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Germany’s Hannover Messe trade show, set for April, has been rescheduled to May 30-June 2 because of concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The show will take place over four days instead of the usual five because of scheduling conflicts at the site of the event, the Hannover Exhibition Center.
“Due to the continuing high incidence in Germany and many neighboring countries, we decided together with our exhibitors to reschedule Hannover Messe,” Jochen Köckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe AG, the show’s organizer, said in a press release. “Last year demonstrated that the summer months are best for major events during this pandemic. Right now, we cannot predict if the COVID situation will be better by April, so the new date offers our customers the greatest possible planning security so that they can present their innovations at the world’s most important industrial trade show.”
Last year, the show went ahead in person at its usual time in April. But “due to the current situation surrounding COVID,” organizers postponed this year’s opening to May 30.
“This year’s show runs four days due to the Hannover Exhibition Center’s full event calendar in June,” the press release said.
“In 2023, Hannover Messe will resume its normal five-day schedule in April,” according to the press release.
“It is right to postpone Hannover Messe to a later date and allow the vaccination rate to increase, which is in the interest of exhibitors and visitors to the fair,” Thilo Brodtmann, general manager of the Association of German Mechanical and Plant Engineering, which partners with the show’s organizers, said in the press release. “The later date also increases the probability of a bigger audience both nationally and internationally, which benefits everyone. The mechanical and plant engineering sector will present itself in Hannover as a technological enabler of climate protection and digitalization as well as a provider and user of cutting-edge technology for networked and intelligent production.”
For more information, visit www.hannovermesse.de/en/.