Frankfurt's Ambiente concluded after five days last month, finishing with a rise in visitor numbers, attracting 136,000 trade visitors from 166 countries.

Occupying a gross exhibition space of 306,500 sqm, 4451 exhibitors from 92 countries revealed new products.

Ambiente 2019 was the most international edition yet, with 85% of exhibitors from outside Germany. Significantly, more exhibitors reached their targets for the trade fair this year.

“Here at Ambiente we can still feel the hustle and bustle of world trade, even if there are already quite a few signs of a downturn in the economic outlook," says Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of organiser Messe Frankfurt.

"Using Ambiente as a trading hub, consumer goods manufacturers from the entire world target both local and regional markets – all over the world. Here in February, therefore, the signals are set for the entire year, 2019, and beyond. This is impressively borne out by the number of orders and the quality of both German and international buyers.”

The top 10 visitor nations after Germany were Italy, China, France, the UK, the Netherlands, the US, Spain, Switzerland, Russia and South Korea. Outstanding increases in visitors were recorded from across the globe – particularly from South America, with countries such as Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico, from Europe with the UK, Spain, the Netherlands and Russia, and from Asia, with China, Thailand and India.

The next Ambiente will be held from 7-11th February 2020.