The trade fair company and the exhibition grounds were established in the 1920s
In these years trade fairs were brought in line with National Socialist ideology.
After rapid reconstruction the first post war trade fairs were held as early as 1947.
Koelnmesse is focusing more and more on specialized trade fairs.
Modernization and expansion: continuouses grow in the 60s and 70s.
Koelnmesse is a recognized organzier of trade fairs with global impact.
The congress business becomes increasinggly important.
Globalization of world markets is also affecting the trade fair business.
Now Koelnmesse has the fifth-largest exhibition grounds in the world.