14 - 17 April 2026 in Karlsruhe PaintExpo
15/12/2020 PaintExpo

Leipziger Messe Takes Over PaintExpo, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Industrial Coating Technologies

Leipziger Messe Group of Companies

On 1 December 2020, Leipziger Messe took over PaintExpo from FairFair GmbH. Since the trade fair was first established in 2006, PaintExpo has taken place every two years in April at Messe Karlsruhe. PaintExpo has become the world's leading trade fair for industrial coating technologies with 537 exhibitors from 29 coun-tries and 11,790 expert visitors from 88 countries attending the last event. The next PaintExpo will take place from 26 to 29 April 2022 in Karlsruhe.

"PaintExpo is a perfect fit for us. I look forward to working with PaintExpo's strong part-ners, the international exhibitors and visitors and the current exhibition team. With our extensive expertise in industrial fairs, together we will continue to expand PaintExpo as the world's leading platform," says Markus Geisenberger, Chief Executive Officer of Leipziger Messe. "PaintExpo is now part of the Leipziger Messe portfolio – this sends a strong signal. We want to take this opportunity to further strengthen our portfolio and market position, particularly at such a challenging time."

Jürgen Haußmann, Managing Director of FairFair GmbH explains: "I am pleased that PaintExpo has now become part of Leipziger Messe and that this will ensure the neces-sary continuity for customers. Leipziger Messe's proven expertise in organising suc-cessful international trade fairs and its strong service orientation will help lead the way for PaintExpo's future development. I am sure the event’s success story will continue."

Haußmann, who founded PaintExpo in 2006 and expanded it to the world's leading trade fair for industrial coating technologies, will continue to play an advisory role. In addition, Leipziger Messe is taking over the PaintExpo exhibition team and site in Ober-boihingen, Baden-Württemberg. Leipziger Messe will continue the event's highly suc-cessful cooperation with its existing partners, JOT – Journal für Oberflächentechnik (Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH) and Messe Karlsruhe – the PaintExpo ven-ue.

Gerhard Ohmacht, Executive Director of the Trade and Industrial Fairs Division at Leip-ziger Messe, is responsible for PaintExpo's future development. Ohmacht, an industrial engineer specialised in technical sales and sales communication, has many years of management experience in industry and B2B environments. Since March 2020, he has been responsible for the industrial and trade fair portfolio at the Leipziger Messe Group of Companies.

The PaintExpo acquisition process was supported by the broker Fair Relations GmbH.

The next PaintExpo will take place from 26 to 29 April 2022 in Karlsruhe.

About Leipziger Messe

Leipziger Messe is one of the ten leading German trade fair companies and one of the top 50 worldwide. It organises events in Leipzig and at various locations in Germany and abroad. With its five subsidiaries and the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL), Leipziger Messe is a comprehen-sive service provider covering the entire chain of the events business. Thanks to this offer, customers and visitors voted Leipziger Messe - for the seventh time in a row - the service champion of the trade fair industry in Germany's largest service ranking in 2020. The Leipzig fairgrounds comprise an exhibition area of 111,900 m² and an open-air exhibition area of 70,000 m². Every year, around 270 events take place – trade fairs, exhibitions and congresses – with over 15,500 exhibitors and more than 1.2 million visitors from all over the world. Leipzig was the first German trade fair company to be certified according to the Green Globe standards. Sus-tainability is a recurring theme in the Leipziger Messe's corporate activities.


Dr. Andreas Knaut
Corporate Spokesperson and Head of Communications
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