The organizers of the Hannover Fair, the world’s largest industrial technology fair, which was to be held between April 20 and 24, announced Wednesday their postponement to the third week of July due to the coronavirus.
The health authorities of the Hannover region had urged the Deutsche Messe AG, operator of the fair, to take into account the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute of Virology, which include “comprehensive measures to ensure health in the celebration of major events” , the statement said.
These measures include points to measure fever in all access to the site and the prohibition of entry to participants from or who have been in contact with people in risk areas.
“All this would have implied an exhaustive control of all the participants, from exhibitors to visitors through service providers, stand assemblers and catheter firms,” underlines the organization, which points to the impossibility for the operating company to implement the aforementioned measures .
According to Jochen Köckler, president of the Deutsche Messe, the postponement of the fair a week from July 13 to 17 was the first possible date that allows exhibitors to “present their innovations to a global audience and establish business relationships.”
The celebration in July also opens up “considerable opportunities” in view of “the challenges in the world economy that the coronavirus has generated in the first half of the year” and allows “to generate important impulses for the global economy,” he adds.
The decision to postpone the fair was taken jointly by the health authorities of the Hannover region, the advisory council of the exhibitors of the Hannover Fair and the collaborating associations VDMA (German Confederation of Manufacturers of Machinery and Industrial Plants) and ZVEI (Association of the Electrical and Electronics Industry).