Interpack 2021 and its components have been cancelled due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19.
The processing and packaging event had been scheduled to take place from 25 February to 3 March but has been cancelled by Messe Düsseldorf.
“We have done everything we can to do justice to interpack’s tremendous importance for the processing and packaging industry, even during this pandemic,” said Wolfram N. Diener, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, “above all because we have received encouragement from the industry in support of a face-to-face event and have a hygiene concept that has been tried and tested in practice in place 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.”
The introduction of tighter restrictions in Germany contributed to the decision.
“On 25 November, the Federal Government and the German states decided to implement stricter measures, and to possibly even extend these measures into the New Year,” said Diener. “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 the plan, and which we will supplement with extended online offers.”
Messe Düsseldorf had offered registered exhibitors special conditions for their participation and granted them a right of termination for those companies that were unable or unwilling to take part.
Richard Clemens, managing director of the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, said: “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 to be drawn and foster new ideas, as well as new leads and networks – this is something online formats only offer in part.
“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 Dusseldorf.”