The organisers of the glasstec trade fair has announced the 2021 show has been called off due to the sustained pandemic and continued global lockdown measures as well as international travel restrictions.
Organisers Messe Düsseldorf has decided to cancel glasstec scheduled from 15th to 18th June 2021, which had already been postponed from 2020 to 2021.
Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf, said that holding the event successfully on the planned dates in June could still not be guaranteed under the given circumstances.
He said: “As of 3rd March the German Federal-State Conference has decided to further extend the nationwide lockdown.
“Based on this decision and due to the current level of infection rates and the associated international lockdown restrictions we cannot guarantee holding the event in the accustomed format and quality.
“Especially as a result of the travel restrictions, glasstec with its high percentage of international exhibitors and visitors would not be able to live up to its standing as the world’s leading trade fair for the glass industry.
“We have re-assessed the situation with our partners and jointly opted in favour of cancelling glasstec in June early on.
“The planning certainty of our exhibitors, visitors and service providers is our highest priority. All activities will now centre on the successful holding of glasstec 2022.”
For 2022, organisers are additionally working on a hybrid trade fair experience with a view to also allowing digital participation in conferences and Special Shows such as glass technology live.
The next glasstec will be held in line with its accustomed scheduling from 20th – 23rd September 2022 and registration for interested companies will open in June of this year.