Facts and figures

MESSE ESSEN was founded in 1913 and has long history of success.

Today, over 100 years later, its remarkable development is demonstrated in numbers:

  • 200 employees
  • Around 55 different trade fairs - including 10 leading international trade fairs - with 12 satellite events abroad
  • Approx. 1.5 million visitors annually from over 160 countries
  • Around 15,000 exhibitors from 90 countries, with a foreign share of nearly 40% at the Essen trade fair venue
  • An exhibition area of 110,000 m² and 20,000 m² open air space


  • 3 conference centres with 28 conference rooms for up to 1,000 people, in which around 800 events with 80,000 participants take place annually
  • The Grugahalle with a capacity of up to 10,000 people and about 70 events annually such as concerts and shows, conferences, gala evenings, sporting events and general meetings and more than 200,000 visitors a year