The International Hardware Show, due to take place in Cologne from 1 March 2020, has been postponed to a new date in February 2021 (update: now confirmed as 21 to 24 February 2021).
The decision has been made as a response to the “increasingly acute global situation around the recent occurrence of the coronavirus”. A statement from the organisers continued: “In addition to the countries in Asia already hit by the virus, Italy has now become the first European state affected by cases of infection. The European ministers of health are also convening in Rome (on 25 February 2020) to discuss the current situation and possible measures in response.
“Moreover, since the weekend, exhibitors from the tool industry have reiterated their great concern for the health of their employees.
“In view of these current developments and the high share of Asian exhibitors at the Hardware Show, the management team at Kölnmesse has reassessed the current situation and set the new date in consultation with the industry.”
Some 3,000 exhibitors, including around 1,200 from China, had been expected to attend the International Hardware Show – billed as “the world’s leading innovation and business platform for the hardware industry” – that is held every two years in Cologne. Registered exhibitors and visitors are now being notified of the postponement.
The new dates for the International Hardware Show have been confirmed as 21 to 24 February 2021. For more information, please visit www.eisenwarenmesse.com