Using the same methodology to develop the Top 100 USA Trade Shows, Absolute Exhibits has cross-checked exhibitor and attendee counts across multiple industries and venues to assemble a list of the top trade shows in Europe for 2017 and 2018.
Unlike the American trade show schedule where shows usually occur on an annual basis, trade fairs in Europe can be annual, biannual, and even tri-annual. Therefore, shows are generally larger, last longer, and bring together far more exhibitors and attendees than US shows. Additionally, rules and regulations are much different and while travel to Europe is more expensive, the shows themselves typically cost far less.
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Please note that trade show events may change dates and venue cities every year. Our team maintains and updates the Top Trade Shows in Europe list below once a month.
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SIGEP – Italy – Rimina Fiera – This expo is acknowledged as the world´s most important in the artisan gelato sector, a primary European showcase for artisan Italian confectionery and is also strengthening its position in the artisan bakery field with all the very latest in raw materials, basic products, plant, machinery, furnishing and fittings for the artisan gelato and bakery trades.
Trade Fair for home and contract textiles. About 67,000 trade visitors from 133 countries took advantage of the leading international Trade Fair for home and contract textile in 2014 with 2,719 exhibitors.
IPM Essen – Essen, Germany – Messe Essen – This show has become the central stage for worldwide commerce in the green sector featuring four key industry segments plants, technology, floristry, and garden features. With over 1500 exhibitors and visitors from 90 countries and an especial alliance with UK Trade & Investment this is a not to miss trade exhibition.
Trade Fair for sweets and snacks with over 1,450 exhibitors from over 70 countries attend the world’s biggest and most important fair for sweets and snacks. The broad range of products include chocolate and confectionery of all kinds to pastries and baked goods to hearty, savory snacks.
Trade Fair for the hobby, crafts and artists’ requisites segments, Creative World offers you the right environment for your products! Present your innovations to an audience of trade visitors from all over the world, discover the latest trends and generate new interesting business contacts. Let yourself be inspired.
Fruit Logistica – Berlin, Germany – Messe Germany – Fruit Logistica is the leading international meeting place of the fresh produce trade in Europe. The exhibition covers every segment of the fresh produce business, features players from all the world’s markets, and offers a complete overview of the market for all products and services at every level. 2,600 companies from around the world participate. Suppliers of products and services for packaging, storage, transport, warehousing and product presentation also exhibit their offerings.
Attendees from over 200 countries are treated to a wealth of learning and networking opportunities along with product showcases.
Attendees travel from 145 countries. No other event in the world provides seafood professionals with direct access to qualified buyers and suppliers from all over the globe representing all aspects of the seafood industry.
ICE Totally Gaming – London, England – Earls Court Exhibition Cent – Exhibitors from throughout the world descend on the ExCeL Centre in London to prepare for ICE Totally Gaming in February annually. The world’s biggest gaming event, which runs across the first week of February, features over 500 exhibiting companies drawn from more than 55 nations and occupies 55,000 sqm of gaming innovation.
Trade Fair for consumer goods. Around 144,000 trade visitors from 161 countries, including numerous top decision makers, come to Ambiente each year to order their product assortment at the fair. Over 4,700 exhibitors from 89 countries benefit from the optimal Hall organization of the Dining, Giving and Living areas as well as a wealth of synergy effects.
Trade Fair for Natural Personal Care, has developed into an impressive highlight for the sector and attracted more than 2,235 exhibitors from 76 countries and 42,445 trade visitors from 135 countries.
Trade Fair for roller shutters , doors/ gates/ and sun protection systems. R+T celebrates its 50th anniversary in February 2015 with many additional events and spectacular innovations … a not to be missed event.
JEC Europe Composites Show & Conferences – Paris, France – Porte de Versailles – JEC Europe remains the best place for Composites professionals to get the fastest ROI on an event since cumulative returns from the trade show for all exhibitors are estimated at around €769 million, or US$997 million. Around 65 useful contacts with follow-up orders are acquired on average per exhibitor, with a declared payback period of 20 months.
Trade Fair is held each year on the Hanover fairground and is considered a barometer of the state of the art in information technology. Running over a five-day period in Hanover, Germany, the CeBIT Global Conferences (CGC) are staged congruently with the CeBIT exhibition. The conferences are dedicated to providing a 360° overview of the digital industry’s four core markets: IT, Telecommunications, Digital Media and Consumer Electronics.
ITB Berlin – Berlin, Germany – Messe Berlin- Welcome to the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. The whole variety of traveling is present at ITB Berlin: Destinations, tour operators, booking systems, carriers, hotels and all other suppliers who want to embellish their customers’ most beautiful weeks of the year. ITB Berlin brightens your business.
IPEX – London, England – Excel, London – World Print Summit ,IPEX, has brought together some of the world’s most visionary and ambitious leaders from the international print supply chain, to discuss; debate and share insights and solutions surrounding the evolving role and power of print in this new digital age.
Trade Fair of wines and spirits, having just celebrated its 20th anniversary. At ProWein in past years a total of over 4,700 exhibitors from 50 countries will be presenting the wide portfolio. All relevant wine producing nations and regions will be represented.
Attendees rate Ecobuild as the UK’s best trade show in the marketplace. And our visitors should know – they are responsible for some of the most valuable projects around the world.
Trade Fair for the dental sector presents the latest products and technological process developments for dental medicine and dental technology. The future orientated exhibition and communications platform provides you with new insights and perspectives. This is where innovations from international research centres and development laboratories are presented in direct competition with one another.
Trade Fair for Architecture and Technology. Around 2,300 exhibitors take part in Light+Building at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre and almost one in two of the over 196,000 visitors comes from outside Germany.
INTERPHARM – Berlin, Germany – Messe Germany – INTERPHARM is a chemicals trade show and event. Interpharm is organized by Deutscher Apotheker Verlag and featured in Computer, Decoration, Equipment, Medicine, Nursing.
Aircraft Interiors Expo – Hamburg, Germany – Hamburg Messe – Aircraft Interiors Expo is the premier exhibition for the international aircraft interiors industry. If you are involved or responsible for the purchase of cabin interiors, in-flight entertainment, connectivity and passenger services, then this is the industry event you cannot afford to miss.
Trade Fair formula in the traffic and transport industry. Since its launch in 1972, Intertraffic Amsterdam has become the platform of choice for professionals from around the world to meet to stay up to speed on the developments in the fields of infrastructure, traffic management, safety and parking.
Alimentaria – Barcelona, Spain – Feria Barcelona – Alimentaria concentrates power, variety and opportunities for global food professionals linked to an innovative sector that has growing exports. Discover continuous innovation, commitment to brand quality and the latest trends in food and beverages. You will find over 3,800 companies from 40 countries.
Hanover Messe – Hanover, Germany – Messe Hanover – This is the leading industrial automation and technology expositions in Europe. With 6150 exhibitors and over 200,000 in attendance this is one of the largest shows in the world.
In-Cosmetics – Paris, France – Porte de Versailles – The leading global business platform for personal care ingredients in-cosmetics brings together the world’s leading personal care ingredients suppliers, formulators, R&D and marketing specialists and showcases the most diverse range of innovative cosmetics ingredients and technology.
Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings, and Events – Frankfurt, Germany – Messe Frankfurt – IMEX has been a source and hub for ideas in the worldwide meetings industry for 12 years. The IMEX Chairman is the architect of the hosted buyer programme concept. The IMEX programme is large-scale, truly international and thrives on delivering total choice and opportunity to buyers. It attracts thousands of high-calibre buyers from the global association, corporate and agency sectors.
Tube – Dusseldorf, Germany – Messe Dusseldorf – The most important showcase for pipe manufacturers, processors or users. 1,178 exhibitors from 48 countries,over 34,500 international trade visitors, exemplary infrastructure of the halls, over 48,000 square meters spacious exhibition areas.
International Exhibition and Conference for Power Elections, Intelligent Motion, Renewable Energy, and Energy Management – Nuremberg, Germany – Messe Nuremberg – From latest developments of power semiconductors, passive components, products for thermal management, new materials, sensors as well as servo-technology and the wide area of power quality and energy-management – PCIM offers a comprehensive, focused and compact presentation of products all under one roof! Benefit from the success of such a well established international exhibition with conference and tutorials.
IFAT – Munich, Germany – Messe Munche – Clean drinking water, effective recycling and responsible use of valuable resources. In 2012, granted a total of 2,939 exhibitors from 54 countries with an inspiring look into the world of tomorrow and presented innovations and solutions in the fields of water, sewage, waste and raw materials management.
Engine Expo – Stuttgart, Germany – Messe Stuttgart – Seven auto shows in one including Engine Expo, Auto Interiors, Auto Testing,. Vehicle Dynamics, and Global Automotive Components. This is the essential place to visit if you are involved in any area of vehicle, motorcycle and components testing, evaluation, quality engineering and validation.
Interpack – Dusseldorf, Germany – Messe Dusseldorf – With approximately 2,700 exhibitors from 59 countries all over the world Interpack is the world’s leading trade show for processes and packaging. “Anyone who wants to know what drives the market and what solutions are on offer around the world will come to the Interpack”.
Paris Air Show – Paris, France – Le Bourget – The Paris Air Show is the world’s leading and largest aerospace trade show. Over the years, the Paris Air Show has become a key event for the industry. 2,215 Exhibitors from 44 countries – 52,000 m² of stands areas, 100% available surfaces sold with 340 Chalets representing 37,000 m² and 30 national pavilions and 140,000 visitors.
Eurosatoray – Paris, France – Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre – is the largest exhibition of land and air-land defense and security in the world from raw materials to sub-assemblies and operational systems. 1,432 exhibitors from 53 countries will participate presenting the newest and latest trends in defense and security.
CineEurope – Barcelona, Spain – Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona – CineEurope is the largest, most prestigious and longest running pan-European convention and trade show for cinema exhibition and distribution. Nowhere else will your company reach as many important movie theatre/cinema decision-makers from across Europe at the same time.
World of Coffee – Gothenburg, Sweden – Swedish Exhibition and Conference Centre – Europe’s leading speciality coffee event, organized by SCAE in a different city each year, is an unmissable opportunity to meet up with top baristas, roasters and other movers and shakers in the coffee industry from around the world.
Automechanika – Frankfurt, Germany – Messe Frankfurt – Automechanika Frankfurt is the jewel in the crown of trade fairs for the aftermarket internationally and is the only truly global event for the automotive parts and accessories industry.
International Broadcasting Convention – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – RAI Amsterdam – the essential global meeting place for everyone engaged in creating, managing and delivering the future of electronic media and entertainment technology and content.
ExpoPharm – Munich, Germany – Messe Munche – Expopharm is the home of the pharmacy market: Nearly 25,000 trade visitors discovering innovations from around the world, discussing the future trends and informing themselves about the current state and the future of the industry.
Trade Fair for tobacco and smoking accessories the Inter-tabac is the crucial communication and order platform for trade with a unique product and service offerings of more than 230 exhibitors.
WindEnergy – Hamburg, Germany – Messe Hamburg – Innovations, market trends and covering the whole of the value chain of the international wind industry onshore and offshore to give you a comprehensive overview of the status and future of the industry.
Sial – Paris, France – Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre – The world’s number one food exhibition will take place in Paris. Attend this essential event, which focuses on the major challenges faced by the global food industry, with more than 6,000 exhibitors and 150,000 high profile visitors.
Anuga – Cologne, Germany – Messe Cologne – Anuga is the world’s largest and most important food and beverage fair — for new markets and target groups, for all the trends and themes and, above all, for first-rate contacts and business deals.
Composites Europe – Dusseldorf, Germany – Messe Dusseldorf – Composites Europe is the most innovative fair in the strongest composites market. Decision makers, buyers and designers from the most important application industries find the very latest material solutions and technologies.
International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber – Dusseldorf, Germany – Messe Dusseldorf – K is the world’s key flagship fair in terms of its quantitative and qualitative performance characteristics in the plastics and rubber industries worldwide.
Scooter and E-Bike Fair in Cologne is continuously strengthening its brand, over 203,000 visitors from 117 countries saw the newest innovations and trends from 1,022 companies from 37 countries at the past fair.
ItSa – Nuremberg, Germany – Messe Nuremberg – ItSa is the only IT security exhibition in the German-speaking region and one of the most important worldwide events. Whether cloud computing, IT forensics, data security or hosting, the exhibition is a unique platform for IT security officers, developers and providers of products and services for IT security.
Airtec – Frankfurt, Germany – Messe Frankfurt – The premium business and technology event where suppliers and key executives of manufacturers involved in the aerospace supply chain come together from around the globe.
World Travel Market – London, England – ExCel – the leading global event for the travel industry presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and International travel professionals.
Vision – Stuttgart, Germany – Messe Stuttgart – Image processing technology, the marketplace for components manufacturers, but also a platform for system vendors and integrators.
Trade Fair for innovative electronics production. International meeting-place for the sector: all topics, trends and technologies – from printed circuit boards to thin-film cell production.
MIDESTt – Paris, France – Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre – MIDEST is the key platform for international suppliers of industrial subcontracting, offering manufacturers, component suppliers and assemblers the chance of face to face meetings with suppliers of solutions in the fields of metals, plastics, electronics or industry services.
Europort – Rotterdam, Holland – Ahoy Rotterdam – One of the world’s leading maritime events will take place in the world port city of Rotterdam. More than 30,000 maritime professionals will meet to present, discuss and share information on innovative technology and smart solutions to build the most sophisticated ships.
Medica – Dusseldorf, Germany – Messe Dusseldorf – International Specialized Fair & Congress for Medicine & Health Care, Products, Equipment, Services and Technologies for Hospitals, Policlinics, Laboratories, Pharmacies, Health Clinics, Medical Offices & Wellness.
Euromold – Frankfurt, Germany Messe Frankfurt – The unique fair concept “From Design to Prototyping to Series Production” brings together the different industrial sectors, eases the development of networks and supports cooperation’s and projects.
Interclima + Elec – Paris, France – Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre – interclima+elec, home&building, idéo bain et BATIMAT, are coming together to create an event like no other in the world in terms of the range of exhibits for all involved in the building trades, from construction to management.
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