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Messe Düsseldorf Gains Stake in Turkish Events

Jan. 25, 2024
In partnership with Deutsche Messe AG, the GIFA organizer formed a venture to acquire and organize the Ankiros/TurkCast and AluExpo trade fairs for the foundry and metallurgy industries.

Messe Düsseldorf Group and Deutsche Messe AG have formed a joint venture to manage the ANKIROS/TURKCAST and ALUEXPO events for the foundry and metallurgical industries that take place biannually in Istanbul, Turkey. Those events target many of the same audiences served by Messe Düsseldorf’s quadrennial Bright World of Metals trade fairs, and comparable events it stages in India, Thailand, Indonesia, Egypt, and Mexico.

“This partnership not only extends Messe Düsseldorf’s international network with a new subsidiary but also reinforces our global and strategic leadership in metallurgy and foundry trade fairs,” explained Wolfram N. Diener, CEO & President of Messe Düsseldorf.

ANKIROS/TURKCAST is the “International Iron – Steel, Foundry, Non Ferrous Metallurgy Technologies, Machinery and Products Trade Fair,” with programs for ferrous and nonferrous metalcasting. It’s next staging will be in September 2024.

ALUEXPO is the International Aluminium Technology, Machinery and Products Trade Fair,” and it’s next presentation will be in October 2025.

Ibrahim Anil, who established those events, will remain as general manager of the venture.

Other terms of the acquisition were not announced.

Co-investor Deutsche Messe is the organizer of the annual Hannover Fair, the focus of which is emerging industrial technologies. Each will hold a 50% share of Hannover Messe Ankiros Fuarcilik A.S., the venture that will organize the Turkish events.

Deutsche Messe is being counted upon for its “longstanding experience in Turkey,” according to the announcement by Messe Düsseldorf. “This partnership enables us to fully tap into the market potential in the Turkish metallurgy and foundry industries,” stated Deutsche Messe chairman Dr. Jochen Köckler.

The four Düsseldorf events – GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST – are the world’s principal trade shows for metallurgical and metalcasting technologies, and Messe Düsseldorf has lately established regional trade fairs serving comparable exhibitors and attendees. By adding the Istanbul events, “We are opening up the attractive Eurasian growth market for our customers and strengthening our company’s international competitive position,” according to Diener.

According to Messe Düsseldorf, the new events also expand its portfolio to incorporate more focus on nonferrous metallurgy and manufacturing. “With this move we are strengthening key mechanical engineering segments such as diecasting,” stated Malte Seifert, the director of the four Düsseldorf events.