GERMANY, Düsseldorf. Every three years the packaging world meets in Düsseldorf. In 2020, this rhythm will inevitably be broken: as reaction on the recent situation Messe Düsseldorf decided to postpone the trade fair until 25 February to 3 March 2021.
In doing so, Messe Düsseldorf is following the recommendation of the crisis management team of the German Federal Government to take into account the principles of the Robert Koch Institute when assessing the risk of major events. Based on this recommendation and the recent significant increase in the number of people infected with the new corona virus (SARS-CoV-2), including in Europe, Messe Düsseldorf has reassessed the situation.
The organisers and exhibitors had ambitious plans for this year’s world’s leading trade fair; the corona virus is thwarting these plans. As a must-attend event for companies in the sector and an unique source of inspiration, Interpack is an impressive showcase of achievements, even if this year the personal exchange between exhibitors and visitors has to be cancelled.
Interpack’s industry partners support the decision to postpone the fair and together with those responsible, are counting on a successful event next year. "Interpack is the absolute top event for the international packaging industry and related processing industries. The trade fair thrives on personal encounters and direct exchange between people from all over the world. This is only possible if there are no health risks involved. Therefore, the postponement is responsible and right. We are looking forward to next year's event to discuss the issues that are defining the industry, such as sustainability, and to present appropriate solutions," comments Christian Traumann, President of interpack 2020 and Managing Director & Group President at Multivac Sepp Haggenmüller SE & Co. KG.
"The corona virus and the associated restrictions now represent a major challenge for the entire mechanical engineering sector. The possible and currently unforeseeable effects of the pathogen with an incalculable risk of infection, the threat of quarantine for returnees, general travel restrictions in some countries, but also considerable travel restrictions on the part of many companies unfortunately make it impossible to successfully hold the interpack in May. The VDMA, as a supporting association of Interpack, welcomes a postponement under the given exceptional circumstances. The new date now ensures reliability in planning" says Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association.
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