Hans Peter Schneider (*1960)
has been the managing director of M3B GmbH since 2001
Contact/secretary’s officeTanja Evers
Tel: +49 (0)421 3505-225
Fax: +49 (0)421 3505-15225
MESSE BREMEN | CONGRESS BREMEN | ÖVB-Arenais a division of M3B GmbH owned by the City of Bremen which was established on 1 January 2018. The supervisory board chairman is Kristina Vogt, minister of Economics, Labour and Europa. The deputy chairman is Kerstin Kreitz, department head at the Ministry of Finance.
Further members are Ursula Carl, managing director Atlantic Grand Hotel Bremen and senior chairman of the Bremen e.V. transport association and Birgitt Rambalski, chief of protocol in the senate chancellery of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen.
Employee representatives in the supervisory board include Gabriele Frey, project manager WISSENSWERTE at MESSE BREMEN & ÖVB-Arena, Markus Günsch, market supervision at the depot of the Großmarkt Bremen (city’s central market), and Andrea Kosack, dispatch advisor at the Ratskeller – Weinhandel since 1405.
Exhibition departments and contact persons
energy produced in-house
less energy consumption
From 2006 to 2016 energy consumption decreased from 4.4 million to 3.5 million kilowatt hours despite significantly more events being held here. In 2019 the last event halls were fitted with LED lamps which means all halls including the ÖVB Arena are now energy efficiently lit.
In the beginning, the venue was used mainly for hire business. However, today 110 events are held in MESSE BREMEN & the ÖVB Arena each year of which 60 are trade fairs and congresses.
Of the venue’s own events, it is the nine-day HanseLife consumer trade fair which will soon have 80,000 visitors per year which is the most popular. Likewise, the fish international, jazzahead! and the Bremen Classic Motorshow also attract an international audience.
1960 – 1964: The beginningsBuilding of the Stadthalle Bremen (today the ÖVB Arena), Halls 2 and 3
After an architectural contest in 1995, the exhibition and event centre of the WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen was built on the town’s Bürgerweide up until 1997 according to plans by architects Gert Schulze (Bremen) with the planning group Hagg, von Ohlen, Rüffer and Partners (Bremen).
1992 – 1997: OpeningOpening of the Congress Centrum Bremen (CCB)
Halls 4 to 6 only opened in 1997. Hall 7 completed the venue in the early 2000s. MESSE BREMEN is very popular with external event organisers and one of the reasons for this is its central location and excellent accessibility. In addition, the adjoining outdoor area offers an extra 100,000 square metres. The 16 conference rooms in the Congress Centrum Bremen – also directly adjoining – offer space for between 15 and 1,600 participants.
1995 – 2004: ExpansionDuring this period Halls 4 to 6 were built, Hall 7 was completed and Hall 1 converted. Of the venue’s own events, it is the nine-day HanseLife consumer trade fair which will soon have 80,000 visitors per year which is the most popular. Likewise, the fish international, jazzahead! and the Bremen Classic Motorshow also attract an international audience.
2010 – present day: Continued growthIn 2010, 54 events, of which 20 were internal, were held in MESSE BREMEN & the ÖVB Arena which together attracted 349,000 visitors to the halls. In this year, 8,580 exhibitors used 405,000 m² gross floor space to showcase their products and services.