Drupa postponed to April 2021, Interpack too
As Coronavirus continues to spread, two shows – Drupa and Interpack, organised by Messe Dusseldorf stands postponed.
14 Mar 2020 | By Noel D'Cunha
Interpack originally to be hosted from 7-13 May 2020 has been pushed back and will now be held from 25 February to 3 March, 2021. Drupa scheduled from 16-26 June 2020 will now be held from 20-30 April 2021.
According to the Messe Düsseldorf statement, it 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 decision was taken in close consultation with our advisory boards and sponsoring associations," emphasised Werner Dornscheidt, chairman of the board of management of Messe Düsseldorf. It also reflects the wishes of individual industries. "As their partner, we are currently doing everything in our power to reduce the economic losses suffered by our exhibitors".
Delaying the spread of the virus as far as possible is also a declared goal according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). In order to fulfil Messe Düsseldorf's responsibility for risk prevention, the company primarily had to minimise the increased risk of infection at major events.
Measures to reduce the risk of transmission at major events, which the Robert Koch Institute has clearly defined – such as ventilation of the venue appropriate to the risk of infection, the exclusion of persons from risk groups and the comprehensive installation of entrance screening, were practically impossible to implement. Also, comparable measures were and are unreasonable in view of the unforeseeable rapid development and the size of the various events with up to 60,000 participants.
Drupa president Claus Bolza-Schünemann also agreed with this. "A postponement of Drupa was unavoidable after the latest developments. The decision is therefore right and responsible. Many exhibitors start their logistical preparations in the middle of March – today's announcement of the postponement enables all those affected to react now, reschedule and prepare for the event date in April 2021. The excitement for 'embrace the future' remains undiminished – also in 2021".