Founded: April 9th 1968


GHM emerged from the "Verein für Handwerks-Ausstellungen und Messen e.V." ("Association for Skilled Craft Exhibitions and Trade Fairs"), founded in 1948. The fact that GHM has its headquarters at the Munich exhibition grounds can be traced back to the origins of the Internationale Handwerksmesse: the latter started out in 1949 as one of the first large-scale Munich trade fairs. When the Messe München exhibition grounds moved to their current site in Riem in 1998, GHM also relocated its offices to be right at the heart of the action in one of Europe's biggest and most cutting-edge trade fair centres.

The main stages in the development of GHM:


1948 The "Verein für Handwerks-Ausstellungen und Messen e.V." was founded ("Association of Skilled Craft Exhibitions and Trade Fairs")

1949 Start of the Internationale Handwerksmesse

1968 The company underwent restructuring to become "GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksausstellungen und -messen mbH" ("Organisation of Exhibitions and Trade Fairs for Craft Trades")

1998 The company was renamed GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH

1998 Relocation to the Munich exhibition grounds



    Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern (Chamber of Skilled Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria)
    Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks (ZDH) (ZDH - German Confederation of Skilled Crafts)
    Bayerischer Handwerkstag e.V. (Bavarian Association of Skilled Crafts)

Management Board:

    Dieter Dohr, Management Board Chairman
    Klaus Plaschka, Managing Director
    Klaus Dittrich, Managing Director

Staff: 58 (as of July 1st 2013)