AUVSI Announces Partnership with Messe Düsseldorf North America to Co-Host XPONENTIAL, the World’s Largest Event for Uncrewed Systems and Autonomy

Media Contact: Chelsie Jeppson,

Anne Meerboth-Maltz,


Date of Release: April 20, 2022


Arlington, Va. – This morning, the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced a partnership with Messe Düsseldorf North America Inc. (MDNA) to co-host the world’s leading trade show for uncrewed systems, XPONENTIAL.


MDNA is a subsidiary of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, one of the world’s largest organizers of international trade shows, and through this partnership XPONENTIAL will broaden its reach to user communities and new market entrants.


Brian Wynne, President and CEO of AUVSI, sounded the following congratulatory note: “The announcement of this partnership represents a win for AUVSI members and the uncrewed systems industry at large, and is a fitting turning point for our association as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. With the Messe Düsseldorf Group’s international reach and trade show expertise, XPONENTIAL will continue its namesake trajectory, cementing its status as the must-attend event of the year.”


"With this strategic partnership, we are entering into a significant growth industry with tremendous opportunities for expanding XPONENTIAL’s reach,” says Wolfram Diener, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH.  “We look forward to working with AUVSI to maximize the potential of XPONENTIAL in North America and globally.”


Tom Mitchell, President of Messe Düsseldorf North America Inc, has a clear goal in mind: "With our know-how as one of the world's largest organizers of international trade shows, we will work together with AUVSI to make XPONENTIAL even bigger and better show for all participants from the 2023 event onwards by offering an even broader range of topics and new target groups. We are looking forward to productive collaboration with all partners."


As the world’s largest trade association dedicated to the advancement of uncrewed systems and autonomy, AUVSI looks forward to collaborating with MDNA to deliver a more robust and thoughtful conference and trade show experience for attendees. The partnership will take full effect for XPONENTIAL 2023 and onward.





The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of uncrewed systems and autonomy. Representing a diverse coalition of industry, government, and academia from more than 60 countries, AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets to bring positive social and economic benefits to communities around the world. For more information, visit


About Messe Düsseldorf Group

Messe Düsseldorf is one of the most successful trade fair companies in the world. Around 40 trade fairs take place on its 613,000 square meter fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany, including 20 of the world's leading trade fairs. In the 18 halls, the international market leaders and top decision-makers from various industries come together every year to present and discover innovations, exchange ideas and network. Messe Düsseldorf's areas of expertise include "Machines, Plants and Equipment" (including drupa, K, interpack, glasstec, wire and Tube), "Trade, Crafts and Services" (EuroShop, EuroCis, ProWein), "Health and Medical Technology" (MEDICA, COMPAMED, REHACARE), "Lifestyle and Beauty" (BEAUTY, TOP HAIR) and "Leisure" (boot, CARAVAN SALON). In addition, there are numerous congresses, corporate events, conferences and meetings of the subsidiary Düsseldorf Congress every year. Messe Düsseldorf organizes 75 events and participations abroad. 77 foreign representatives for 141 countries – including 7 international subsidiaries – form the Group's global network.



April 2022


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