Warehouse "Stockumer Höfe 1" partially burnt down by fire
On Thursday, 21 February 2019, around 7.45 p.m., the "Stockumer Höfe 1" warehouse outside the actual exhibition grounds, was set on fire for reasons not yet clarified.
Just five minutes later, the Düsseldorf fire brigade – supported by the Messe Düsseldorf works fire brigade – was on site. The immediately initiated fire-fighting operations quickly limited the fire. However, also these quick measures could not prevent the eastern part of the hall from burning down over an area of around 50 by 50 metres.
According to the latest findings, people were not harmed.
With a revenue of around EUR 294m in 2018, the Messe Düsseldorf Group has maintained its position as one of Germany’s most successful trade fair companies. 26,800 exhibitors presented their products to 1.14m trade visitors at events in Düsseldorf last year. Compared with previous events, this was an increase in the numbers of both exhibitors and visitors. The Düsseldorf exhibition centre hosts around 50 trade fairs in five sectors of expertise: machinery, plants and equipment; retail, crafts and services; health and medical technologies; lifestyle and beauty; and leisure. The trade fairs include 23 own number-one trade fairs, as well as, currently, 15 strong partner and guest events. Also, its subsidiary Düsseldorf Congress held around 2,200 conventions, corporate events, conferences and meetings in 2018, attracting around 1.6m delegates in all. In addition, the Messe Düsseldorf Group organises 70 proprietary events, joint events and contracted events in other countries and is one of the leading export platforms in the world. The international attendance is particularly high with the capital goods trade fairs of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH. In 2018, Messe Düsseldorf's own events in machinery, plants and equipment attracted approx. 77% international exhibitors and 70% trade visitors from other countries. In all, Düsseldorf trade fairs were attended by customers from about 180 countries. The group runs a global network of 77 international offices for 141 countries, including 7 international subsidiaries.