glasstec—the international trade fair for glass production, processing and products—will not take place as planned in June 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the continuing worldwide lockdown measures and international travel restrictions. In close coordination with associations and partners, Messe Düsseldorf has decided to cancel glasstec, which had already been postponed from 2020 to 2021 and was scheduled for June 15-18, 2021. The next glasstec will be held in line with its regular cycle on September 20-23, 2022 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Erhard Wienkamp, managing director of Messe Düsseldorf, explained that staging the event successfully on the planned dates in June could still not be guaranteed under the given circumstances.

“On March 3, the German Federal-State Conference decided to further extend the nationwide lockdown. Based on this decision and due to the current level of infection rates and the associated international lockdown restrictions, we cannot guarantee holding the event in the accustomed format and quality,” he said. “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-assessed the situation with our partners and jointly decided to cancel glasstec in June at an early stage. Our priority is the planning security of our exhibitors, visitors and service providers. All activities will now be focused on the successful staging of glasstec 2022.”

“glasstec has been and still is the most relevant global event for the glass industry, machinery producers and skilled crafts, and it brings together people from all over the world. A glasstec held in 2021 can, unfortunately, not fulfil this expectation. Business has already started to pick up for the glass sector and will make glasstec an international meeting place for the glass industry again next year,” added Egbert Wenninger, chairperson of the glasstec advisory board and chairperson of VDMA’s Glass Technology Forum.

For 2022, the organizers are also working on a hybrid trade fair experience in order to offer digital participation in conferences and special shows such as glass technology live. Online exhibitor registration for glasstec 2022 will open in June 2021. For more information, visit www.glasstec-online.com.