EMECA : Andreas Gruchow new EMECA President

Posted on Friday 25th January 2013

Andreas Gruchow new EMECA President

January, 2013: Andreas Gruchow, Member of the Board of Deutsche Messe AG, Hannover, is the new President of the European Major Exhibitions Centres Association (EMECA). He takes over the position from Piero Venturelli, General Director of Rimini Fiera Spa, who had been heading the association during a two-year term.

The 48-year old Andreas Gruchow has been a Member of the Managing Board of Deutsche Messe AG in Hannover since April 2008. He is responsible for all global activities, i.e. all exhibitions, events and structures outside of Germany as well as EMO Hannover, CeMAT Hannover and all B2C events of Deutsche Messe AG. He graduated with Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Mechanical Engineering and is working for Deutsche Messe AG since 1994 starting as Director EXPO 2000. "I am very proud to contribute to the profile of the European major exhibition centres and to promote exchange of experiences and best practice within our industry."

Former EMECA President Piero Venturelli had been leading the association with a strong focus on business expansion outside Europe, trade topics such as Intellectual Property Rights and high quality, innovative services for maximum benefit of exhibitors and visitors. During Piero Venturelli's mandate, EMECA and the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) came to an agreement to join forces for the European Exhibition Industry Alliance in Brussels, directed to the European Institutions and other relevant stakeholders. In 2012, EMECA celebrated its 20th Anniversary.

"My presidential period was marked by difficult developments within the industry in Europe due to the general financial and economic crisis but also by very positive, even outstanding developments of some members and markets. The exhibition industry of Europe remains sound and stable and continues to be a crucial and reliable partner for business in the Single Market of Europe and worldwide" says Piero Venturelli.

Andreas Gruchow's main focus will be to set up the practical operation and fist common tasks of the European Exhibition Industry Alliance, he personally had pushed very much during recent two years in his function as EMECA Vice President responsible for the relations with UFI. This Alliance between EMECA and UFI is headed by Barbara Weizsäcker who is also General Secretary of EMECA. Furthermore, Andreas Gruchow identifies the potential increase of revenues and profits of the EMECA members by introducing new services, new fields of digital business and the further expansion events abroad as the main issues to be discussed in EMECA. He resumes: "We are living in times of important shifts within the global economy and trade patterns, therefore it is vital that we strive to constantly develop and improve our business, to maintain our level of market activity within the EU and to seize promising opportunities in growing markets globally."

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About EMECA:

The 19 EMECA venues organize over 1,200 exhibitions a year with around 321,000 exhibitors and 37.7 million visitors on a gross rented display area of about 32 million square metres. According to their own estimates, the exhibiting companies generate a turnover of some 800 billion euros through exhibitions. A KMPG study shows that the economic effects initiated by exhibitions at the EMECA venues amount to some 16 billion euros and secure over 360,000 jobs in Europe.

The EMECA members:


Brussels Expo

Deutsche Messe (Hanover), Messe Frankfurt, NürnbergMesse, Landesmesse Stuttgart

EUREXPO – Centre de Conventions et d’Expositions de Lyon, VIPARIS, Paris

BolognaFiere, Fiera Milano, Rimini Fiera, VeronaFiere

The Netherlands:
Royal Dutch Jaarbeurs Utrecht

Feira Internacional de Lisboa

Expocentre Zao, Moscow

MCH Group (Basel, Zurich, Lausanne), Geneva Palexpo

Fira de Barcelona, IFEMA – Feria de Madrid, Feria Valencia

Press and media contact:
Barbara Weizsäcker
Tel.: +32 2 535 72 50

January 25, 2013