21 October 2020
ESSEN, Germany: The world’s premier horticultural trade show IPM ESSEN joins the never-ending list of cancelled and postponed events this year. Event organiser Messe Essen announces with regret that the show will no longer take place in 2021.
Originally set to take place between 26-29 January 2021 at Messe Essen, IPM has now been rescheduled with 25 to 28 January 2022 being the new dates.
The official statement reads, “Against the background of the increasingly dynamic situation and worldwide travel restrictions, there is currently not the planning security required for the serious preparation of the international trade fair participants. As much as the green industry has wished for IPM ESSEN as a communication platform, there is a great deal of uncertainty in view of the recent flare up of Covid-19 cases in important markets such as the Benelux countries or France.”
Commenting on the show’s cancellation Messe Essen boss Oliver P. Kuhrt says, “The anticipation of the IPM ESSEN was great, especially after the past months of full renunciation by all those involved, the more difficult it was for us to decide to cancel the fair.
“However, it is our responsibility to enable our exhibitors to plan their participation in the fair seriously. Against the background that many of our customers come from abroad and are increasingly insecure due to the difficult travel conditions, however, this is not possible at present. We have therefore decided to cancel before the hot phase of stand planning begins.
“The green industry agrees that it urgently needs IPM ESSEN in order to be able to experience plant innovations up close again. But the level-headed assessment of the current situation also shows how uncertain exhibitors and visitors are about the dynamic development of the coronavirus pandemic,” adds Eva KählerTheuerkauf, President of the North Rhine-Westphalia Horticultural Association and Chairwoman of the Advisory Board. “The cancellation of IPM ESSEN is therefore very sad, but for the international exhibitors it is a responsible signal at the right time.”
Although the IPM ESSEN 2021 cannot take place in its usual scope, Messe Essen will present itself as a meeting place for the green industry at the planned date of the fair. Decision-makers and political representatives will come together at IPM ESSEN SUMMIT to exchange views on future topics in horticulture. In addition to this top-level meeting, a digital format will provide an insight into current developments in the German and international horticultural market.
For more information www.ipm-essen.de