October 13 2008.

INTERMOT Cologne closed yesterday after five days which attracted over 200,000 visitors from 110 countries.

"This was an outstanding turnout, which clearly showed the sector that in Cologne the international trade is addressed just as much as the general public" says Oliver P. Kuhrt, Executive Vice President at Koelnmesse. "In addition to motorcycle and scooter enthusiasts, our approach of creating a world of experience for the whole family was a complete success, and enabled us to introduce new target groups to the fascination of motorcycles".

Reiner Brendicke, General Manager of the German Motorcycle Industry Association(IVM), agrees with this assessment: "We have addressed the younger public through a variety of measures during the last few years. This clear trend, that an ever younger generation is becoming interested in motorcycles and scooters, could be seen at INTERMOT Cologne and around the city, giving confirmation of our work and a recognition of the involvement of our members, who once again presented themselves impressively in Cologne".

Over 200,000 buyers and motorcycle enthusiasts from 110 countries came to the metropolis on the Rhine as part of INTERMOT Cologne. Among them were numerous trade visitors from Germany and abroad. The appeal for trade visitors remained undiminished and accounted for around 30 per cent. In all, 35 per cent of the buyers came from outside Germany.

In total 1,068 exhibiting companies from 36 countries participated in INTERMOT Cologne 2008, of which 372 were German and 696 came from abroad. The proportion of foreign exhibiting companies was 65 per cent. After Germany, the country with the largest number of exhibitors is traditionally Italy, followed by Taiwan, China, the USA, the UK, Pakistan, the Netherlands and France.