NürnbergMesse Group achieves new record revenue

"The NürnbergMesse Group will close 2012 with a record revenue level of some 220 million euros. All divisions will set new records, which makes the strongest financial year ever in our company history an even more brilliant achievement, " emphasize Dr. Roland Fleck and Peter Ottmann, Managing Directors of NürnbergMesse. With group revenue up by some 7 per cent over 2010, a more comparable year in terms of the event programme, the managing directors expect the annual financial statement to show a profit that will more than compensate for the loss in the financial year 2011. The coming year 2013, with a lower volume of business due to event cycles in the odd years, is geared mainly to the Indian subcontinent for NürnbergMesse, because NürnbergMesse India PVT Ltd., the group's fifth subsidiary abroad, will be founded in New Delhi in spring next year.

Of the altogether 169 exhibitions, congresses, public events and company events in the NürnbergMesse Group's portfolio for 2012, particularly the new record for net space sold leads to the largest annual revenue in the history of the company: approx. 29,400 exhibitors (2010: 28,850) with a net space of more than 984,000 m² (2010: 946,031 m²) and some 1.36 million visitors (2010: 1.35 million). A decisive factor for this year's development is the significant increase in the international shares. The number of international visitors rose by eight per cent to 215,000, and the share of international exhibitors also climbed by eight per cent to more than 11,300, which accounts for just under 40 per cent of the total number of exhibitors. The international net space rose by nine per cent to 274,000 m².

But 2012 is not only marked by outstanding figures. For the first time, six new events at once extended the portfolio of the NürnbergMesse Group. In addition to two new exhibitions at the Nürnberg location – Enforce Tac and RemaDays – another four new exhibitions took place on other continents: These covered the spectrum from beverage technology (InterBev, USA) and the pet industry (Mexico Pet Expo, Mexico, and PET Rio VET, Brazil) to the automotive industry (FISITA, China).

Three of the pillars of the Nürnberg exhibition centre have been secured this year: "First the skeleton agreement with the Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair has been extended until 2021. Second a new contract was concluded with the Biogas Fachverband e. V. (German Biogas Association) for three more BIOGAS exhibitions. Third Wolfgang Marzin, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Frankfurt, confirmed before SPS IPC Drives 2012 that the exhibition will remain in Nürnberg permanently. This is a clear signal to the industry and market and to the exhibition industry, " says Dr. Roland Fleck, NürnbergMesse boss.

The extension of the contract with Spielwarenmesse eG is linked with the construction of the new hall 3A in the south-east of the exhibition site. This makes three things possible for NürnbergMesse: the extension of the display space to 170,000 m² in future, the provision of the necessary development potential for large and growth-intensive events like the International Toy Fair, the exhibition duo fensterbau/frontale and HOLZ-HANDWERK, and prospectively SPS IPC Drives too. "At the same time, NürnbergMesse with the support of Zaha Hadid Architects is setting an architectural milestone for the company and the whole Metropolitan Region, " says Managing Director Peter Ottmann.

Some of the international exhibitions at NürnbergMesse take a scheduled break in the coming year. The revenue will accordingly drop to around 180 million euros, which will then be the third best figure after the two record years of 2010 and 2012. Irrespective of this drop in revenue due to the event programme, the exhibitions that take place in 2013 are developing positively. Of the larger exhibitions in the first half-year, the outlook for the European Coatings SHOW is particularly encouraging. Of the smaller events, FeuerTRUTZ stands out with its two-figure growth in the number of exhibitors, and the premiere of the Automotive Engineering Expo AEE in June will extend the automotive cluster in the portfolio of NürnbergMesse. The Guest Events Division has also acquired many new events for the Nürnberg exhibition and convention centre. These include gat/wat 2013 – gasfachliche und wasserfachliche Aussprachetagung, the exhibition and congress for gas and water, with some 200 exhibitors and about 1,500 exhibition and congress visitors, and the DFB Bundestag, the conference of the highest body in the German Football Association, which takes place every three years and now for the first time in Nürnberg.

At the international level, an exhibition for automotive engineering and manufacturing will start in Peking. NürnbergMesse China has already organized the exhibition accompanying the FISITA World Congress in 2012. The World Congress moves on, but the exhibition is to be established permanently in the Chinese market under a new name.

NürnbergMesse is one of the 20 largest exhibition companies in the world and among the Top Ten in Europe.The portfolio covers some 120 national and international exhibitions and congresses and approx. 40 sponsored pavilions at the Nürnberg location and worldwide. Every year, around 30,000 exhibitors (international share: 39 %) and up to 1.4 million visitors (international share of trade visitors: 22 %) participate in the own, partner and guest events of the NürnbergMesse Group, which is present with subsidiaries in China, North America, Brazil and Italy.The group also has a network of 47 representatives operating in 98 countries.

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