Top performance on all fronts

“All the right topics, a further rise in participation from abroad and highly satisfied exhibitors – this year’s Hannover Messe added up to a complete success,” commented Dr. Wolfram von Fritsch, Chairman of the Managing Board of Deutsche Messe, at the press conference on the last day of the show.

“Hannover Messe 2012 has triggered a new wave of business for industrial enterprises. The show’s 5,000 exhibitors will now have their work cut out for them.” The Swiss exhibitors have worked well too.

Hannover Messe 2012 attracted well over 190,000 attendees. “We knew we would definitely be seeing more visitors than in 2010 – a year in which turnout was impacted by the volcanic ash cloud. But we were not at all prepared for pulling even with our figures for the boom year of 2008, as well as for a significant rise in attendance from abroad. This underscores the kind of top performance delivered by this year’s event,” von Fritsch noted.

Definitely worldwide
A total of 50,000 visitors attended the event from abroad in 2012 – a jump of over one-third compared with 2008. 20,000 of these were from outside of Europe. “We had higher visitor numbers not just from China, but also from India, Korea, Brazil and the United States,” von Fritsch reported. There were also a higher number of visitors from other European countries.

Happy Swiss companies
As you may have noticed it, I was on the Swiss both that week and I will carry on presenting the companies I’ve met there the following days. The CEO’s and sales representatives I discussed with on the booth were quite happy with results, a lot of contacts, qualitative contacts, a perfect organization on the Swiss booth… many have already decided to be part in 2013. (I personally wonder why there are not more companies from French speaking Switzerland).

2013 on the right track
Dr. von Fritsch is confident of a successful Hannover Messe 2013: “More than 600 companies have already submitted their registrations for Hannover Messe 2013. Over the past few days many of them have even inquired about the possibility of booking bigger stands next year. So next year’s event is likely to fill the entire trade fair complex in Hannover,” he concluded.

The next Hannover Messe will be staged from 8 to 12 April 2013.

If you missed it, we already presented

From the Swiss booth and

There is more to come indeed, the show was really full of interesting discoveries.