The current situation is still serious due to the coronavirus pandemic, which also affects many international trade fairs, conferences and exhibitions. One of them is Interpack 2021, which had to be cancelled this year due to Covid-19.
The management of Messe Düsseldorf, in agreement with its partners in the associations and the trade fair advisory committee, has decided to cancel Interpack due to restrictions related to the spread of coronavirus.
“We have done everything possible to ensure safety. The concept, which was tested in practice, protected everyone involved. But in the end, the feedback from our exhibitors showed that the uncertainty is too great, and we are not therefore able to organize Interpack to meet the standards of a leading international trade fair,” explained Wolfram N. Diener, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf.
“On 25 November, the government decided to introduce stricter measures in Germany, and possibly extend them into the new year. Unfortunately, this offers no hope that the situation will improve significantly over the next few months, which will affect all events of Messe Düsseldorf in the first quarter. We are now focusing on the next edition of Interpack, which is scheduled to take place in May 2023 and which will be accompanied by expanded online offers,” adds W. N. Diener.
The Drupa 2021 trade fair is also cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and goes online as “virtual.Drupa”. It will take place from 20 to 23 April 2021, as initially planned. The next edition of the trade fair will take place as scheduled from 28 May to 7 June 2024. “The pandemic has created great uncertainty among exhibitors and visitors, travel and budgetary restrictions have exacerbated the situation in the printing industry,” explained Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf.