In agreement with its association and industry partners as well as the trade fair advisory committee, Messe Düsseldorf has decided to cancel both interpack and components 2021, due to the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The trade fairs were scheduled to take place from February 25 – March 3, 2021 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.
“We have made every effort to do justice to interpack’s tremendous importance for the processing and packaging industry, even during this pandemic – above all because we have received encouragement from the industry in support of a face-to-face event and have a tried and tested hygiene concept to protect everyone involved. Ultimately, however, feedback from our exhibitors has shown that the uncertainty is too great, and we are thus unable to host an interpack event that would meet the standards of a leading international trade fair,” explained Wolfram N. Diener, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf. “On November 25, the Federal Government and the German states decided to implement stricter measures in Germany, and to possibly even extend these measures into the New Year. This, unfortunately, does not give cause for hope that the situation will improve significantly over the course of the coming months. This will affect all Messe Düsseldorf events in the first quarter. We are now focusing on the next edition of interpack, which will take place in May 2023 according to plan, and which we will supplement with extended online offers,” added Diener.
“For the industry, in-person meetings and live experiences are still extremely important, especially when it comes to complex technology. Both enable a direct market comparison, new ideas, leads and networks are created. Online formats only partially achieve this. We are now looking forward to a successful interpack 2023, where the industry can once again come together at its leading global trade fair in Düsseldorf,” added Richard Clemens, Managing Director of the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association.