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At home in global markets

13 Jul 2023

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 28 subsidiaries and more than 50 sales partners serving some 180 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. Around 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.

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


Argentina: Indexport Messe Frankfurt, S. A., Buenos Aires 07/2003


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



United Kingdom: Messe Frankfurt UK Ltd., Guildford/Surrey


USA: PE Events LLC, Atlanta


Germany: Fairnamic GmbH



Background information on Messe Frankfurt
The Messe Frankfurt Group is one of the world’s leading trade fair, congress and event organisers with their own exhibition grounds. With a workforce of some 2,160 people at its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and in 28 subsidiaries, it organises events around the world. Group sales in financial year 2022 were around €454 million. We serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of Messe Frankfurt’s key strengths is its powerful and closely knit global sales network, which covers around 180 countries in all regions of the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. We are using our digital expertise to develop new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Sustainability is a central pillar of our corporate strategy. Here, we strike a healthy balance between ecological and economic interests, social responsibility and diversity.
For more information, please visit our website at: With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). For more information, please visit our website at: