The Poznań International Fair (Międzynarodowe Targi Poznańskie) is the biggest industrial fair in Poland. It is held on the Poznań fairground in Poland. Poznań International Fair is located in the centre of the city opposite the main railway station - Poznań Główny, in the centre of Poland and in the centre of Europe.
Typically, there are about 13 200 exhibitors including about 3,000 foreign companies from 70 countries of the world participate in 80 trade fair events organized on the grounds of the Poznań fair.
The Poznań-based fair owns the largest exhibition and conference infrastructure in Poland, including 16 high standard air-conditioned halls with a large exhibition area (over 110,000 sq.m. in exhibition halls and almost 35,000 sq.m. on open grounds) and 81 modern conference rooms.
In 1911, Poznań, which was then part of the German Empire, was the site of the Great East-German Exhibition. The Lower Silesian Tower was designed by the famous German architect, Hans Poelzig ,for this event. The foundation of this tower includes one of the modern symbols of the PIF - the Spire (Iglica, pavilion 11).
The idea of organising a modern fair by Polish manufacturers and merchants had its origins during the congress of the Union of Merchant Associations held in Poznań in 1917. The Union was an organisation of Polish merchants from Greater Poland and Eastern Pomerania. The fair was required to be of an international character and organised like the Leipzig Trade Fair. The first Poznań Trade Fair (I Targ Poznański), as it was called, took place in 1921 (from 28 May till 5 June), and the first chairman was Mieczysław Krzyżankiewicz. Before 1924, only Polish companies, companies from Free City of Gdańsk and foreign companies with branches in Poland which were represented by Polish citizens could participate. During 1924, agreements were signed with companies from Czechoslovakia , France , Yugoslavia , Latvia , Germany , Romania , Switzerland , and Sweden , so that the first really international fair took place in 1925. In 1927 the PIF was accepted as a member of the UFI.
Today The Poznań International Fair is the largest trade fair organizer in Poland (by over 50% of total exhibition area and over 60% of exhibitors). It is the 21st largest fair in the world, with about 50 trade events taking place on its area every year. Area of PIF is over 110,000 m² indoor and 35,000 m² outdoor exhibition space. PIF a is state-owned company - 60% of shares belong to Polish State Treasury, and 40% to the City of Poznań . MTP organises expositions of Polish leaders at over 50 renowned trade shows and exhibitions abroad in such countries as: Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
MTP has foreign representative offices all over the world. Its clients can obtain exhaustive information about the offers of the Poznań fair there.
MTP is also an organiser of over 1,600 congresses, conferences and workshops and hosts approx. 100,000 participants of these events per year. It has the most extensive experience in comprehensive organisation of congresses and conferences, sport and culture events attracting numerous participants and huge audiences in Poland.