News | 118 exhibitors, 9 600 visitors


IPM offshoot in Mexico meets organisers’ expectations

More than 9 600 visitors coming from 14 countries attended the first OPF in Mexico.

More than 9 600 visitors coming from 14 countries attended the first OPF in Mexico.

In September, the latest foreign cooperation of the international plant trade fair IPM, the Ornamental, Plants & Flowers México powered by IPM Essen (OPF) celebrated its premiere. In the Centro Citibanamex in Mexico City, 118 exhibitors from twelve nations presented their products and services in the fields of plants, innovative horticultural technology, floristry, landscaping and horticulture on an area of 8 9000 m².

Germany and Sri Lanka presented themselves in official national pavilions with the support of the respective ministries. The 9 642 visitors from Chile, Costa Rica, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, the Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Sri Lanka and the USA demonstrated "impressively", according to the organisers, the need for a separate trade event for the green sector in Mexico.

OPF is the first international trade fair for horticultural production in Mexico. The second edition next year is already firmly scheduled. However, it will take place around two months later, namely from 17 to 19 November 2019.

"We can look back on a successful first event. The interest in horticulture in Latin America is impressive. With OPF, we have succeeded in giving the sector another top-class platform. Especially the participation of German exhibitors and visitors was remarkable," says Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen. With its proximity to the USA, one of the largest consumer markets for horticultural products, Mexico is an attractive location. In addition, the country with its different climate zones offers ideal production conditions for a large number of plants throughout the year. The free trade agreement between the European Union and Mexico which has been in place for several years also supports trade between the two continents.

The great importance attached to OPF was already demonstrated by the lively political support in advance and, in particular, by the participation in the opening ceremony: In addition to the German Ambassador Peter Tempel, the Dutch Ambassador Margriet Leemhuis and representatives of the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture as well as of the Japanese Embassy, Johannes Graf as a representative of the German Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Governor of the Mexican state Morelos Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo also took part.

On the day before the opening of the fair, international exhibitors and visitors were given the opportunity to gain their own impressions of the local companies during a guided tour of the production areas within the state of Morelos, Mexico's largest plant cultivation area.

On all three days, OPF was accompanied by a trade fair program: international florists demonstrated their skills and shared their knowledge in workshops. On the second day of the fair, the current legal situation for plant producers in Mexico and the rights of international licensors were extensively examined as part of the "Breeders Rights Seminar".

|24 October 2019 | 11:35


Post a comment

* Please complete the areas marked in red correctly and in full!.

(will not be published)

* obligatory fields

Latest news

Gardening blooms in the Philippines

For all the damage it has caused the business sector and the broader economy, the coronavirus-related lockdown that prevailed over the Philippines View news...

Small B&Q concessions in four Asda stores

Kingfisher is to test out small-format B&Q stores as concessions in Asda supermarkets. Four of these are to be rolled out this autumn. The View news...

Kingfisher’s online sales grow by 164 per cent

E-commerce sales of the Kingfisher Group for the first half of the year (start of February to the end of July) grew by 164 per cent compared with the View news...

Kingfisher ends first half-year with a slight drop in sales

The British Kingfisher Group ended the first six months (ended 31 July 2020) of fiscal 2020/2021 with a small drop in sales. Overall sales fell by View news...

DIY International | Service

DIY International Corona special

The Coronavirus crisis and the DIY industry

All news, reports and information from the DIY International editorial team in connection with the corona epidemic at a glance. The pages are constantly updated. As the situation changes very quickly, please note the date and time of the respective publication.

CORONA special

Actual figures

Statistics Home Improvement Europe

Statistics Home Improvement
This brochure provides a competent overview of the situation in the Home Improvement sector in 31 European countries.

Order now!