conference. FAIRNET recorded growth across the board in 2019. They created a number of customised brand appearances for new customers and there were more orders for such work at international trade fair venues. FAIRNET also accompanied Leipziger Messe events to other locations in Germany. The Düsseldorf office has been expanded in response to this positive development. In addition to their year-round presence at trade fairs, congresses and events at Leipziger Messe venues, fairgourmet's successful business year was also bolstered by a rise in the number of special events drawing catering professionals to the region. The company is investing both in its own future and the future of the industry with its new apprenticeship programmes. Successful premieres such as BioOst as well as growth in established guest exhibitions, high-profile events and new formats have contributed to a successful year of guest events at the Leipziger Messe. Plethora of music is in store for HALLE:EINS in 2020. Leipziger Messe International (LMI) achieved positive growth in all its own events abroad, with a record number of cooperative appearances (a total of 45 on behalf of federal ministries and federal states). LMI hosted the Russian Forum on Prosthetics & Orthotics (RFPO) in Moscow for the second time in June and was supported by new partners. At the ISPO World Congress in Kobe, they were responsible for exhibitor support, the German collective stand, as well as the construction of standard stalls. The trade shows for restoration, monument protection and museum technology in Shanghai and Moscow surpassed all expectations, with both Heritage Preservation International (HPI) and denkmal Russia-Moscow concluding with increases in exhibitor and visitor numbers. The team at MaxicoM GmbH Euro-Asia Business Center Leipzig will be looking after 65 companies over a total rental area of 13,572 square metres at the end of the year.

About Leipziger Messe

Leipziger Messe is one of the ten leading German trade fair companies and one of the top 50 worldwide. It organises events in Leipzig and at various locations in Germany and abroad. With its five subsidiaries and the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL), Leipziger Messe is a comprehensive service provider covering the entire chain of the events business. Thanks to this offer, customers and visitors voted Leipziger Messe - for the sixth time in a row - the service champion of the trade fair industry in Germany's largest service ranking in 2019. The Leipzig fairgrounds comprise an exhibition area of 111,900 m² and an open-air exhibition area of 70,000 m². Every year, around 260 events take place – from trade fairs, exhibitions and congresses to events – with over 15,500 exhibitors and around 1.2 million visitors from all over the world. Leipzig was the first German trade fair company to be certified according to the Green Globe standards. Sustainability is a recurring theme in the Leipziger Messe's corporate activities.


Dr. Andreas Knaut
Portraitfotografie Andreas Knaut
Corporate Spokesperson and Head of Communications
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