Answers key questions on the postponement of LIGNA.21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic (status: 06.11.2020).
FAQs about the postponement of LIGNA.21 due to COVID-19
What are the reasons for the postponement?
The reasons for the postponement of LIGNA.21 are mainly due to current developments in the global infection situation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the only consistent measure to give all those involved planning security and the necessary lead time for preparations. The corresponding hygiene and protection concept is in place, and with the staging of our event infa in October 2020, it has also been proven in practice that events in pandemic times can be held safely.
At LIGNA, we have to take into account that entire machine parks are designed, assembled and presented in live operation with a long lead time and at great expense. This requires trade show planning that takes several months. With this decision, we give both, suppliers and users sufficient planning security for participation. This is significantly higher for September/October than for May 2021.
In September, LIGNA.21 will be held as a hybrid event for the first time. LIGNA will be underscoring again its function as a leading industry event and presenting the world's range of tools, machinery and equipment for woodworking and wood processing.
We will definitely be staging a first-class business forum for the woodworking and wood processing industry. Even in these challenging times, we are confident that LIGNA will more than live up to its reputation as the marketplace for wood industry innovations and as a networking hub for suppliers in the primary and secondary industries, and that it will inspire woodworking professionals accordingly.
We will be closely teaming up with our exhibitors and other loyal partners to produce what is certain to be another winning event. It goes without saying that we will ensure the safety of our guests by implementing the hygienic and social distancing concepts laid down by the German health authorities and the Robert Koch Institute.
COVID-19 is changing markets worldwide. In times where no personal meetings and networking is possible, online channels usually ensure direct contact. There is a need for complementary digital offers in order to respond to the rapidly rising number of online channels in the industry. And there is a need for an international, neutral platform such as LIGNA.
This is why we are planning LIGNA.21 as a "hybrid event" – that means a physical event complemented by virtual formats. Thus, attendees unable to travel in September will at least have an option to join digitally. For exhibitors, the hybrid format also extends the wide international range for which LIGNA is known: physically, in the exhibition halls and supplemented by digital formats, using new presentation forms to achieve an even greater range of customers.
We are currently working at full speed on the specific formats and will announce further details shortly.
We will be ensuring the highest possible standards of hygiene, safety and medical care at LIGNA 2021. Our top priority is to guarantee the health and safety of all of our clients, business partners and their guests. Like all the other exhibition companies in Germany, we will be following the strict guidelines of the German Health Department and the Robert Koch Institute. For example, we will be gathering the details of all participants during registration so that we can trace who was potentially in contact with whom, and when. Deutsche Messe and VDMA are committed to ensuring a safe and successful trade show experience for all concerned. Should a change in hall layouts be necessary, we will dynamically adapt the site to reflect the latest developments.
During the stand design and building phases as well as during the exhibition, infection prevention at exhibitors’ stands is the responsibility of each exhibitor and the exhibitor’s subcontractors. Deutsche Messe's Technical Guidelines have been expanded to include additional stipulations pertaining to infection prevention. These stipulations are valid with immediate effect, and until further notice.
You will find Deutsche Messe’s current conditions for conducting events here. For further details or if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
What aspects do we need to bear in mind?
We are delighted that you are still considering showing your products at LIGNA. You can register as usual via our online shop. You can start signing up to participate here. Your contact partners will be happy to assist you with any questions and will advise you on our flexible participation options, allowing you to plan your participation ideally in line with your requirements, even under these special circumstances.
To provide you with added security when registering, we will waive the cancellation charge of 10% of the participation fee, as specified in Section 10.3 of the Conditions of Participation for LIGNA 2021, in the event that you cancel by 31 December 2020 in accordance with Sections 10.1 and 10.2 of the same Conditions of Participation.
Please be sure to observe the currently valid protective measures and requirements for exhibitors and any stand construction companies commissioned by you during the construction and dismantling periods as well as for exhibition grounds logistics. This currently includes, among other things, adherence to the distance and hygiene rules and the installation of temporary sneeze guards and/or the obligation to wear mouth-and-nose coverings where a minimum distance of 1.50 m cannot be maintained.
Your registration remains valid. Your registration for the original event date (10-14 May 2021) will be transferred to the new event date (27 September - 1 October 2021) unless you object to the transfer in writing to Deutsche Messe immediately, but no later than 20 November 2020.
You may change your requested stand size right up until the time the official stand confirmation letters are issued, and we will then do our best to accommodate your wishes if at all possible. And even if you still wish to make changes after having received your stand confirmation letter, rest assured we will do our utmost to find a mutually agreeable solution with you.
Services ordered directly from third parties (service providers, service partners) are subject to conditions agreed upon by the parties who concluded the contract. In this case, Deutsche Messe will not reimburse any costs.
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Needless to say, you can also contact us directly. Should your company require further support due to the current special circumstances, we will certainly be able to find an appropriate solution in joint dialogue with you.
The safety and health of all our customers, partners and guests enjoys the highest priority for us.
Unfortunately, we are not yet in a position to predict what other eventualities in the months that lie ahead might have an impact on the general situation and thus on LIGNA and will influence further planning. Should new developments arise, we will have to reassess the situation and take the necessary steps. We will keep you up to date on developments, and are keenly interested in finding mutually agreeable solutions with our exhibitors.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the trade fair and conference industry is experiencing a crisis of unimaginable proportions. The Managing Board of Deutsche Messe is in constant dialogue with Hannover’s municipal government. The strong trust shared by both parties makes it easier to coordinate safety and hygiene regulations for successful and safe trade shows in Hannover.
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