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Hannover Fair is put back by a month and cut to four days

20 January, 2022

The organisers of the Hannover Messe (Fair) have rescheduled this year’s industrial mega-show from its original dates of 25-29 April to 30 May-2 June. The show is being reduced from five days to four because of existing commitments at the Hannover showground. The organisers say the fair will return to its traditional five-day event in 2023.

“Due to the continuing high incidence in Germany and many neighbouring countries, we decided together with our exhibitors to reschedule Hannover Messe,” explains Dr Jochen Köckler, CEO of the organiser, Deutsche Messe. “Last year demonstrated that the summer months are best for major events during this pandemic. Right now we cannot predict if the Covid situation will be better by April, so the new date offers our customers the greatest possible planning security so that they can present their innovations at the world’s most important industrial trade show.”

The new dates for the Hannover Messe means that it will end less than three weeks before the Automatica robotics and automation show opens in Munich.

The change in dates for Hannover have been endorsed by ZVEI, the trade body that represents Germany’s digital and electrical engineering sectors. “Hannover Messe is the world's most important industrial showcase for our companies, so the new date is correct given the current circumstances,” says ZVEI chairman, Wolfgang Weber. “We are convinced that in the summer we will reach a larger audience interested in Industry 4.0 and its contribution to sustainability. With our innovations in automation, digitalisation, electrification, and energy efficiency, the electrical and digital industry is guiding the industrial transition to a climate-neutral circular economy. We want to show the broadest possible audience what this path can look like, because we can only master this challenge if we work together. Hannover Messe offers the perfect setting for this.”

“It is right to postpone Hannover Messe to a later date and allow the vaccination rate to increase, which is in the interest of exhibitors and visitors to the fair,” adds Thilo Brodtmann, general manager of the VDMA, which represents the German mechanical and plant engineering industries. “The later date also increases the probability of a bigger audience both nationally and internationally, which benefits everyone. The mechanical and plant engineering sector will present itself in Hannover as a technological enabler of climate protection and digitalization as well as a provider and user of cutting-edge technology for networked and intelligent production.”

The Hannover Messe has been moved to a new slot a month later than originally planned
Photo: Deutsche Messe

The 2022 Hannover Messe will focus on digitalisation and sustainability with the aim of stimulating innovative and efficient approaches to production and climate protection.

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