Messe Frankfurt acquires Interlight Moscow

Messe Frankfurt continues to expand its position in Russia with the acquisition of Interlight Moscow from Nuremberg-based fair and exhibition company, OWP Ost-West-Partner GmbH.

“After having begun a working relationship with Interlight Moscow in 2010, we are now very pleased to be able to take this step and that OWP has accepted our offer”, says Wolfgang Marzin, president and CEO of Messe Frankfurt. “Russia is a key global market for the fair and exhibition sector, too. With great personal commitment, OWP has built up Interlight Russia into the nation’s biggest lighting fair. Hence, we have an excellent foundation for Interlight Moscow powered by Light+Building. At the same time, this reinforces the position of Messe Frankfurt as the global market leader in the field of building and lighting fairs.” Over the last 16 years, OWP has built up Interlight Moscow into the market leader in Russia. The last event at the beginning of November attracted over 576 exhibitors and more than 26,236 visitors.

 “We have been successfully working together with Messe Frankfurt on Light+Building for many years and are also familiar with the Russian subsidiary as an experienced partner for the fair and exhibition business there. Russia is an expanding market and an important export market for our member companies. Therefore, we are very pleased that Messe Frankfurt will build up Interlight Moscow into Russia’s foremost platform for lighting and building-services technology”, says Dr. Jürgen Waldorf, Head of the Lighting Division of the German Association of the Electrical and Electronics Industry.

Russia is one of the focal-point markets of Messe Frankfurt’s internationalization strategy. Thus, this year saw the debut of Paperworld Russia while the premières of NAMM Musikmesse and Pro Light + Sound NAMM are scheduled for 2012. Additionally, ISH Moscow will be held concurrently and in association with the SHK Moscow fair of Messe Düsseldorf.