Messe Munich, the world’s leading trade fairs in air and sea freight, transportation and logistics matters has acquired its competitors Air Cargo India and Air Cargo Africa from Indian owner STAT Trade Times. Through the step, air freight will play an even more prominent role in future expositions run by Messe Muenchen.
According to the organizers, air cargo is an increasingly dynamic and thriving part of the transport world, worth putting it up front in international trade and logistics fairs. In this context,
Messe Muenchen has decided to purchase Air Cargo India together with Air Cargo Africa as a twin-pack from the Indian STAT Trade Times, this way broadening its exhibition portfolio in a targeted
Priyo Patra is the interface between STAT Times and Messe Muenchen
By adding the two important air cargo trade shows in India and South Africa to Messe Munich’s transport logistics portfolio, “we are complementing our international logistics network of successful events in important markets,” Gerhard Gerritzen explained, member of the Management Board of Messe Muenchen, after the deal with STAT Trade Times was inked. He went on to say that Priyo Patra, former owner of the two exhibitions and co-owner of STAT Trade Times, will closely cooperate with Messe Muenchen, bringing his international network into play in the areas of sales and conference programs in a joint attempt to make both events even bigger.
Said Patra: “The partnership will create tremendous synergies, and I am sure that the air freight industry will benefit in many ways from it.” Examples of future fits he did not provide, however, leaving things at this rather vague and general level.
First opportunity to corroborate his statement comes in exactly four months, when the next Air Cargo Africa, held bi-annually, will take place in Johannesburg from February 19 - 21. This is followed in June of next year, when Air Cargo Europe as part of the world’s largest transport logistic trade fair is slated to open its doors at Munich’s exhibition center.
Finally, Air Cargo India that also takes place every two years, will be held in Mumbai at the beginning of 2020. Last February, the show attracted 74 exhibitors and welcomed 2,534 professional trade visitors.