Messe Düsseldorf has detailed the initiatives it is putting in place to enable interpack to take place during the first quarter of 2021.

interpack, along with sister show drupa, was one of the early casualties of Covid-19, with both events postponed from their scheduled 2020 dates to 2021. This sees interpack next due to take place from 25 February to 3 March, 2021. Last time out, digital package printing had a substantial presence at interpack 2017, with the likes of HP Indigo presenting the capability of its technologies to help brands create new ways of engaging with consumers.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and fears of a lower number of visitors, Messe Düsseldorf has confirmed that all participating companies will receive discounted participation conditions. In addition, there is a temporary special right of termination for all exhibitors who cannot or do not wish to participate.

Thomas Dohse, interpack project director at Messe Düsseldorf, commented, ‘We fully understand the reservations and concerns of our exhibitors in the current situation. On the other hand, we have also received feedback on how important personal exchange is for our customers and what significance interpack has for the processing and packaging industry.

‘In this respect, we believe that with our offer we can best protect the interests of all parties involved and would like to thank our partners for their constructive cooperation.’

interpack 2021 will take place with an already field-tested hygiene and infection protection concept, which will enable exhibitors and trade visitors to meet safely in the exhibition halls. This will also be in place for drupa 2021, which follows on 20-28 April.