The winning strategies are working: Dr Roland Fleck and Peter Ottmann, the CEOs of the NürnbergMesse Group, presented the record balance sheet for the 2016 financial year at today’s press conference: turnover, EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization) and profit have reached new record levels. 2017 is currently progressing fully to plan. “The 2016 Annual Report reveals historical records for NürnbergMesse in terms of financial and exhibition key figures: at 288m Euro turnover, we generated a Group profit of 15m Euro”, said Dr Roland Fleck. For Peter Ottmann it is like sport: “Currently, the course is being correctly set for many NürnbergMesse themes to ensure that we can complete the next success stage. We are currently gearing ourselves up for this.”
When success concepts take effect: Dr Roland Fleck (r) and Peter Ottmann, CEOs of the NürnbergMesse Group, presented a record result at the Balance Sheet Press Conference
The 2016 event year represents an historic milestone in the corporate history of the NürnbergMesse Group: the total of 172 events attracted 1.4m visitors, while 32,317 exhibitors booked 1.13m square metres of exhibition space. In terms of business, this therefore also goes hand-in-hand with a new record turnover of 288m Euro; the same applies to the profit, which for the first time in the company's history is over 15m Euro. Decisive impulses for this outstanding development were generated by exhibitors and visitors from abroad. “Our events have never been more international. This underlines the attractiveness of the trade fair and exhibition concepts at the Nuremberg location and worldwide. To ensure that this remains the case, even at times when we are reporting records, we will continue to massively invest in the future”, said Dr Roland Fleck.
For Peter Ottmann, it is in particular the central course-setting in the first half of the year that is of strategic significance for the further development of NürnbergMesse: “The world-leading fair Interzoo has now been secured for the exhibition location until at least 2036, we are cooperating for the first time with Messe Frankfurt in Russia and in Nuremberg the roof girders of the new Hall 3C, which we will be opening in autumn 2018, are already clearly visible, pointing to the sky. Apart from that, we have decided to raise the impetus with the issue of “digitization”. He added that the development of the international subsidiaries was also positive. According to Peter Ottmann, last year in Brazil, China, India and North America, NürnbergMesse brought together over 3,500 exhibitors, over 160,000 visitors and all of them in total net exhibition space of over 100,000 square metres.
For both NürnbergMesse CEOs looking ahead to the 2017 event year it is clear: The event rotation or cycle phenomenon, which occurs only every 12 years, where major trade fairs such as BrauBeviale or FachPack simultaneously take a “gap” year, represents a financial and business challenge, which however will ultimately be effectively overcome. Irrespective of that, the established events in the portfolio are continuing to develop very positively. Heading towards 2018 there are already clear indications from the market side that the company’s positive trend is continuing dynamically, said Peter Ottmann. According to Dr Roland Fleck, the construction of the new Hall 3C is also progressing on budget and schedule: “With its opening next year, we will once again increase the attractiveness of the exhibition centre Nuremberg. The combination of demand-orientated functionality, appealing and attractive design and the highest energy standards is also an elementary image factor for NürnbergMesse!”
NürnbergMesse is one of the 15 largest exhibition companies in the world. The portfolio covers some 120 national and international exhibitions and congresses and approx. 40 sponsored pavilions at the Nuremberg location and worldwide. Every year, over 30,000 exhibitors (international share: 41%) and up to 1.4 million visitors (international share of trade visitors: 24%) participate in the own, partner and guest events of the NürnbergMesse Group, which is present with subsidiaries in China, North America, Brazil, Italy and India. The group also has a network of about 50 representatives operating in over 100 countries.