The company Messe Karlsruhe

We network people, connect knowledge and give emotions a stage.

Events are our passion. Not only because we offer the perfect setting for trade fairs, conventions and cultural events, but also because we contribute our extensive know-how, flexible service and strong personal dedication to every event, whether as its organizer or its host. Welcome to Karlsruhe!

The company Messe Karlsruhe in figures:

  • Over 300 events (trade fairs, conventions and cultural events) each year with more than 800,000 visitors
  • More than 40 trade fairs each year with almost 8,000 exhibitors
  • 72,000 square meters of hall space in 9 halls distributed over two locations
  • Total sales valued at 33 million euros in 2017
  • 150 employees
  • Over 6,000 reports or mentions in the media
  • 1 million visits to the websites, of which almost 250,000 visits were from abroad
  • Over 54,000 followers on Facebook

Revenue development: 2009 - 2018

Revenue development: 2009 - 2018

Compared to the economic planning, sales revenue increased in 2018 by €3.2 million to a total of €32.9 million, which is only slightly (€0.1 million) less than the record level achieved of 2017. Despite the full-year closure of the Stadthalle, sales revenue improved by €2.3 million compared to the comparable year (2016), which is comparable because of the cyclical scheduling of fairs and other events.

Operational development

Operational development

Messe Karlsruhe achieved a contribution margin (DB) II of €7.7 million and thus improved its business plan by €1.1 million. The result is thus only €0.4 million below the record value of the previous year. With DB I almost identical from 2017 to 2018, the difference in DB II is primarily due to investment in personnel and additional costs for personnel. For example, within the framework of the approved staffing plan, new jobs were created for the car park management, which has been the responsibility of the company itself since July 2018.

Operating result

Operating result

With an operating result of €./.12 million, the planned result improved by €0.04 million. Compared with the plan, the net loss for the year deteriorated by €0.8 million compared with the previous year (operating result 2017 = €11.2 million) because of a €1.194 million increase in hall costs due to increased allocation to provisions for the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre. With this operating result, Messe Karlsruhe is moving into another year of renovation of the Stadthalle and a stronger year for its own exhibitions due to the cyclical scheduling of its own fairs and other events.

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