【DE】NürnbergMesse: born in Nuremberg, grew up in Europe, at home in the world


NürnbergMesse is one of the 15 largest exhibition companies in the world. It comprises NürnbergMesse GmbH and its 15 subsidiaries and affiliates.The company employs more than 1,000 people at eleven locations in Germany, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Greece, Austria and the USA. NürnbergMesse Group also has a network of international representatives operating in more than 100 countries. The portfolio covers some 120 national and international exhibitions and congresses in analogue, hybrid or digital form. Every year, about 35,000 exhibitors (international share: 44%) and up to 1.5 million visitors (international share of trade visitors: 26%) participate in the own, partner and guest events of the NürnbergMesse Group.


It is the people, their ideas and products, which have made NürnbergMesse a globally successful exhibition company. This success story is at the same time a mandate for action for the future. It is their claim to deliver the decisive impulse for their customers’ business. Because with their events it is particularly their guests from abroad which make a trade fair into a world-leading trade fair in the first place. Every year, about 35,000 exhibitors (international share: 44%) and up to 1.5 million visitors (international share of trade visitors: 26%) participate in the own, partner and guest events staged by the NürnbergMesse Group, which is present with subsidiary companies in China, North America, Brazil, Italy, India and Greece. Worldwide, the NürnbergMesse Group has a network of 45 representative agencies which are active in 103 countries.


The success story of NürnbergMesse

To the top very quickly

Although NürnbergMesse is just 40 years old, its dynamic corporate development is breath-taking and unparalleled. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain no German trade fair company has grown at a faster rate in Germany. In terms of turnover alone there has been a 20-fold increase since 1989. Today, Nuremberg and its exhibition company benefit from the reclaimed central location in Germany and Europe. Worldwide, NürnbergMesse is now among the 15 largest exhibition companies in the world.

NürnbergMesse is founded 1974

Turnover: 2.5 m Euro

Number of employees: 15

NürnbergMesse takes its first steps at its new Langwasser site – in honeycomb-shaped halls. In competition with the “big” exhibition companies, NürnbergMesse plays a minor role at best. The infrastructure is set up intelligently, however: A local underground railway station just outside the door, plenty of parking spaces and good accessibility to motorways offer the company an opportunity to get off to a good start.


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The fall of the Berlin Wall and its consequences


Turnover: 15.6 m Euro

Number of employees: over 50

Fifteen years later: The Iron Curtain falls and Nuremberg is suddenly located in the centre of Europe. The traditional trade channels to Central and Eastern Europe are opened, and Nuremberg regains its pivotal role as a trade platform. The recipe for success is as follows: Cooperate with customers and competitors, occupy niche markets professionally and allow themes to grow organically.

The result: In the next 25 years, NürnbergMesse’s turnover is multiplied by a factor of 15 and the company becomes one of the top 10 in Europe in its industry.


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NürnbergMesse becomes a congress venue


Turnover: 41.5 m Euro

Number of employees: over 100

Exhibitions and congresses – a combination that works! NürnbergMesse opens the first of what would later become three congress centres. The added value available to customers is a 360° content view which is offered alongside the conventional exhibition part of the business.

In addition, Nuremberg establishes itself as an attractive event city that offers good quality of life as well as successful events. Visitors from abroad in particular see Nuremberg as an exceptional conference location that impresses with its historic old town, extensive range of restaurants and wide variety of cultural events. NürnbergMesse and the Nuremberg Convention and Tourist Office amalgamate in 2011 and develop the umbrella brand “NürnbergConvention”.


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NürnbergMesse becomes an international company


Turnover: 125 m Euro

Number of employees: over 250

The push towards “internationalisation”: NürnbergMesse begins to set up subsidiaries around the world and creates a global presence for itself with over 100 international representatives. Today there are subsidiaries in China, North America, Brazil, Italy and India. NürnbergMesse organises events across the planet that complement the portfolio hosted in Nuremberg excellently. The benefits for customers are obvious: They can enter new markets straight away and improve their sales prospects – and get all this at NürnbergMesse’s proven quality standards. And the story goes on …


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The new hall, hall 3A


Turnover: 229 m Euro

Number of employees: over 600

Star architect Zaha Hadid from London designs the new jewel of the exhibition venue. Hall 3A impresses customers, exhibitors and trade visitors, and exceeds all expectations in just its first year. The new exhibition hall has a significant effect on NürnbergMesse’s growth and acts as the company’s “turbocharger”. Hall 3A is not only an architectural highlight, but also an excellent example of energy efficiency, and it is the first exhibition in the world to receive the German Sustainable Building Council’s (DGNB) Gold Award because of that.


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Their portfolio: exhibitions, congresses and events

The portfolio covers some 120 national and international exhibitions and congresses and approx. 40 sponsored pavilions at the Nürnberg location and worldwide.


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They are an experienced organiser and host of national and international exhibitions and trade fairs, and work together to create tailored solutions for all sorts of industries. As your organiser, they will of course offer you their support too. They will devise individualised concepts for you and coordinate all the services relevant to your event, such as logistics, technology and the trades our professional service partners work in.

Own events: three examples stand for the many international trade fairs organised by NürnbergMesse


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FACHPACK is the European trade fair for packaging, technology and processing. Over a compact three-day schedule in Nuremberg, it presents its extensive range of solutions for the packaging process chain for industrial and consumer goods.

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With a unique trade fair portfolio from the segments of packaging materials and supplies, packaging auxillaries, filling and packaging machinery, labelling, marking and identification technology, peripheral packaging machinery and equipment, packaging printing and finishing, palletizing technology, intralogistics, and services for the packaging industry, FACHPACK is the No. 1 industry gathering for the European packaging market that attracts trade visitors from all packaging-intensive sectors: food, beverages, luxury food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemicals, health care, non-food, pet food, automotive, technical articles, medical devices and other consumer and industrial goods. The next FACHPACK will take place from 28 to 30 September 2021.


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it-sa – the exhibition highlight of the IT security industry


At Europe’s largest IT security trade fair, experts from all over the world discuss the latest developments from the IT security sector. With 753 exhibitors (2018: 698) and 15,590 trade visitors (2018: 14,290) in 2019, it-sa is one of the three most important cyber security events worldwide alongside the RSA Conference in San Francisco and Infosecurity in London.


From October 12 to 14, 2021, Nuremberg will once again be the premium meeting place for IT security experts, decision-makers, developers and providers of IT security solutions. Exhibition and supporting program form the perfect framework for the development of know-how, the exchange of experience and networking with the Who’s Who of the industry. As a year-round extension of it-sa in Nuremberg, the IT security trade fair goes online on 6 October 2020 with the interactive dialogue platform “it-sa 365” for the exchange between exhibitors and visitors.


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BIOFACH, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food shows the whole market in its entire variety annually. It stands for freshness, internationality and inspiration. Consistently certified. Sustainably innovative. In connection with VIVANESS, the international trade fair for natural personal care, the dual exhibition combines almost 3.000 exhibitors and more than 50,000 trade visitors from more than 130 countries in Nuremberg every year in February. Under the IFOAM – Organics International patronage, the world’s governing body for ecological farming organisations and with the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft e.V. (BÖLW) as the national honorary sponsor, the world’s leading trade fair guarantees the constantly high quality of exhibited products with strict approval criteria. With its own events in Japan, the United States, South America, China, India and Thailand, BIOFACH is present worldwide.





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They have not just established themselves as one of the most important exhibition venues in Germany and Europe; with over 120 trade fairs around the world, NürnbergMesse is a major player in the international exhibition market. Brazil, China, Japan, Russia, the USA and India are just a few of the countries they organise events in. Their work isn’t limited to one specific area either. Instead, it is characterised by a successful mix of topics.

Successful concepts are adapted worldwide via product families. In addition, their subsidiaries address country-specific topics and offer interesting trade fair concepts for the market. One example is Broadcast India – the supplier fair for the Indian film and TV industry. They also look after about 40 pavilions across the planet.


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Product families of NürnbergMesse

NürnbergMesse offers product families in different sectors.

Their well-known trade fair brands are highly trusted in their respective industries. On this basis, they pursue a growth strategy that benefits their customers and partners. Together with strong partners and reliable networks, they establish trade fairs in relevant foreign markets, facilitating market entry and business development for many companies. Take advantage of one of the NürnbergMesse Group’s worldwide events to further your expansion.



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BIOFACH World Family


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The leading exhibitions in the BIOFACH World connect organic marketplaces with international demand in 7 key economic regions of the world – and promote the development of regional markets at the same time. They are the meeting places for supply and demand, raw materials and convenience products, manufacturers and buyers, as well as politics and media.


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BrauBeviale Family

BrauBeviale is one of the most important capital goods trade fairs for the beverage industry worldwide. It’s where the beverage sector feels at home! With more than four decades of experience in trade fairs and congresses for the international beverage industry, they are now offering a range of new, targeted events to get even closer to their target groups worldwide – by adapting their highly successful BrauBeviale concept and taking it further, in the best interests of their markets and targetgroups.


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NATURAL EXPO events promise a perfect platform for everyone interested in certified organic and natural products, as they take place in every country parallel to BIOFACH. Participants can rely on the fact that exhibitors at BIOFACH, but also at NATURAL EXPO, have to meet strict admission criteria. Nowhere else do experts and market participants meet in person in a comparable way to exchange knowledge and open up new business opportunities.



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POWTECH World Family

POWTECH World is a union of international trade shows and conferences for the global mechanical processing industry within different continents and markets. This special union of events offers worldwide networking and marketing opportunities for the industry and also a perfect platform to step into new markets.


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The leading coatings shows

ABRAFATI, American Coatings SHOW, European Coatings Show and PAINTINDIA are the leading coatings exhibitions in their markets. In the exhibitions and attendant conferences the participants discuss about: Trends, such as green coatings, UV hardened coatings, challenges like REACH, lack of raw materials and laboratory equipment for sustainable production and Industry 4.0.


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The leading die Casting Shows

NürnbergMesse not only organizes EUROGUSS but also sees itself as a pioneer for companies wanting to enter the most important foundry markets and strengthen their business connections. We will accompany you in these exciting, flourishing markets and offer you proven exhibition quality and service that you are familiar with from Nuremberg. For you, this means professional, solution-oriented and successful contacts and business.


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Expertise in Woodworking Events

Benefit from well known, good quality services and successful trade fair strategies. NürnbergMesse, the world’s leading event organizer, gives you access to the key international markets. For you, that means: successful contacts, good business and long-term success.


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International Pavilions

Exhibiting in pavilions – with a full one-stop service! The International Pavilions team is a qualified full-service provider for the complete organization of pavilions in Germany and abroad. To increase exports, companies can utilize the foreign trade support measures sponsored by the states, federal government and other organizations. These measures particularly include exhibiting in company pavilions abroad. Their team supports you on all matters concerning stand construction, special technical requirements in the host country, coordination with the exhibition organizer, preparation of country-specific marketing measures, and many others. They provide more detailed market information and arrange contacts with public and industry-specific institutions.


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NürnbergMesse meanwhile organizes more than 40 pavilions worldwide. A list of all pavilions organized by the NürnbergMesse Group is shown here:

  • German Pavilions
  • Bavarian Pavilions
  • Hessian Pavilions
  • Baden – Wuerttemberg Pavilions
  • Further Pavilions


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You can find their subsidiaries and their events here.

Subsidiaries and holding companies



Forum S.A. (80 %)

NürnbergMesse Austria GmbH (100% affiliate of NürnbergMesse Beteiligungs-GmbH)

NürnbergMesse Brasil Ltda. (100 %)

NürnbergMesse China Co., Ltd. (100 %)

NürnbergMesse India Pvt. Ltd. (100 %)

NürnbergMesse Italia S.r.l. (100 %)

NürnbergMesse North America, Inc. (100 %)

Exponova Exhibitions and Conferences (India) Pvt. Ltd. (24,5 %)


NürnbergMesse Beteiligungs-GmbH (100 %)

NürnbergMesse Service GmbH (100 %)

– SMT/ASIC/Hybrid Mesago Messe & Kongreß GmbH & Co. oHG (25 %)

Holtmann Beteiligungsverwaltungs GmbH (50 %)

Holtmann GmbH + Co. KG (50 %)

– mesomondo GmbH (100 %)

– Expomondo S.r.l. (100 %)

Lehrieder Verwaltungs-GmbH (50 %)

Lehrieder Catering-Party-Service GmbH & Co. KG (50 %)

– Lilly Verwaltungs- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH (100 %)

– Gaststättenbetriebe Kurt Lilly GmbH & Co. KG (100 %)

AMA Service GmbH (49 %)

MedtecLive GmbH (100 %)

Subsidiaries and holding companies

in detail

One strategic goal of NürnbergMesse is to be represented in all major foreign markets.

NürnbergMesse has achieved this goal in the last three years by founding its six subsidiaries. NürnbergMesse has positioned itself in international growth and exhibition markets with subsidiaries in Brasil, China, Greece, India, Italy and North America.

Forum S.A., Greece

  • NürnbergMesse Brasil
  • NürnbergMesse China
  • NürnbergMesse India
  • NürnbergMesse Italia
  • NürnbergMesse North America


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The NürnbergConvention Center (NCC) consists of three modern congress center: NCC Mitte, NCC Ost and NCC West and one multifunctional hall (Frankenhalle). All have direct access to the exhibition venue with its 180,000 sqm – enough space and options for any kind of events, e.g. exhibitions, congresses or huge corporate events. 50 auditoriums and conference rooms fitted with high-quality equipment are available with capacities for up to 12,800 participants. The NCC is one of Europe’s TOP congress center.




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Public events

NürnbergMesse’s range of events is completed by public events such as Consumenta, akademika and CACIB, which open the door to end consumers. Thanks to the many different ways in which our halls and facilities can be combined and used, we’re sure that for your public event too we’ll be able to come up with a suitable layout that enables you to present your topic in a compact manner with sections very close to each other so that they are easy for your visitors to navigate.


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Company events & shows

If you’ve been tasked with organising a reception, concert, roadshow or gala dinner and are finding it a challenge, allow them to inspire you: In addition to our multifunctional hall, your event can also be held in one of our impressive foyers or rooms, or even as an open-air event in their exhibition park. Whatever you choose, it will be expertly done.


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Halls & rooms

Nuremberg Exhibition Center: Hall Plan and Overview

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Exhibition Halls

The NürnbergMesse site is relatively new. The exhibition center has been extended and developed step by step since it was opened with 60,000 m² in 1974 and now offers 180,000 m² of display area in 16 exhibition halls grouped around the central park. The site was planned to provide logistics separation between visitors and exhibitors, which guarantees smooth operation before and during exhibitions.

NürnbergMesse is setting all sorts of new standards with its extraordinary Halls 3A and 3C, designed by Zaha Hadid. NürnbergMesse’s extraordinary Halls 3A and 3C, the work of Zaha Hadid, are already pointing the way ahead in all kinds of ways. For Nuremberg as an up-to-the-minute city. And for a constantly-evolving venue that never stands still. An adept aesthetic language – functionality tested many times over – progress you can experience first-hand – they all come together here to make your event a success.


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Messezentrum Nürnberg, Halle 3C  Photo: NürnbergMesse

NürnbergConvention Center

NürnbergConvention Center with its capacity of up to 12,800 participants offers unique possibilities for your event. Our space concept provides maximum flexibility and can be used individually to suit your wishes. Large congresses, product presentations, staff events and customer galas: NürnbergConvention Center offers unique facilities – and you are cordially invited to use them.


NCC West

A special feature of this modern, compactly arranged congress centre is its good access with short routes. Together with NCC Mitte, which is directly connected via a glazed passageway, it provides more than 8,000 places. A modern, variable exhibition hall is located next to the ground-floor foyer for accompanying exhibitions or events. Plenty of room for your ideas!


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NCC Mitte

NCC Mitte is the NürnbergConvention Center’s parlour. And what a parlour! The Brüssel hall with space for up to 1,000 persons is located in the 6,000 square meter entrance area. The other rooms and halls of NCC Mitte are connected on the same level. These include the variable München hall and the small and medium-size conference rooms arranged compactly around a smart piazza: Mediterranean flair at the heart of NCC, which is popular for standing receptions, poster sessions or coffee and lunch breaks.

Facts on the NCC Mitte

  • 10 rooms and halls on 2 levels
  • Modern glass-fronted entrance area
  • flexible use for exhibitions and events
  • Futuristic assemgly hall
  • for approx. 1,000 people; can also be divided up
  • Direct access to halls 1, 9, 10 and 11 (Frankenhalle)


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The NCC Ost congress centre is like a precious solitaire. Since its opening in 2005, it has exercised a truly magnetic impact on congress organizers. This congress building sets new standards with its modern, naturally illuminated architecture with spacious galleries and an impressive glass roof that allows daylight to penetrate as far as the central atrium on the ground floor. Its open and communicative atmosphere creates excellent conditions for successful events: from car presentations and international marketing meetings to medical and pharmaceutical congresses.


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Facts on the NCC Ost

  • 18 rooms and halls on 4 levels
  • Open galleries on all levels
  • for exhibitions and catering in a communication-friendly atmosphere
  • Sydney multifunction hall
  • can be divided up for flexible use, e.g. for events, catering, or trade exhibitions
  • Direct access to halls 4A and 7A

Frankenhalle / Hall 11

The Frankenhalle with its plenary capacity of up to 5,000 seats and multipurpose applications is our multi-talent in the top congress segment. Its variable architecture with retractable telescopic stages and the use of innovative presentation equipment ensure impressive events: from rock concert to Holiday on Ice. Whether used as a live TV event location for the annual “Sternstunden” charity gala organized by Bavarian Radio or exhibition and congress hall for events and presentations from companys like AUDI, EDEKA or Faber-Castell, the Frankenhalle is a real multi-talent.


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Facts on the Frankenhalle

1-2 halls on 1 level

Multifunctional hall

ideal for use as assembly hall for shareholders’ meetings, exhibitions and events

Separate entrance

guarantees exclusive use

Variable and flexible

can be divided up or used in combination with the NCC Mitte and West center


Exhibition Centre Nuremberg Interior view

NürnbergConvention Center, NCC West (Innenaufnahme) Photo: NürnbergMesse



NürnbergConvention Center, NCC Ost (Ebene 3) Photo: NürnbergMesse


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Exhibition Centre Nuremberg Exterior view


Messezentrum Nürnberg, Halle 12  Photo: NürnbergMesse


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