2020-2011 ...

  Uebergabe Masken

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, FORUM MEDIA GROUP digitizes a large number of its products and launches new formats.

Employees of the Merching site tailor protective masks at the beginning of the pandemic and hand them over to a charity organisation.

Acquisition Feuerwehr

The Canadian subsidiary Kenilworth Media Inc. takes over the US magazines ConventionSouth and SportsEvents.

The FORUM VERLAG HERKERT GMBH buys the trade magazine FEUERWEHR (Fire Fighters).


FORUM MEDIA GROUP celebrates its 30th anniversary and has more than 1,200 employees in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.

With the acquisition of Trade Press Media Group (TPMG), FORUM MEDIA GROUP takes over a well-established media company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA).


FORUM MEDIA GROUP acquires 80 % of Asian media company Lighthouse Independent Media with a product portfolio in the field of human resources and marketing and branches in Hong Kong and Singapore.

In Europe, the FORUM MEDIA GROUP acquires Editorial Jurídica Sepín, one of the leading legal publishing houses in Spain, and the specialist publishing house EUROSTAV in Bratislava, the market leader in the Slovakian architecture segment.

With the acquisition of Veterinary Practice News, the most relevant B2B magazine for veterinarians, FMG takes its first step into the US market. The magazine is published by FORUM’s Canadian subsidiary Kenilworth.

 8. Ausbau des internationalen Portfolios

The FORUM MEDIA GROUP enters a strategic partnership with BCM. The BCM Group, founded in 1975, is a family-run media company based in Eindhoven. The main topics of the portfolio are outdoor/hobby, animals and music.

At the beginning of 2016, the FORUM MEDIA GROUP employs more than 1,000 people on four continents (Europe, Asia, North America, Australia) and generates the highest turnover in the company's history with approximately 90 million Euros.


Due to its services as an employer, FORUM MEDIA GROUP is accepted into the entrepreneur network "Erfolgsfaktor Familie" ("Success Factor: Family"), supported by the Federal Ministry for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the Chamber of Commerce.

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At the beginning of the year, the products of Forum GesundheitsMedien GmbH are integrated into FORUM VERLAG HERKERT GMBH (FVHG). In April, the group acquires the Canadian Magazine Publisher Kenilworth Media with a portfolio of premium magazines in the construction, pool & spa, as well as the signage sector.

The FORUM MEDIA GROUP is awarded "Bavaria's TOP 50" by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs for the fifth time.

Der Hund 05 2017

FORUM Zeitschriften und Spezialmedien GmbH purchases one of the oldest dog magazines in Germany, Der Hund

From October 1st, the Australian consumer publishing group nextmedia with over 40 specialist magazine titles, books and digital products becomes part of the FORUM group.

FORUM MEDIA celebrates its 25th anniversary.

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The Czech subsidiary opens a branch in Bratislava (Slovakia).

FORUM MEDIA Ventures GmbH is launched in June. In the following years, this unit supports start-ups with the necessary funds and the many years of know-how of the media group.


The Eye of the Wind celebrates its 100th birthday on April 30th 2011. The FORUM MEDIA GROUP is awarded by the Bavarian Government with the "SIEgER 2011 – Gerechte Chancen in der Arbeitswelt" ('Equal chances in the workplace') award.

The FORUM MEDIA GROUP receives the award "Bavaria's Best 50" for the fourth time and celebrates the completion of its company building in September with a vernissage and an open day.

2010-2001 ...

IndustrieBAU Cover

As of September 2010, FORUM Zeitschriften und Spezialmedien GmbH takes over the magazines industrieBau and zeno from Callwey publishing house in Munich.

Nearly 750 employees work for FORUM MEDIA GROUP worldwide.


The magazine division of FORUM VERLAG HERKERT GMBH is established as an independent company operating under the name of FORUM Zeitschriften und Spezialmedien GmbH. In February, the Stuttgart-based special interest publisher DoldeMedien Verlag GmbH with magazines and catalogues focused on camper vans and caravans is acquired.

In April the FORUM MEDIA GROUP buys the vessel Eye of the Wind. Since then FORUM Train & Sail GmbH has been offering strategy meetings, teambuilding events and private trips.

By now, more than 650 employees are working for FMG worldwide.


The subsidiary in Poland purchases the online platform FMG expands eastwards again and establishes a subsidiary in Belgrade (Serbia). 

FORUM VERLAG HERKERT GMBH purchases the yearbook "Ausgewählte Hengste Deutschlands" ('Selected Stallions of Germany'), as well as the internet platform

FORUM MEDIA GROUP celebrates its 20th anniversary. Meanwhile, over 600 employees are working for the company.


A further subsidiary takes up business in Austria. The magazine hotelbau is launched. The company has 524 employees.


The company reaches out to Russia and picks up its business activities in the subsidiary which was founded late in 2005 and exists for almost 15 years. The expansion of the FORUM VERLAG HERKERT GMBH goes on with the newly acquired magazines equitrends und Pferdebetrieb – das Profimagazin. 406 employees are now work for the FORUM MEDIA GROUP.


FORUM MEDIA GROUP GMBH is founded as a holding and parent company of all subsidiaries. Two further subsidiaries start their operations. FMG has more than 340 employees and ranks again among “Bavaria’s Best 50” according to the Bavarian Ministry of Economics.


The Slovenian subsidiary is launched as the fifth foreign subsidiary, and the Polish subsidiary establishes a subsidiary in the Czech Republic. The FORUM MEDIA GROUP now employs around 300 people.

 Bayerns Best 50 2003  

The Polish subsidiary takes over the Polish subsidiary of the WEKA Group and now operates under the name Forum Media Sp. z o.o. Poland.

For the first time, the FORUM MEDIA GROUP ranks among “Bavaria’s Best 50” and receives an award as one of the “fastest growing companies in Bavaria” from the Bavarian Ministry of Economics. The entire company now employs 289 people.


The FORUM MEDIA GROUP acquires a major share in "KS – Der Zahnarztverlag", a specialist publisher for information in the dental field, from which the Forum GesundheitsMedien GmbH emerges. The fourth foreign subsidiary is founded in the United Kingdom.


At the end of 2001, FORUM employes 217 people.

2000-1988 ...


The company purchases the BranchenMedien publishing house as well as founds two new foreign subsidiaries in Hungary and China. The publishing house purchases the trade journal Catering Management Magazin.


The first international subsidiary is founded in Poland. The parent company in Germany celebrates its tenth anniversary. The company has 82 employees.


The first FORUM online product is launched on the market. The company employs 45 people.


The company moves to its new headquarters in Merching, near Augsburg. In addition to loose-leaf publications, books and forms, the product range of the specialist publishing house now also includes seminars, newsletters and software products.

Facility Manager

The specialist publication Der Facility Manager, dealing with building and facility management, is launched. The publication is firmly established as the leading and highest subscribed specialist magazine within the field of facility management in Germany.


FORUM VERLAG HERKERT GMBH consists of two stable and fast-growing divisions, the magazine publishing house and the specialist publishing house. The company has 30 employees.


The company trades under the name of FORUM VERLAG HERKERT GMBH from now on.


The FORUM MEDIA GROUP starts business as a one-man company under the name “Forum Verlag Herkert”, founded by the managing partner Ronald Herkert. Among the first business contents is the production of "FORUM”, a publication with editorially prepared product and company presentations. The company has two employees.