Hannover, Germany - HANNOVER MESSE is not taking 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,” said Dr Jochen Köckler, Chairman, 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,” he added.