SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and parts2clean cancelled for 2020

by Hans Diederichs

Both events will return to regular rotation

The uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, extensive restrictions and hygiene regulations for holding trade fairs in Baden-Württemberg, and limitations on international travel have led to a situation where SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and parts2clean, which were scheduled for 27‒29 October, will not be held this year. The decision was made by the organizer in close coordination with the trade fair advisory boards.

"We fought hard for both trade fairs, but in the end there's no alternative to cancellation," says Olaf Daebler, Global Director SurfaceTechnology GERMANY and parts2clean in the team of Deutsche Messe AG. "Under the given circumstances, it would not have been possible to successfully stage the two trade fairs in Stuttgart in October. Companies need reliable planning, which called for a prompt decision. We will now invest all of our energy in restarting parts2clean in October 2021 and SurfaceTechnology GERMANY in June 2022. Once the current situation has been overcome, both events will be needed more than ever."

In numerous conversations with companies and associations, an increasingly distinct picture has emerged in recent weeks: Due to the economic crisis in which some companies are struggling to survive, there are currently other topics on the agenda than attending a trade fair. However, the question of health and protection against infection is still very important. Whether for business or private reasons ‒ much of the population is minimizing travel and contact. Especially international travel is more difficult. Furthermore, hygiene concepts and political guidelines for holding trade fairs would have significantly affected the usual appearance of the events. For trade fairs in Baden-Württemberg, for example, plans permit one person per 10 square meters in each exhibition hall.

A visitor survey last week finally tipped the scales for the cancellations. According to this survey, around 60 percent of the previous visitors of SurfaceTechnology GERMANY have either excluded or at least questioned a visit under the current circumstances. For parts2clean, this figure is even higher at 65 percent. The reason for this is very clearly the corona pandemic. The effects of the pandemic on staging trade fairs, fear of a possible infection, and limited travel opportunities are the main reasons for visitor scepticism.

SurfaceTechnology GERMANY, the international trade fair for surface technology, was originally scheduled for June 2020 and had therefore already been postponed to this autumn. The surface technology industry will now meet again at SurfaceTechnology GERMANY from 21 to 23 June 2022 in Stuttgart. Next year, the SurfaceTechnology AREA will also be part of HANNOVER MESSE in April 2021.

The leading international trade fair for parts and surface cleaning, parts2clean is an annual trade fair. Its next date is 5 to 7 October 2021.

Source and photo: Deutshce Messe AG

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