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At home in global markets

15 Dec 2021

For over 30 years, Messe Frankfurt has been active in growth markets worldwide with its sector expertise. The Group’s events outside Germany allow SMEs in particular to gain a foothold in emerging markets. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a powerful global network consisting of 30 subsidiaries and more than 50 sales partners serving some 190 countries.

Based on the successful flagship events at its Frankfurt base, the company is present for its customers at some 50 locations with its brands and brand families, using the familiar product groups and nomenclature. With customised solutions and concepts, the individual events are coordinated in terms of schedule and geographic location in the various regions. For instance, Automechanika in Buenos Aires, Light Middle East in Dubai and Prolight + Sound Guangzhou offer exhibitors and visitors the same high quality standards as their respective parent events in Frankfurt. The success of this model can be seen in the fact that many of our foreign events are the second- or third-largest in their respective sectors worldwide – the largest being the corresponding flagship event at our Frankfurt base.

In Asia, Messe Frankfurt is one of the few foreign trade fair companies that, by means of a number of subsidiaries, is in a position to organise trade fairs throughout China as well as in India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Hong Kong is the headquarters of Asian holding company Messe Frankfurt H.K., from where the entire Asian business is run. The Group is the largest trade fair organiser in China with some 50 events as well as being the largest offshoot of a German trade fair company. With more than 20 events to its credit, Messe Frankfurt is also the largest organiser in India.

Messe Frankfurt’s activities outside Germany have a positive effect on its events in Frankfurt. More than three-quarters of exhibitors and over half of visitors to the Group’s events come from outside Germany. This international component is well above average in the trade fair sector.

In financial year 2021, Messe Frankfurt had to contend with the effects of the pandemic for the second time. Once again, this severely disrupted the Group’s growth, which had been stable up to 2019. Owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing travel restrictions and quarantine regulations, physical events around the world were cancelled or restricted locally. Events under the Messe Frankfurt umbrella had to be Page 2 cancelled or postponed. A series of events were held as additional digital formats or as hybrid events.

Messe Frankfurt subsidiaries abroad


Established in

Japan: Messe Frankfurt Japan Ltd., Tokyo,

1990 Messe Frankfurt K.K.; 2000 Merger Mesago Japan Corp.;

2018 Messe Frankfurt Japan Ltd.


USA: Messe Frankfurt Inc., Atlanta


China: Messe Frankfurt (H.K.), Ltd., Hong Kong incl. the companies Messe Frankfurt Shanghai Co. Ltd.

Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Ltd. and Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd.


India: Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai


Italy: Messe Frankfurt Italia, Srl., Milan


Turkey: Messe Frankfurt Istanbul L.S., Istanbul


Korea: Messe Frankfurt Korea Ltd., Seoul


Mexico: Messe Frankfurt Mexico S. de R. L. de C.V., Mexico City


France: Messe Frankfurt France S. A. S., Paris


United Arab Emirates: Messe Frankfurt Middle East GmbH, Dubai


Russian Federation: 0.0.0. Messe Frankfurt RUS, Moscow


Argentina: Indexport Messe Frankfurt, S. A., Buenos Aires


Asia: Messe Frankfurt Asia Holding Ltd. Hong Kong, with:

         Messe Frankfurt Shanghai Co. Ltd.

         Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd.

         Messe Frankfurt Japan Ltd.

         Messe Frankfurt Korea Ltd.

         Messe Frankfurt (H.K.) Ltd.

         Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co. Ltd., Guangzhou

         Messe Frankfurt Shenzhen Co. Ltd., Shenzhen

         Guangzhou Li Tong Messe Frankfurt Co. Ltd., Guangzhou

         Messe Frankfurt Traders-Link (Beijing) Co. Ltd., Beijing (70%)











Africa: Messe Frankfurt South Africa (Pty) Ltd., Johannesburg


Russian Federation: 0.0.0. ITEMF Expo, Moscow


United Kingdom of Great Britain: Messe Frankfurt UK Ltd.,



USA: PE Events LLC, Atlanta


Germany: Fairnamic GmbH