KARLSRUHE, Germany  – With growth of over 14 percent, PaintExpo, an international trade fair for industrial coating technology, reached new records for the number of exhibitors and visitors. The event didn’t just score on quantity but also quality. The 9,167 visitors from 70 different countries came to Karlsruhe, Germany, on April 8-11, 2014, with targeted requests and concrete projects and orders and were overwhelmed by the range presented during the show.

With the best results since its start, PaintExpo 2014 positioned itself as a leading global information and procurement platform for industrial coating technology. The event featured 469 exhibitors (14.4 percent more than in 2012) that presented products and solutions for wet painting, powder coating and coil coating. They came from 27 countries, with 28 percent of exhibitors coming from abroad. The net exhibition area was 12,634 square meters – a growth of 21.4 percent.

“PaintExpo has really developed well. As a high percentage of visitors come from all fields of industrial coating technology, they are able to obtain information about all the different areas. And that’s really well received. We were able to make excellent new contacts and nurture existing ones. When we take part again in 2016, we’ll have even more staff at our booth to cope with the growing number of visitors,” said Bernd Dispan, Sales Manager of Grimm Pulverlacke GmbH.

With an increase of 14.2 percent, the trade fair also registered a record number of 9,167 visitors. Event organizers report that 26.6 percent of professional visitors came from foreign countries. In total, 70 countries from all continents were represented.

The next PaintExpo is scheduled in Karlsruhe April 19-22, 2016. Because the exhibition will be held during odd years in the future, just this once the next PaintExpo after that will take place a year later on April 4-7, 2017. As of 2019, subsequent expos will be held every two years. Because the location is so well received by exhibitors and visitors alike, contracts with Messe Karlsruhe have been extended ahead of schedule right up to PaintExpo 2025.