Country of trade fair Czech Republic Czech Republic: Trade Fair Exhibitors cannot beat BRNO

Author Stéphane Itasse

Whether industry- or consumer goods fairs – companies, which want to present in Czech Republic, reach the fair place Brno sooner or later. The other event locations in Prag and Ostrava are significantly smaller; however, Prag at least has something interesting to offer for the German manufacturing companies.

Brno is the dominant among the fair places in Czech Republic and also arrange the maximum number of industrial fairs.
Brno is the dominant among the fair places in Czech Republic and also arrange the maximum number of industrial fairs.
(Photo: BVV Vystaviste)

In its own terms, Brno Exhibition Center (BVV Veletrhy Brno) is actually the main trade fair organiser of East-Central Europe. Currently, more than 130,000 m² net exhibition area is provided there. The area inaugurated in 1928 ia also an example of functionalist architecture.

Approximately 50 trade fairs in Brno per year

The exhibition centre hall P inaugurated in June 2015 belongs to the modernest objects of Exhibition Centre with a net exhibition area of more than 10,000m². The trade fair organisation shares are distributed as follows: 61 % to Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, 34 % to the city Brno and 5 % to small shareholders. However, the city has agreed upon with Messe Düsseldorf to transfer its shares, as reported by the investment sponsorer Czechinvest.

Every year, approximately 50 trade fairs are organized at the Brno Exhibition Centre and these are visited by more than one million visitors every year. International Engineering Trade Fair MSV has the longest tradition with the 57th fair organized in 2015; this is also the most significant Engineering Trade Fair in East Europe. According to the organizers, more than 1500 exhibitors and 75,000 visitors participate in it. The offer is widely diversified: From fittings via mining equipment, electronic and electrical enginerring, semi-furnished products or plastic machines up to metal processing tools, assembly technology, motors, pumps or control technology; almost everything is represented in the new product range, what is required in a factory.

Five trade fairs organanized simultaneously with the Engineering Trade Fair MSV 2016 in Brno

With its upcoming trade fair from 3rd to 7th October 2016, MSV is accompanied by five other events:

  • The Machine Tool Trade Fair is organized always in the even years with the support of European association Cecimo.
  • The Foundry Trade Fair Fond-ex is the third largest trade fair of this sector according to the organizers.
  • The Welding Technology Trade Fair is organized at the Brno Exhibition Centre since 1969.
  • Plastex – International trade fair for synthetic materials, rubber and composite materials – is organized every two years in Brno.
  • Profintech is based on all branches of the surface engineering.

In addition to Engineering Trade Fairs, Brno also offers an Electrical Engineering Trade Fair.

The Electronic Engineering and Electrical Trade Fair Amper is also organized much earlier in the trade fair calendar; it is arranged in the upcoming year from 15th to 18th March. According to the information of the organizer, 44,500 visitors came for 600 exhibitors in the year 2015. 28 German exhibitors presented on a net exhibition area of 14.264 m². After 18 years in Prag, Amper was organized for the first time in Brno in 2011; it was organized by the company Terinvest as earlier. In the year 2012, the trade fair organizer agreed upon with Brno Exhibition Center that Amper shall be orgznized there for further ten years.

The other trade fairs, which shall be organized again in the year 2017 in Brno, include International Stainless Steel Congress and Fair on 10th and 11th May or the trade fair for fire protection and safety technology Pyros/Iset from 31st May up to 3rd June. For Stainless, in all 1726 visitors came in May 2015; out of these, 629 were from foreign country. 139 companies presented their offers in 3067 m² exhibition area. Pyros/Iset was visited by 27,184 visitors in May 2015 with 47 exhibitors. The parallel event with MSV in 2017 is the trade fair established in 2013 for Transport und traffic - Eurotrans.

Prag has verry little scope to compete with Brno with respect to trade fairs

The capital Prag cannot offer much as compared to the fair place Brno. The operating company Incheba Expo Praha is 100 % in the possession of publicly owned Incheba a.s. based in Bratislava in Slovakia. According to the information of the company, the exhibition area is more than 60,000 m²; over 30 events and trade fairs are organized there every year; out of these, approximately 20 own events.

The capital goods trade fair For Industry belongs to the industrial events in Prag. It is held every year since 2011; the next schedule is from 19th up to 21st April 2016. In the most recent event in April 2015, the trade fair organizors determined 7559 number of visitors. 188 exhibitors were registered; these occupied a net exhibition area of 2728 m². The company ABF, a.s. is the organizer of For Industry

In addition, the trade fair For Surface shall be organized in April 2017 that deals with the topic surface treatment and finish. The latest figures for this event are derived from the year 2013; at that time, 159 companies presented their products and services in an area of 2247 m². The organizers did not provide any information regarding the number of visitors.

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