A BIT OF HISTORY ON THE IEF

International engineering fair

Originally, the first engineering fair was supposed to take place in 1958, but so many exhibitors were interested that the capacity of the exhibition grounds at the time wasn’t sufficient. Therefore, within just 12 months, three new pavilions (B, C, and Z) had to be constructed. Thanks to its unusual roof structure, pavilion Z was unique at the time. Its cupola was manufactured separately and several cranes were used to place it on its foundation.

The first International Engineering Fair began on September 6, 1959, attracting 180 thousand visitors on the very first day. However, its beginnings weren’t only about engineering, as it also focused on other industries, including textile, optics, mining and petrochemical as well as automotive. Only later were individual disciplines transformed into separate fairs. It is no exaggeration to say that most fairs held at the Brno Exhibition Grounds today were born from the International Engineering Fair.

In connection to the decision by the National Security Council regarding the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), some of the events may be canceled until further notice. You can monitor the current situation at the websites of individual organizers. Thank you for your understanding.…