Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following were Partner Countries in the earlier editions of HANNOVER MESSE:

  • Japan in 2008
  • South Korea in 2009
  • Italy in 2010
  • France in 2011
  • China in 2012
  • Russia in 2013
  • Holland in 2014
  • India in 2015

Germany is Europe’s most industrialized and second most populous country. Famed for its technological achievements, it has also produced some of Europe’s most celebrated composers, philosophers and poets.

India and Germany have enjoyed long standing friendly relations based on shared democratic values, the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious nature of the two societies and strong people-to-people contacts.

The innovative German economy contributes significantly to global growth (among other things, technology transfer) and employment through exports and the import of intermediate products. The EU/euro area, as a whole, profits from this growth.

Germany is experiencing robust wage growth, and wage increases in Germany are helping to strengthen private consumption. Over the past years, German GDP growth has been supported above all by the domestic economy thereby presenting a good market to be explored by Indian companies. An attractive market and excellent local characteristics make Germany the most popular European destination for new Indian investments after the United Kingdom.


Location Central Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, between the Netherlands and Poland, south of Denmark
Area 357,022 sq km


Population 80,996,685 (July 2014 est.)
Languages German (official)
Population growth rate -0.18% (2014 est.)
Literacy 99%


GDP (official exchange rate) $3.593 trillion (2013 est.)
GDP- real growth rate 0.5% (2013 est.)
GDP- per capita (PPP) $39,500 (2013 est.)
GDP- composition by sector agriculture: 1.6%industry: 24.6%services: 73.8%
Industries among the world’s largest and most technologically advanced producers of iron, steel, coal, cement, chemicals, machinery, vehicles, machine tools, electronics, automobiles, food and beverages, shipbuilding, textiles
Exports $1.493 trillion (2013 est.)
Exports- commodities motor vehicles, machinery, chemicals, computer and electronic products, electrical equipment, pharmaceuticals, metals, transport equipment, foodstuffs, textiles, rubber and plastic products
Exports- partners France 9.21%, United States 7.85%, United Kingdom 6.53%, Netherlands 6.33%, China 5.91%, Italy 5.05%, Austria 5.03%, Switzerland 4.3%, Belgium 4.04% (2013 est.)
Imports $1.233 trillion (2013 est.)
Imports- commodities machinery, data processing equipment, vehicles, chemicals, oil and gas, metals, electric equipment, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, agricultural products
Import- partners Netherlands 12.88%, France 7.61%, China 6.25%, Belgium 6.13%, Italy 5.31%, United Kingdom 4.61%, Austria 4.33%, United States 4.19%, Switzerland 4.3%, Austria 4.1%, Poland 4% (2013 est.)
Exchange rates Euro (EUR) per US dollar: 1.29 (2014)
Ports and terminals major seaport(s): Baltic Sea – Rostock; North Sea – Wilhelmshavenriver port(s): Bremen (Weser); Bremerhaven (Geeste); Duisburg, Karlsruhe, Neuss-Dusseldorf (Rhine); Brunsbuttel, Hamburg (Elbe); Lubeck (Wakenitz)oil/gas terminal(s): Brunsbuttel Canal terminals
Rank on the Ease of Doing Business Index 21

India – Germany bilateral trade

YEAR 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014
EXPORT 5,412.89 6,751.18 7,942.79 7,246.20 7,515.81
IMPORT 10,318.18 11,891.37 15,601.13 14,325.79 12,932.41
TOTAL TRADE 15,731.07 18,642.55 23,543.93 21,571.99 20,448.22

Value in million US$

Source: Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India

India’s exports to Germany for 2013-14 are US$ 7,515.81 million (Growth; 3.72%), Imports are US$ 12,932.41 million (Growth; -9.73). Presently, Germany is the 6th largest trading partner of India with total trade amounting to US$ 20,448.22 million in 2013-14. While in 2006-07, it held the same position with total trade of US$ 11,537.45 million, Exports at US$ 3,984.81 million and Imports at US$ 7,552.64 million. (Source: MoC&I)

In 2010, India stood 26th on the list of sourcing countries for Germany and 21st among important destinations for German exports.

India-Germany trade in engineering goods for 2006-07 was US$ 6749.16 million (Exports were US$ 1111.89 million & Imports at US$ 5637.27 million). For 2010-11, the figures were, Exports at US$ 2317.69 million and Imports at US$8302.19 million. (Source: MoC&I)

During 2013-14, India’s total trade in engineering goods with Germany was US$ 11,232.78 million (Exports were US$ 2,385.20 million and Imports were US$8,847.58 million). (Source: MoC&I)

Foreign Direct Investment:

Cumulative FDI equity inflows all Countries in India during the period from January, 2000 to January, 2014 are US$ 212.03 billion, excluding amount remitted on RBI’s-NRI Schemes. Germany stands at 8th position with total FDI inflows of US$6.33 billion during the period amounting to 3% of total FDI. (Source: DIPP)

Important Areas of Cooperation:

While India is growing in significance as a trading partner for Germany there is clearly a great deal of potential to be realized. Apart from traditional sectors, knowledge-driven sectors hold good potential for collaboration in the fields of IT, ITES, biotechnology, auto components, renewable energy, green technology, urban mobility & development and the entertainment industry.

Garments and textile products, chemical products, leather & leather goods, iron, steel and metal goods, electronic components, electrical components, pharmaceutical products, and auto components are major items of exports from India to Germany. The key German exports to India include electrical generation equipment, auto equipment, complete fabrication plants, bearings, gear equipment, measurement and control equipment, primary chemical products, synthetic material, machine tools, aircraft and iron and steel sheets, etc.


Hannover is the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany. Hanover is located 177 miles (285 km) west of Berlin, 94 miles (151 km) south of Hamburg, 392 miles (631 km) north of Munich, and 85 miles (137 km) east of Osnabrück. As an economic region, Hannover is firmly rooted in a well-established but forward-looking environment with a broad range of business sectors.

With a population of 518,386 (31 December 2013) Hanover is a major centre of Northern Germany and the country’s thirteenth largest city. Hanover is also known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs. Other salient features of the economic metropolis of Hannover are its central geographical location, optimum transport infrastructure and effective economic development schemes. Highly diverse educational institutions, excellent leisure amenities and numerous greenbelt recreation areas all add up to an impressive regional profile.

The city is a premium industrial location, service centre and trade hub and also enjoys an international reputation as a trade fair and conference venue. The efficient and interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge between business enterprises and renowned research and development institutes is a reliable factor for encouraging innovation and business start-ups. In terms of spending power, turnover and central situation, the region is one of the most successful retail trade locations in Germany.

With 10 leading trade fairs taking place in parallel, HANNOVER MESSE covers a wider range of themes and exhibits than any other event. The opportunity to develop new sales leads in other sectors, unique access to new products and technologies and a huge international presence attract exhibitors from all over the world. Large enterprises, SMEs and aspiring start-ups all benefit in equal measure from new contacts, new networking opportunities and the kind of public and media exposure that only HANNOVER MESSE can provide.


Focus Areas:

When it comes to economic development, Hannover banks on continuous cooperation between local business enterprises and scientific centres. The focus is on the six sectors which have been identified as having particularly sustainable growth potential, namely automotive, energy solutions, information and communications technology, life sciences, the creative economy and production engineering. Many areas profit from additional cross sectoral synergies and interfaces. More and more startups are exploiting these benefits and have helped to enhance Hannover’s profile as a business location. The metropolitan region Hannover Braunschweig Göttingen Wolfsburg plays a central role in promoting the development and consolidation of the scientific, economic and cultural networks.

Since its reunification in 1989, Germany is once again one of the largest countries in Europe with Berlin as its capital. Germany is in west-central Europe, that stretches from the Alps, across the North European Plain to the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.Germany shares borders with Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.

Cultural standards describe characteristics on an abstract and generalized level. They relate to the elements which are common to a particular nation. An individual German can, of course, significantly diverge from these standards. However, the majority of Germans adhere to them, which explains the consistent impressions foreign business partners have of Germans.The most important German cultural standards are:

  • Focus on the task
  • Value of structures and rules
  • Seriousness & trustworthiness
  • Desire for perfection
  • Reliability and avoidance of uncertainty (rule-orientation, internalized focus of control)
  • German punctuality (time-planning)
  • Separation of spheres of life (professional & private)
  • Openness and straightforwardness are positive values
  • Written communication plays an important role (everything that is important must be presented in writing)

In the German understanding, such personally-professional tasks as goal-orientation, assertiveness and persistence in achieving a goal are the characteristics of a professional.

India: GMT + 05:30 Germany: GMT + 02:00

Berlin, Germany is 03:30 hours behind India.

Since 2002, the currency of Germany is Euro (€) which is the currency used by the member countries of the European Union and is the official currency of the eurozone.Exchange rates as on 18th September, 2014

euro= 1.29 US Dollar

= 78.42 Indian Rupee

= 0.79 British Pound Sterling

Average temperature: 8°C (46°F)Normal Max / High Temperature: 13°C (55°F)

Min/ Low Temperature: 3°C (37°F)

April is a tricky months to predict as the weather can change rapidly day to day and even hour to hour. Pack some warmer clothes, a lighter coat or jacket.

The official language of Germany is German, with over 95% of the population speaking German as their first language. Minority languages include Sorbian, spoken by 0.09% in the east of Germany and North Frisian spoken in Nordfriesland by around 10,000 people, or 0.01%, who also speak German.

23th to 27th April, 2018

Opening Hours: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

HANNOVER MESSE 2018 would be organized in Hanover fairground (in German: Messegelände Hannover) which is an exhibition area in the Mittelfeld district of Hanover, Germany.

HANNOVER MESSE is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. Being the most significant event of the technological industry worldwide, HANNOVER MESSE is also the initiator of important investments in technology and automation. The industry deals especially with global trends such as sustainability, mobility, urbanisation and the lack of resources. A well-balanced mix of different topics, HANNOVER MESSE will focus especially on inter-nationality relating to the exhibitors and visitors as well as service packages. HANNOVER MESSE 2018 covers all the core themes of the industrial value-adding chain at a single location – from individual components to the complete smart factory. Current hot topics such as Industry 4.0, energy efficiency and lightweight construction will be discussed in many different forums at the show, and visiting industry professionals will raise the same issues with exhibitors on their stands. The 10 leading international trade fairs in the line-up showcase crossover technologies with applications throughout industry. So exhibiting firms will have direct access to new markets and sales opportunities for their products and solutions.

Highlights of HANNOVER MESSE 2017:

  • 6500 Exhibitors from 100 countries
  • 5.6 Million business contacts
  • 2,25,000 Visitors from 100 countries
  • 94.7% Trade Visitors
  • 150 Business Delegations
  • 2300 Journalists
  • Enquires and MOU’s worth 4.5 billion USD

HANNOVER MESSE 2017 attracted more than 2,25,000 visitors from more than 100 different nations, matching the strong performance of 2012. Another standout feature involved the high percentage of industry professionals and top buyers and decision-makers among attendees. There were more foreign than German exhibitors at 2015 edition.

The visitors came to Hannover to explore the future of industry and invest in the latest factory and energy technology on show by some 6,500 exhibitors. In the 2015 edition of HANNOVER MESSE Partner Country was India. 250 companies from the India exhibited at HANNOVER MESSE 2017, setting a new record for Partner Country participation.

The exhibitors will showcase new products along the entire industrial value chain. The world’s leading show for industrial technology highlights innovations and groundbreaking solutions in all the core sectors – i.e. Industrial Automation, MDA – Motion, Drive & Automation, Digital Factory, Energy, ComVac, Industrial Supply as well as Research & Development.


EEPC India along with the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India is organizing India Show at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 with the active support from the Indian Embassy in Berlin and Embassy of Germany in New Delhi.Deutsche Messe AG, a Hannover, Germany based trade fair company is the organizer of HANNOVER MESSE 2018. Deutsche Messe AG has more than 1,000 employees, maintains a network of 64 sales partner, subsidiaries and branches in over 110 different countries and an exhibition center with a superb infrastructure totaling 1 million square meters of space, making it the world’s foremost trade fair company.


About 300 Indian companies / exhibitors are expected to participate. The participants would be adequately represented from PSUs, Pvt. and SME sector of the economy.