The success of the high-tech event Flanders Technology International in 1983 and 1985 demonstrated the need for a new, high quality, professional exhibition hall; a complex that would provide a dynamic venue and a meeting place for international business.
In 1985 the creation of N.V. FLANDERS EXPO became a reality. The authorities and industry joined forces and contributing one third and two thirds respectively of the capital. Unlike most other exhibition halls Flanders Expo is a limited company that operates in the private sector. The complex was officially opened in May 1987 with the third edition of Flanders Technology International. At the time of its creation the initial investment and borrowings amounted respectively to € 27,268,287.72 and € 10,411,528.04. Despite the heavy financial charges and the steep rate of repayment Flanders Expo has succeeded in becoming a profitable exhibition complex.
In 1996 Flanders Expo celebrated its tenth birthday! This was quite an achievement when one considers the controversy surrounding the creation of this complex. Flanders Expo was the subject of some violent criticism in its early days. Flanders Expo offers a total covered area of 54,000 m2 and is thus the 40th largest exhibition complex in the world and the second largest in Belgium.