Welcome to Essen – the birthplace of industrial manufacturing and innovation
Essen is one of the best places to host this event on disruptive, digital manufacturing of spare parts. It is the central city of the Ruhr area, the largest industry region in Germany with 5,3 million inhabitants, divided over 11 cities. Since the 16th century, the Krupp family dynasty and Essen shaped each other. Especially from 1811, when Friedrich Krupp founded Germany’s first cast-steel factory in Essen and laid the cornerstone for what was to be the largest enterprise in Europe for decades.
Nowadays Essen is the seat of several of the largest publicly held German corporations by revenue and is often considered as the energy capital of Germany with two of the largest energy companies headquartered in Essen.
The city’s exhibition center, Messe Essen, hosts some 50 trade fairs each year. With around 530,000 visitors each year, the Essen Motor Show is by far the largest event.
Essen is well connected with Germany and the European countries by the famous network of German motorways, such as the A52, A3, A40 and A42.
Essen Central Station is an important railway node with more than 120 ICE, InterCity, EuroCity and InterRegio connections in all directions. The venue Messe Essen is only 5 minutes away from the central station by subway.
Düsseldorf Airport is only 20 minutes’ drive from the Essen exhibition grounds and is also well-connected by rail. With more than 500 daily departures and arrivals, it offers flights to over 170 cities in Germany and across the world. There is a separate information counter for MESSE ESSEN in Terminal B.