Events No Hannover Messe in 2020

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In response to the ongoing pandemic, Deutsche Messe has decided to cancel Hannover Messe for 2020. The next iteration will take place in 2021. Read about the digital replacement for this year.

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Hannover Messe is not taking place this year. A digital platform will be available.
Hannover Messe is not taking place this year. A digital platform will be available.
(Source: Deutsche Messe)

Hannover Messe cannot take place this year due to the increasingly critical situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. The Hannover region has issued a decree that prohibits the staging of the world’s leading tradeshow for industrial technology. From now until the next Hannover Messe in April 2021, a digital information and networking offer will provide exhibitors and visitors with the opportunity for economic policy orientation and technological exchange.

The corona crisis is affecting the economy, and the manufacturing industry — Hannover Messe's core clientele — is already struggling with serious consequences of the pandemic. Demand and sales in German industry are declining, resulting in supply bottlenecks, production stops and reduced working hours for employees.

“Given the dynamic development around Covid-19 and the extensive restrictions on public and economic life, Hannover Messe cannot take place this year,” says Dr Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Board of Management, Deutsche Messe AG. “Our exhibitors, partners and our entire team did everything they could to make it happen, but today we have to accept that in 2020 it will not be possible to host the world's most important industrial event.”

It is the first time in Hannover Messe’s 73-year history that the event will not take place. However, the organisers will not let the show completely vanish. “The need for orientation and exchange is particularly important in times of crisis,” says Köckler. “That is why we are currently working intensely on a digital information and networking plattform for Hannover Messe that we will open to our customers shortly.”

Various web-based formats will enable Hannover Messe exhibitors and visitors to exchange information about upcoming economic policy challenges and technological solutions. Live streams will transport interactive expert interviews, panel discussions and best-case presentations all over the world.

“We firmly believe that nothing can replace direct, person-to-person contact and we are already looking forward to the time after Corona,” says Köckler. “But especially in times of crisis, we must be flexible and act pragmatically. As organisers of the world’s most important industrial trade fair, we want to offer orientation and sustain economic life during the crisis. We are doing that with our new digital offering.”

The next Hannover Messe 2021 will be held from 12 to 16 April 2021.