Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. For some 800 years, we have been bringing people together at our events, both in Frankfurt and throughout the world. Whether with our trade fairs, congresses or other events, with digital or analogue services – everything we do has always been focused on interaction between people. This is something that we have perfected throughout our long history. As a reliable partner to individual sectors, Messe Frankfurt creates innovative network platforms. Every year, we organise some 150 trade fairs in Frankfurt and at many other locations around the world.
With more than 2,600 employees at 30 locations, we work virtually around the clock and around the globe to further the interests of our customers. Some 4.5 million visitors and 100,000 exhibitors put their trust in the efficiency of our international network and in the quality of our events.
Messe Frankfurt brings together future trends with new technologies, people with markets, and supply with demand. Where different perspectives and industry sectors come together, we create scope for new collaborations, projects and business models.
The business operations of Messe Frankfurt are conducted by the two companies Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH & Co. KG and Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. The bracket surrounding the two independent 100% subsidiaries is formed by the holding company Messe Frankfurt GmbH, which controls the activities of the two companies. The holding company, Messe Frankfurt Venue and Messe Frankfurt Exhibition are run by one Executive Board.
Acting as a holding company, Messe Frankfurt GmbH is responsible for strategic control and overall coordination of the Messe Frankfurt corporate group. The holding company also provides financial resources and acts internally as an investor whose decisions are based on strategic criteria and long-term profit expectations. The shares of the holding company are held by the two public shareholders: city of Frankfurt (60 per cent), state of Hesse (40 per cent).
Messe Frankfurt GmbH controls the activities of the two independent 100% subsidiaries Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH & Co. KG and Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. The holding company, Messe Frankfurt Venue and Messe Frankfurt Exhibition are run by one Executive Board.
Messe Frankfurt Holding's areas of responsibility:
- Central purchasing
- Corporate auditing
- Corporate communications & marketing
- Group controlling
- Corporate design
- Corporate development & organisation
- Corporate research
- Human resources management
- Finance & accounting
- Information management
- Legal affairs
- Subsidiary management / mergers & acquisitions
Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH is responsible for event management and operates as a private trade fair operating company without its own exhibition grounds. It is the main lessee of Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH. The company supervises all own events as well as all domestic and foreign subsidiaries that organise trade fairs. The company is also responsible for managing the worldwide brands of Messe Frankfurt as well as developing new exhibition themes.
To consolidate and expand the strategic position in the Asian region, Messe Frankfurt Asia Holding Ltd. was established at the end of 2003 as a management holding. Its mission is to consolidate and control the trade fair activities of all the Asian subsidiaries.
Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH & Co. KG's mission is to manage the technical and services side of events, to market the exhibition centre including the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt and the Festhalle to guest organisers and to assure the maintenance and further expansion of the exhibition complex.
The service companies Messe Frankfurt Medien und Service GmbH and Accente Gastronomie Service GmbH also fall under the management of Messe Frankfurt Venue GmbH & Co. KG.
The Consumer Goods & Leisure business field is concerned with products and ideas that make life easier and more pleasant. This wide range includes tableware, household goods, innovative products for the kitchen, arts and crafts ideas and materials, gift ideas for every occasion, decorations for the home, office fixtures, trendy furniture and furnishings, and home design and decoration concepts. This enormous diversity is what sets apart the sector and our business field – locally, nationally and globally.
Under the umbrella of Consumer Goods & Leisure, Messe Frankfurt combines some of the leading trade fair formats in the international consumer goods sector – not only at its Frankfurt base, but also in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Every year, retailers and wholesalers come together with producers, designers and industry newcomers at our 20-plus consumer goods fairs in order to absorb and discuss the latest trends, to interact with other players and to seek inspiration. Leading Frankfurt-based events Ambiente, Tendence, Paperworld, Christmasworld and Creativeworld – together with worldwide trade fairs such as Beautyworld, Interior Lifestyle and Interpets – serve as international platforms for generating orders and providing inspiration for over 13,500 exhibitors and more than half a million trade visitors annually.