History


2016: 70 years - 5.000 events

Since it was founded as the first German foreign exhibition company in 1946, IMAG has been involved in more than 5,000 international fairs and exhibitions. Today, IMAG is a reliable partner throughout the world; it also organizes its own trade fairs. A lot has happened in 70 years. See for yourself:

1946

Foundation of IMAG in Munich by Dr.-Ing. Joachim Hietzig as the first ever German foreign trade fair company, in the photo: Dr. Hietzig with Prof. Dr. Ludwig Erhard, later German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Federal Chancellor

1948

IMAG receives the permission from all four occupation zones to conduct the first official German participation in the form of a joint information stand for the Milan Spring Fair. Exhibitors include Riepe KG from Hamburg with its ink pen from the Rotring brand.

1949

For the first time, the new German "Black/Red/Gold" flag confirmed by the German Federal Assembly is hoisted abroad – at the international fair in Izmir.

1950

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs in Bonn declares IMAG to be an "implementing company for official events of the German economy abroad".

1954

From 1954 to 1999, IMAG organized ten German industrial exhibitions TECHNOGERMA abroad, the first in Mexico City.

1955

First participation of German companies in a trade fair in Asia: Tokyo International Trade Fair (Japan)

1957

First joint company exhibition of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Arab world: German Industrial Exhibition Cairo

1960

First joint exhibition of German companies in Iran: Tehran International Fair

1962

IMAG founder Dr.-Ing. Joachim Hietzig travels for the first time to India for a trade fair organization. In the picture: The IMAG office during the exhibition build-up in Madras (now Chennai).

1963

Start of cooperation with the Central Marketing Organization of the German Agricultural Industry (CMA), first exhibition: Concours Général Agricole Paris

1967

German participation in the World Exhibition in Montreal (together with NOWEA, Düsseldorf). This was followed by contributions to four other World EXPOs.

1969

Award of the "Gold Medal" of the Exhibition and Trade Fair Committee of German Business (AUMA) for "German trade fair participations abroad after 1945"

1973

German-Mexican partnership exhibition FIMA in Mexico City

1975

First industrial exhibition TECHNOGERMA of the Federal Republic of Germany in the People's Republic of China, immediately after the establishment of diplomatic relations

1976

Advising the government of Togo in developing a trade fair in Lomé on behalf of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

1978

Start of the contractual cooperation with the Poznan Exhibition Center in Poland

1981

IMAG becomes a subsidiary of the Munich Trade Fair and Exhibition Company.

1986

Organization of the participation of the European Community at the EXPO in Vancouver

1987

On the occasion of the incorporation of Spain into the EC, IMAG, in cooperation with Messe Berlin, organizes the EXPO ALEMANIA in Madrid.

1988

TECHNOGERMA in New Delhi: More than 280 companies, mainly from the capital goods sector, participate; first IFAT in Beijing.

1990

After 42 years, IMAG is involved again in unified-German activities at trade fairs abroad - the first time at the International Trade Fair Tehran; construction of Exhibition Hall 38, the "German Hall" in Tehran.

1994

First IranConMin in Tehran, organized by IMAG itself.

1998

Relocation together with Messe München to the new site in Munich-Riem

2002

Conducting trade shows with Messe München on the grounds of the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) in Shanghai

2003

First participation in a trade fair in Algeria and at Auto Shanghai

2009

First analytica Vietnam, organized by IMAG itself.

2013

Most economically successful year for IMAG in its 30-year affiliation with Messe München
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