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Trade Fairs in Germany
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Major Trade Fairs in Germany

General Information:

There are trade fair grounds (Messe) in over 20 German cities. In a year, over 130 international and national trade fairs take place in Germany. More than 140,000 exhibitors come to display their products. About 45% exhibitors are from foreign countries (largely dominated by EC and other European exhibitors). Asian exhibitors form about 15% of total foreign exhibitors. The German trade fairs attract about 9 million visitors, of which over 1.5 million come from outside Germany. Trade fairs in Germany are specialised and cater to specific products. Participation is expensive by Indian standard and thus adequate preparation and planning are necessary before participation. German trade fairs not only attract German visitors but also visitors from Europe and other continents. This is to be kept in mind while choosing the product range for display.

Practical tips:

-For a company participating for the first time in a German trade fair, one can consider participation under official umbrella, i.e. participation through one of the Export Promotion Councils. Exposure to German trade fair market will helpgaining experience for direct participation.

-Space/exhibition area is limited in most of the trade fairs. The deadline for booking space often ends 6-8 months before the commencement of the fair. Many exhibitors book it one year in advance, i.e. next year's booking is done while participating in the current years trade fair. Regarding space allocation, preference is always given to the regular participants.

-Hotel rents are invariably increased when a major trade fair takes place in a city. Accommodation usually gets booked in advance. Prior planning is necessary for booking accommodation, especially if one is looking for reasonably priced hotel/apartments. Hotel authorities invariably ask for advance payment or international credit card number for any booking during fair period. Tourismus + Congress GmbH, Frankfurt can arrange hotel rooms or private accommodation for fairs in Frankfurt (Contact: Tel: 0049-69-21230808, Fax:21240512, TCF.Info@frankfurt-main.de ).

-Catalogue entry: entry of a company's name in the official catalogue of the Messe is possible through payment. Entry with complete details, such as, stand no. and complete product range is an absolute must. German buyers are usually methodical and plan their visit to different stalls from the official catalogue (as per their product interest). This is more so because it might not be possible to visit all the stalls during the fair period.

-In a large trade fair, different halls are meant for displaying different products. One might find it attractive to display all kinds of products in one stall, in order to get maximum exposure. However, it might not be useful, as the visitors coming to a particular stall will only look for the products which are permitted to be displayed in a stall. Moreover, the visitors interested in other products (which are to be displayed in other halls) might not visit your hall as such.

-Stand construction and decoration are very important to attract passing visitors. Economising too much on this might not get enough visitors or business. Every trade fair organiser/Messe authority provides stand construction services. However, this will be slightly expensive and it is possible to find cheaper contractors. Readymade stalls (already constructed) are available in some fairs. Use of these will reduce construction cost.

-Arrangement for timely shipment of goods for display, custom clearance and insurance should be done to avoid last minute problem.

-Every trade fair organiser/Messe authority provides some basic information such as last year's catalogue, available press release, addresses of contractors and other agencies providing different services, possibility of booking of reasonable price accommodation through tourist office etc. Every exhibitor can access this information while booking space or thereafter.

-Other than catalogue entry, publicity at fair ground is possible through posters, display area etc. These are offered at a price and to be booked in advance. These can only publicise the name of the company, stand number and product range.

-Copying of design of display products is strictly prohibited. Every Messe authority permits a few designated photographers to take photograph within Messe ground / halls. Anybody not having such identity card should not be allowed to take photographs at your stand, as piracy might be the motive. Similarly, any exhibitor found copying others' design can be barred from displaying his products, if the Messe authorities receive genuine complaint against him.

-There are some environmental norms and safety measures (regarding inflammability /fire proofing) for stand decoration. These are to be strictly adhered to.

-Limited subsidy is available under IGEP/German aid for official participation in few selected fairs.

- Messe Frankfurt has an office in India. Companies applying for first time participation in Messe Frankfurt may consider contacting Messe Franfurt office in India.

Addresses of Trade Fair Authorities/Organisers

Messe Berlin GmbH
Messedamm 22
14055 Berlin
Tel:030/3038-0
Fax:030/3038-2220
Website: http://www.messe-berlin.de
e-mail: central@messe-berlin.de
Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
Messeplatz 1
40474 Düsseldorf
Tel:0211/4560-01
0211/4560-668
Website:http://www.messe-duesseldorf.de
e-mail:info@messe-duesseldorf.de

Messe Frankfurt GmbH
Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1
60327 Frankfurt/Main
Tel:069/7575-0
Fax:069/7575-6433
Website:http://www.messefrankfurt.come-mail:info@messefrankfurt.com 

Messe Frankfurt GmbH

Office in India 
Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd
71 Bajaj Bhavan,  Nariman Point
Mumbai 400021
Tel : 022-22021377, Fax : 022-22027243

Deutsche Messe AG
Messegelände
30521 Hannover
Tel: 0511/89-0
Fax: 0511/89-32626
Website:http://www.messe.de
e-mail: info@messe.de
Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH
St.Petersburger-Str.1 Messehaus
20355 Hamburg
Tel:040/3569-0
Fax:040/3569-2180
Website:http://www.hamburg-messe.de
e-mail: info@hamburg-messe.de
Messe München GmbH
Messegelände
80323 München
Tel:089/949-01
Fax:089/949-20729
Website:http://www.messe-muenchen.de
e-mail: newsline@messe-muenchen.de

Köln Messe GmbH
Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln (Cologne)
Tel:0221/821-0
Fax:0221/821-2574
Website:http://www.koelnmesse.de  
e-mail:info@koelnmesse.de

Messe- und Veranstaltungsgesellschaft Pirmasens mbH
Messegelände
66953 Pirmasens
Tel:06331/5533-00
Fax:06331/65758
Website: http://www.messe-pirmasens.de
e-mail: plw@messe-pirmasens.de
Nürnberg Messe GmbH
Messezentrum
90471 Nürnberg
Tel:0911/8606-0
Fax:0911/8606-8228
Website:http://www.nuernbergmesse.de
e-mail: info@nuernbergmesse.de

Offenbacher Messe-GmbH
Kaiserstr.108-112
63065 Offenbach/Main
Tel:069-829755-0
Fax:069-829755-60
Website: http://www.messe-offenbach.dee-mail:info@messe-offenbach.de 

Leipziger Messe GmbH
Messe-Allee 1
04356 Leipzig
Tel:0341-678-0
Fax:0341-678-8762   
Website:http://www.leipziger-messe.de
e-Mail :info@leipziger-messe.de  

Ausstellungs-und Messe GmbH
des Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels
Reineckstr.3
60313 Frankfurt/Main
Tel:069/2102-0
Fax:069/2102-227
Website:http://www.frankfurt-book-fair.com
e-mail :info@book-fair.com
DECHEMA Dt.Gesselschaft für Chemisches Apparatewesen, Chem.Technik u.Biotechnologie e.V.Messe Berlin GmbH
Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25
60486 Frankfurt/Main
Tel:069/7564-0
Fax:069/7564-201
Website:http://www.dechema.de
e-mail: info@dechema.de

Igedo-Internationale Modemesse Kronen GmbH & Co.KG
Stockumer Kirchstr.61
40474 Düsseldorf
Tel:0211/4396-01
Fax:0211/4396-345 Website:http://www.igedo.com
e-mail:info@igedo.com

Spielwarenmesse eG
Münchener Str.330
90471 Nürnberg
Tel:0911/99813-0
Fax:0911/869660
Website: http://www.toyfair.de
e-mail:info@spielwarenmesse.de
Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V.(VDA)
Westendstr.61
60325 Frankfurt/Main
Tel:069/97507-0
Fax:069/97507-261
Website: http://www.iaa.de
e-mail: info@iaa.de

Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinen-fabriken e.V. - VDW
Corneliusstr.4
60325 Frankfurt/Main
Tel:069/756081-0
Fax:069/7411574       Website:http://www.vdw.de 
e-mail:messe@vdw.de

Trade Fairs in the jurisdiction of CGI Frankfurt 2015

Place Date Event
Frankfurt January, 14-17 Heimtextil, International Trade Fair for Home Textiles
  January, 30- February, 3 Christmasworld / Paperworld / Creativeworld
  February, 13-17 Ambiente – International Trade Fair for Consumer Goods
  March, 10-14 ISH (World Fair for the Bathroom Experience, Building Services)
  April, 15-18 Musikmesse (Trade Fair for the World of Music) / Prolight +Sound
  May, 4-7 Texprocess / Techtextil
  May, 19-21 IMEX – Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meeting & Events
  June, 15-19 Achema – World Forum for Chemical Engineering
  August, 29 – September, 1 Tendence – International Trade Fair for Consumer Goods
  September, 17-27 IAA – International Motor Show
  October, 14-18 Frankfurt Book Fair
  October 29 – November, 1 Kreativ Welt – Creative Show
  December, 1-3 Euro ID/ID World – Intern. Exhibition &Conference for Identification
Cologne January, 19-25 IMM Cologne/Living Interiors – The International Furnishing Show
  February, 1-4 ISM / Pro Sweets Cologne – International Sweets & Biscuits Fair
  February, 8-10 Spoga horse (Spring)- International Trade Fair for Equestrian Sports
  March, 03-05 Asia-Pacific Sourcing – Products for Home and Garden from Far East
  March, 10-14 IDS – International Dental Show
  March, 24-27 Anuga Food Tec – International Supplier Fair for the Food & Drink Ind.
  March, 27-29 h+h Cologne – International Trade Fair for Handicraft + Hobby
  May, 5-8 Interzum – Intern. Fair for Furniture & Interior Constr. Ind. Supplying Sections
  June, 24-25 Chemspec Europe – Fine & Speciality Chemicals Fair
  August, 30- September, 1 Spoga horse / spoga gafa (autumn) 
  September, 24-26 Eu’Vend & Coffeena – International Vending & Coffee Fair
  October, 10-14 Anuga – Trade Fair for the Global Food Industry
  October, 27-30 FSB – International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports & Pool Facilities
Düsseldorf February, 4-6 GDS (Winter) / Tag it! – International Shoes and Accessories Fair
  March, 15-17 Pro Wein – International Trade Fair for Wines & Spirits
  June, 16 - 20 GIFA/METEC/NEWCAST/THERMPROCESS – Foundry / Metallurgical/Precision Castings / Thermo Process Technology Trade  Fair
  July, 29 – 31 GDS (Summer) / Tag it! – International Shoes and Accessories Fair
  September, 22-25 Euromold – International Trade Fair for Moldmaking
  October, 14-17 REHACARE – Trade Fair for Rehabilitation
  November, 16-19 MEDICA/COMPAMED
Dortmund September, 18-20 Inter-Tabac – International Meeting Point for the Tobacco Branch
Offenbach February, 27 - March, 1 ILM Winter Styles – International Leather Goods Fair
  September, 12-14 ILM Summer Styles – International Leather Goods Fair
  November, 18-19 India Leather Days

Preview: Trade Fairs in the jurisdiction of CGI Frankfurt 2016

Place Date Event
Frankfurt January, 13-16 Heimtextil, International Trade Fair for Home Textiles
  January, 29- February, 2 Christmasworld / Paperworld / Creativeworld
  February, 12-16 Ambiente – International Trade Fair for Consumer Goods
  March, 13-18 Light + Building – Trade Fair for Architecture & Technology
  April, 19-21 IMEX – Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meeting & Events
  June, 11-15 Texcare International
  August, 27-30 Tendence – International Trade Fair for Consumer Goods
  September, 13-17 Automechanika – International Trade Fair for the Automotive Industry
  October, 19-23 Frankfurt Book Fair
Cologne January, 18-24 IMM Cologne/Living Interiors – The International Furnishing Show
  January, 31-February, 3 ISM / Pro Sweets Cologne – International Sweets & Biscuits Fair
  February Spoga horse (Spring)- International Trade Fair for Equestrian Sports
  March, 06-08 Practical World – International Hardware Fair
  March, 18-20 h+h Cologne – International Trade Fair for Handicraft + Hobby
  September, 20-25 Photokina – World of Imaging
Düsseldorf February, 10-12 GDS (Winter) / Tag it! – International Shoes and Accessories Fair
  February, 23-27 METAV – Intern. Fair for Manufacturing Technology & Automation
  March, 13-15 Pro Wein – International Trade Fair for Wines & Spirits
  April, 4-8 Tube/Wire Fair
  May, 31 – June, 10 Drupa - International Trade Fair for Print and Crossmedia Solutions
  July GDS (Summer) / Tag it! – International Shoes and Accessories Fair
  September, 20-23 Glasstec – The World of Glass
  September, 28 - October, 1 REHACARE – Trade Fair for Rehabilitation
  October, 19-26 K – International Trade Fair for Plastics & Rubber
  November, 14-17 MEDICA/COMPAMED
  November, 29-December, 1 Aluminium
  November, 29-December, 1 Valve World Expo
Dortmund September Inter-Tabac – International Meeting Point for the Tobacco Branch
Offenbach February ILM Winter Styles – International Leather Goods Fair
  September ILM Summer Styles – International Leather Goods Fair
  November India Leather Days

 

 

 
 
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