Due to the ongoing pandemic and the associated worldwide lockdown measures, Messe Düsseldorf decided to cancel glasstec, which had already been postponed from 2020 to 2021 and was scheduled to take place from 15 to 18 June 2021. The current level of infection and the associated international lockdown restrictions make a resumption of trade fair operations in mid-June appear increasingly unrealistic. Especially as a result of the travel restrictions, glasstec with its high percentage of international exhibitors and visitors would not be able to live up to its standing as the world’s leading trade fair for the glass industry.
We have re-evaluated the situation with our partners and jointly decided on an early cancellation of glasstec, which had already been postponed from 2020 to 2021. Our priority is the health of our exhibitors, visitors and service providers and providing them with planning certainty. All activities will now be focused on the successful staging of glasstec 2022.
Here you can find an overview of the most important questions and answers:
Who can guarantee that glasstec will be able to take place at its next date from 20 to 23 September 2022?
The developing situation regarding vaccinations and the associated statements, for example by the Robert Koch Institute, lead us to expect that the peak of the pandemic will be overcome by mid-2021. This means that we can hope for a return to personal contacts and a trade fair with distance.
Why doesn't glasstec take place virtually?
The associations and exhibitors voted clearly in favour of glasstec as a in-person event, as it offers an opportunity to show customers machines and systems in operation and to hold personal discussions. With glasstec VIRTUAL, in October 2020, exhibitors and visitors were able to test a purely digital offering. For glasstec 2022, work is already underway on a hybrid trade fair experience that will enable the face-to-face event through digital participation in events, web sessions and individual conferences.
Exhibitors and visitors can continue to find out about the latest news from the industry as well as trends and product innovations on our online platforms. The exhibitor database for glasstec June 2021 will remain online and accessible until admission to glasstec 2022.
Do you compensate your customers for costs incurred so far due to booked flight and train tickets, hotel accommodation, etc.?
We understand the difficult situation resulting from the cancellation. Please contact the respective provider to clarify open questions and find solutions. We are unable to provide any information on customers' contracts with third-party providers, as these have not been entered into with Messe Düsseldorf.