Annual Report

Power meets

It is the special encounters that make the trade fair business what it is, not just today but at the first Cologne trade fair of the modern era, in 1924. That is because the success of our trade fairs lies in the quality of the encounter. That is what you will find in our Annual Report 2018 (.pdf) .

Vision meets World

Industry expertise makes successful trade fairs. It lets us offer our customers complete markets: domestically and abroad, at all levels of value creation, spanning all the relevant topics and products. Koelnmesse develops and networks new markets worldwide: in Europe, Asia and South America, in more than 100 countries, with experience, expertise and good employees.

Confidence meets Future

Construction is under way here. Modernisation. Investment. “Koelnmesse 3.0” is the most comprehensive future project of all time for the trade fair grounds in Cologne. Around 700 million euro will be invested in the quality of stay and events by 2030, whether in existing structures or in new halls with new possibilities. Hall 1plus, the multifunctional Confex®, the terminal as a space for meeting and connecting: They are perfectly tailored to the requirements of organisers, exhibitors and visitors – and to the trade fair business of the future.

Mission meets Player

Koelnmesse stages communication. This happens anew at every event: live and creative, always in line with the needs of the industries, innovatively oriented around the wishes of exhibitors and visitors, in emotional experience spaces. Koelnmesse creates new event formats and produces new meeting places: pure trade fair, special event or conference + exhibition – just the way exhibitors and visitors need it.

Virtual meets Reality

Digitalisation occurs in the mind – and in trade fair activity. New services for exhibitors and visitors, optimised processes for tailor-made trade fair management, lead tracking, digital signage and indoor navigation are all part of this effort. The trade fair of tomorrow has different requirements. Digitalisation gives us the opportunity to meet them. Already today.

Innovator meets incube8

From the idea to the creative playing field: “incube8” is the name of the digital campus in the heart of trade fair activity in Cologne. With incube8, Koelnmesse provides important space for good ideas and builds a bridge between established companies and newcomers. This is where start-ups from the sector worlds represented at Koelnmesse make their way into the market. This benefits all parties involved, boosts the economy and creates a new performance dimension at Koelnmesse.