The Hanover Messe closed this week with its reputation as the world's leading technology event intact.

There was an upbeat mood in every exhibition hall, accompanied by a tangible willingness to invest. Representatives of all the key industrial sectors were at the show to align themselves in this extremely dynamic environment and firm up their plans for the deployment of new technology and production processes.

'Hannover Messe has again given the economy a shot in the arm by stimulating capital investment worth billions of euros. All sectors were clearly feeling more upbeat about the future and ready for the challenges and opportunities lying ahead,' said Deutsche Messe Board Chairman Sepp D. Heckmann. 'Hanover Messe has confirmed its role as the world's leading technology event in no uncertain terms. This show is an essential export driver for the German economy.'

The total attendance figures of over 230,000 visitors - up more than 10 percent on the last directly comparable year, 2005 - was an outstanding result for Hannover Messe. Attendance from Germany was up 12 percent, with the volume of visitors from outside Germany up eight percent. Visitors from abroad represented around 30 percent of total attendance, with the biggest increases in foreign participation coming from the Americas and eastern Europe.

The rate of international participation among exhibitors was even stronger than for visitors. Out of the 6,400 exhibitors at this year's event, 3,222 came from abroad - from 68 different countries. This put the international turnout at over 50 percent; the highest figure in the 60-year history of Hannover Messe.

Europe was the main exhibitor continent, followed by Asia and the Americas. Apart from Germany, the year's main exhibitor nations were Italy, China and Turkey (this year's Partner Country).