Press release ¤ Information de presse

May 15, 2006

ACHEMA to remain loyal to Frankfurt

· DECHEMA e.V., the organizer, and Messe Frankfurt renew contract until 2015

Well in advance of the opening of ACHEMA 2006, DECHEMA, the organizer, has renewed its contract with Messe Frankfurt until the year 2015, thus covering the next three ACHEMA fairs. Accordingly, ACHEMA will continue to be held every three years in Frankfurt am Main .

For decades ACHEMA has been one of the biggest guest events on the Frankfurt fair grounds. Since 1937 it has been held 21 times in succession in Frankfurt, where it has developed and strengthened its reputation as the world exhibition for the process industries and their equipment branches. Again, almost 4,000 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors from about 100 countries and all continents are expected to come to this year's ACHEMA 2006 from 15 to 19 May. This means an increase in the number of exhibitors and a markedly higher international run to ACHEMA 2006 compared to its predecessor in 2003.

With this new agreement Prof. Gerhard Kreysa, CEO of DECHEMA, endorses many decades of mutual trust and cooperation between DECHEMA and Messe Frankfurt. The Chairman of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt, Michael von Zitzewitz, emphasized that the ACHEMA success story's is also highly appreciated and recognized by the city of Frankfurt and Messe Frankfurt. This international exhibition of process industries with its innovative power and international audience underlines the importance of this region to world economy. He further stated that it is not only Frankfurt's central location that attracts exhibitors and visitors from Europe, Asia and America. The city and the expanded exhibition and congress grounds have much more to offer visitors than just an optimal infrastructure and traffic links.

Over the past 70 years ACHEMA at Frankfurt am Main has seen impressive growth. From 416 exhibitors and 12,479 m2 exhibition space in 1937 it has now reached about the tenfold size. The share of foreign exhibitors has increased from 34.2% to 44.2% over the past nine years.



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