Don't Miss out on Exhibiting!

PaintExpo is the world`s leading trade fair for industrial coating technology and is held biannually in Karlsruhe, Germany. It spans a wide variety of topics – from spray guns to accessories and supplies all the way to automation technology.

Product range

  • Systems and equipment for liquid painting, powder coating and coil coating
  • Application systems and spray guns
  • Wet paints and powder coatings
  • Automation and conveyor technology
  • Compressed air technology
  • Cleaning and pre-treatment
  • Drying and curing
  • Environmental technology, air supply and exhaust air purification, water treatment, recycling and disposal
  • Accessories, e.g. covering materials and systems, hangers, filters, pumps
  • Measuring and test technology, quality assurance
  • Paint stripping
  • Job-shop coatings
  • Packaging
  • Services
  • Training and vocational education
  • Research
  • Technical literature

PaintExpo by numbers

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, PaintExpo 2020 could not take place. The number of exhibitors and sqm refers to registered exhibitors at the time of cancellation.

Net area in square meters

Visitor structure

At Paint Expo 2018, 36% of visitors came from abroad. In total, visitors from 88 countries were represented.
Contract coaters & in-house coating companies, primarily from the automotive industry, mechanical engineering & other vehicle construction, as well as other metal, plastic & wood coating industries.


  • Oliver Zanner - Marketing Manager FreiLacke
    “Of course we were initially disappointed that the PaintExpo trade fair could not take place in 2020. We hoped for further positive impulses from it and had almost completed all preparations. Due to the spreading corona pandemic, the decision to cancel, to protect visitors and exhibitors, was important and correct. Let us hope that the measures taken lead to a significant improvement in the overall situation. We are therefore looking ahead - including a successful PaintExpo in 2022, in which we, as a long-standing exhibitor, will of course take part again. Let‘s hope that in 2022 we‘ll be able to experience another PaintExpo like we were used to from times before the pandemic.“
  • Thomas Krauze - Sales Manager Nordson Central Region
    “Nordson has a broad product portfolio for a wide variety of coatings. Starting with can coatings for the food industry, to dosing systems for the production of battery cells and of course the very efficient powder coating systems. 2020 should be a big trade fair year for us in all areas, but everything turned out differently. We quickly switched to online presentations and our success proves us right with many new projects. Nevertheless, we all miss networking and personal exchange at trade fairs. We see this very clearly when customers visit our test laboratory in Erkrath. We are therefore very much looking forward to PaintExpo 2022 to present our new developments to our customers.“
  • Daniela Nett - Dürr Systems AG
    “The Paint Expo every 2 years is an important milestone for us. We look forward to being there again in 2022!“
  • Sandra Dostert - Marketing Manager DACH - SAMES KREMLIN GmbH 6
    “The PaintExpo has been an indisputable meeting point for all those involved in industrial painting and surface technology from the very beginning. The format enables regular exchange with our partners, the presentation of innovative products and technologies and the exploration of potential development opportunities. It was with regret that we accepted the cancellation of the fair last year, but of course the health of the participants and the containment of the pandemic are our top priorities. Digital formats have been further developed since then and offer great potential, but we are again looking forward to the irreplaceable, personal contact on site at Paint Expo 2022. Many new technologies await you at the SAMES KREMLIN stand, including our completely new powder application series, PaintSave -System to save paint losses when changing colors as well as innovative applicators.“

Participate in the success. 2018: 3 exhibition halls, 537 exhibitors, 11,790 visitors.


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