Today (Jan 27, 2015), IPM ESSEN began at Messe Essen. It was opened by Dr. Robert Kloos, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The world's premier horticultural fair is regarded as the leading meeting place of the international green sector. Until Friday, over 1,600 exhibitors from around 50 countries will still present their innovative products and services from the Plants, Technology, Floristry and Garden Features areas. IPM ESSEN is well-known for its comprehensive information programme and, at the same time, is regarded as the number-one ordering platform. Top purchasers from Israel, Belgium, Brazil, Kuwait, Congo, the USA, Iran, Japan, Portugal, Australia, Ireland, Nigeria, Turkey and Russia have announced their visits so that they can place orders for the coming garden season.