Organisors: "Nobody in our team could have imagined that for the first time in 73 years, the world's most important industrial fair – HANNOVER MESSE – could not take place. And it pains us greatly to now have to tell you: there will be no HANNOVER MESSE in 2020.
Every day, we have observed the dynamic development around Sars-CoV-2. A few weeks ago, the initial situation was completely different. Today, we face massive travel restrictions, border closings, bans on gatherings, and curfews – in Germany, in Europe and throughout the world.
You also feel the serious effects of the corona crisis in your company. Many of you have told us about declining sales and supply bottlenecks. Numerous companies have decreed production stops and reduced working hours. Currently, an end to this situation or even the beginning of a cautious improvement is not in sight.
As a last consequence, Hannover has issued a decree that prohibits all major international events in the Hannover region until mid-July. This eliminates the possibility of HANNOVER MESSE in 2020.
At this point, we would like to thank you for your support and trust – especially in the past weeks. Together with you, our exhibitors and partners, we believed until the end in the staging of HANNOVER MESSE and, side by side, we did everything possible to make it happen.
However, we do not want to cancel the show entirely. Another format will bridge the gap from now until April 2021, because we are convinced: especially in times of crisis, the need for orientation and exchange is greater than ever. Therefore, we are currently working intensely on a digital information and networking event for HANNOVER MESSE that we will open shortly for our customers. As organizers of the world's most important industrial fair, we want to provide orientation during the crisis – we want to keep this promise with our new digital offering.
However, we are firmly convinced that direct, person-to-person contact is irreplaceable and we are already looking forward to HANNOVER MESSE 2021 – together with you.
Stay healthy and all the best!"