Step-by-Step Rise to Global Player
Messe Düsseldorf has been operating for over half a century. What started in makeshift wooden premises in Düsseldorf city centre is now an internationally active company that is represented in all growth regions of the world.
Düsseldorf’s tradition as an exhibition venue goes back over 200 years. The first commercial exhibition was held in 1811 in the hall of the old government chancery where 14 exhibitors from the Bergisches Land presented their industrial products to their new ruler at the time, Napoleon I . The proximity to the Ruhr area and its location on the Rhine became increasingly important factors for Düsseldorf’s development as a fair venue in the course of industrialisation in the 19th century. In 1880, when the Rhine-Westphalian industry was only a few decades old, a million visitors were already coming to Düsseldorf for the exhibition.
Düsseldorf trade fairs – bridges to success
The “New Messe Stockum“
Launch into the third millennium: The Global Player
With the inauguration of the “New Hall 8b“ in Autumn 2007, the twelve halls that formerly existed have now grown to 19. This growth was and is no coincidence: years of experience in the fields of machinery, plant and equipment, commerce, crafts and services, medicine and health, fashion/ lifestyle, leisure and the tried and trusted trade fair concept have made Messe Düsseldorf a strong and competent fair organiser.
With the increasing globalisation of business, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH also sought new markets early on – and found them. The company exports its know-how and its service in key international markets from its Düsseldorf base. Together with strong partners, Messe Düsseldorf is represented in all growth regions of this world, with the concept it has successfully operated for over 50 years, namely the Fair Concept.
Messe Düsseldorf is active in China, India, Russia, ASEAN, the Americas and the Middle East. In addition, 77 international representative offices look after over 140 countries around the globe. The same principle also applies here: 40 years of foreign fair experience with more than 4,000 organised events all over the world stand for international competence.The Messe Düsseldorf GmbH group, with fourteen subsidiaries and holdings and forty fair events in Düsseldorf alone, is now one of the largest fair organisers worldwide.