IFFA Attracts 60,000 Visitors10 May 2013
GERMANY - The meat industry equipment exhibition IFFA 2013 closed its doors this week having attracted more than 60,000 visitors over the six days – a 2.5 per cent increase on previous years.
The exhibition hosted 960 companies from 47 countries representing a high level of internationality at this year’s trade fai.
With 60,266 trade visitors from 142 countries, IFFA grew by 2.5 per cent. A total of 61 per cent of all visitors came from outside Germany.
The proportion was similar on the exhibitor side: 57 percent of companies are based outside Germany. Additionally, the exhibition space occupied rose by six per cent to 110,000 square metres (2010: 103,9001).
“At this year’s IFFA, there were only winners. Exhibitors and visitors are extremely pleased with the fair and the results achieved. The increases in all main indices reflect the high level of dynamism in the sector,” said Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Messe Frankfurt.
“IFFA is unrivalled as the leading innovation platform and meeting place for the meat-processing sector.”
The majority of visitors from outside Germany came from the Russian Federation, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Austria, the USA, Switzerland and China.
There were also large numbers of visitors from Australia, South America and East Europe.
For the industry, the large proportion of international visitors is an important factor for the positive rating given to the fair.
Berthold Gassmann, Chairman of the Meat Processing Machines Association of the Federation of German Machine and Plant Manufacturers (Verband Deutscher Maschinen und Anlagenbau – VDMA) said: “As in the past, this year’s IFFA demonstrated impressively that it is the world’s leading event for the meat-processing sector. The level of internationality has risen again, the number of visitors is up and, in particular, the visitor standard was extremely high.
“The top decision makers of companies of all sizes from Germany and the whole world were there. And this shows that, thanks to its unequivocal focus on meat, IFFA is held in high regard by all experts.”TheMeatSite News Desk