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Here Are the Biggest Trade Fairs to Keep on Your Radar in 2024

5 Dec 2023

Zooming into 2024, the events industry braces for an impressive showcase as some of the biggest trade fairs are returning! Following a triumphant return to form in 2023, it's time to kick things into high gear. This isn't merely about business as trade fairs explore trends, immerse professionals into cutting-edge technology, designs and ideas.

From tech showcases to networking, these fairs are equipping businesses with all the tools needed for greatness. Buckle up, put your business cards in your front pocket and prepare for an impactful year ahead. In this lineup, we've curated the biggest fairs, selected based on audience participation.

ACHEMA 2024: June 10th – 14th; Frankfurt, Germany

ACHEMA, celebrated as the definitive stage for breakthroughs in chemical engineering and the process industry, is gearing up for an exceptional display of innovation. This global exhibition spotlights themes like sustainability, safety and water management. Exhibitors shine a spotlight on advancements in analysis technology, laboratory equipment, security systems and instrumentation. ACHEMA’s triumph lies in its unparalleled B2B platform, hosting a staggering 144,628 industry visitors in 2022, coupled with a unique information program.

With each edition, ACHEMA establishes trends across diverse fields. Hosted triennially at Messe Frankfurt, the exhibition chronicles the entire history of the industry and introduces special themes that complement its core focuses: chemical engineering, energy & alternative feedstock, chemical & biochemical reaction technology, and material processing. The PRAXISforum features a series of concise, practical presentations covering best practices, productions and the latest ready-to-use technologies. For trailblazers in the sector, the ACHEMA Start-up Award provides an opportunity to shine.

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Fаrnbоrоugh Іntеrnаtіоnаl Аіrѕhоw 2024: July 22nd – 26th; Fаrnbоrоugh, UK

Farnborough International Airshow brings the public and big business to Farnborough, UK, for a week-long celebration of all things aviation and aerospace. As a business event, the airshow attracts buyers of all levels, making it the perfect opportunity for successful deals. It's the ideal event to gain traction in the UK and stay updated with the latest industry news.

Farnborough International Airshow, with its first edition in 1948, is one of the longest-running air shows globally, currently ranking second in size after the Paris Airshow. Held at Farnborough Airfield, it produces an incredible program every two years, enjoyed by both aerospace professionals and aviation enthusiasts alike – often exceeding 80,000 people. A major draw for the public is the aerial displays gracing the skies above the airfield, including the record-setting 22-plane formation loop by the RAF's Black Arrows in 1958.

The product lineup, shown by a total of 1500 exhibitors, covers the full spectrum of equipment, technology, and aircraft. Visitors have access to the entire spectrum from civilian to military aviation—rotary, aircraft interior, aerospace 4.0, air cargo, manufacturing technologies, UAS, and MRO!


Gаmеѕсоm 2024: August 21st – 25th; Cologne, Germany

Video games have entrenched themselves in the modern Zeitgeist to the point where gaming is a multimillion-dollar industry. Everyone seems to be a gamer, and Gamescom serves as a launchpad for the hottest titles in video game entertainment every single year. The trade fair for digital gaming enjoys the title ‘largest gaming trade fair’ based on its size and attendance rate. The numbers are in agreement. You can’t argue with the fact that editions pull in over 1000 exhibitors and 370,000 trade visitors. All of this takes place at Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. You don't want to miss this!

Gamescom succeeds on multiple levels. Since its inception in 2009, the trade fair targets both the public, who enjoy video games, and industry insiders who can profit higher on the supply chain. Game studios use the fair's platform to receive valuable media coverage, have the target demographic give feedback on demos, and foster valuable business connections.

Visitors have access to the full value chain – computer games, console games, GameCube, repair services, hardware, communication technology, promotional items, software, cleaning utensils, and all other related paraphernalia. To manage the flow of visitors and exhibitors to get the most out of each fair, Gamescom keeps its first day open only to trade visitors to facilitate business negotiations.

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IFA Berlin 2024: September 6th – 10th; Berlin, Germany

IFA Berlin is the world’s preeminent international trade show for consumer electronics, a must-attend spectacle propelling innovation in home appliances. Held at Messe Berlin, it has solidified its status among the foremost global events, drawing the industry’s giants and brands. With an audience surpassing 238,000 trade visitors in 2022, it serves as a flourishing marketplace to explore and expand into new regions.

This trade show showcases an extensive array of products, encompassing new technology markets. The product portfolio spans audio-visual technology, information technology, television technology, multimedia, data transmission, robotics, IoT, smart home, HiFi, payment systems, VOD, air solutions, music electronics and electric household appliances.

Beyond the essential product areas, IFA Berlin has meticulously crafted Special Areas, which provide a sneak peek into the future of home and personal electronics. The IFA iZone acts as a playground for mobile accessories and the product realms of Mac, iTech and Apps. Reseller Park seamlessly connects exhibitors with major resellers, while IFA Smart Home delves into the trends of digital home technology.

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СІІЕ 2024: November 5th – 10th; Shanghai, China

The Chinese International Import Exhibition (CIIE) has quickly become a focal point in international commerce, making waves in economic circles just after a single edition. This major move by China aims to foster long-term economic relationships with other regions. The trade fair is based in Shanghai and has welcomed over 150,000 national and foreign purchasers during its last edition.

CIIE is an exhibition in the making, with its first edition in 2018, and organisers already reported plans to increase the exhibition area and add further themed areas in its current lineup. This event stands as a powerful economic and political move, aligning with the Chinese government’s firm course toward trade liberalisation and economic globalisation.

The CIIE attracts companies from various major industries to exhibit, including automotive, food and beverage, fashion and clothing, consumer electronics and medical technology. The previous edition hosted over 1500 exhibitors.

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