IPM Essen has announced via press release that the 2021 meeting, which was planned for Jan. 26 to 29, 2021, is cancelled. Due to rising COVID-19 cases and worldwide travel restrictions, the organization said there is not enough security required for the rigorous preparation of international participants.
A trade fair for horticulture, IPM Essen is a showcase for plant trends and product innovations that occurs at the beginning of the season every year. There is a great deal of uncertainty in view of the recent occurrence of infections in markets such as the Benelux countries or France.
However, Messe Essen is giving the industry a stage at the planned date of the fair and, together with its partner associations, is organizing a top-level meeting between decision-makers and politicians. The next IPM Essen will take place at Messe Essen from Jan. 25 to 28, 2022.
A trade fair for horticulture, IPM Essen is a showcase for plant trends and product innovations that occurs at the beginning of the season every year.
"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," said Oliver P. Kuhrt, managing director of Messe Essen. "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 Kähler-Theuerkauf, 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 the IPM Essen Summit to exchange views on future topics in horticulture. In addition to this meeting, a digital format will provide an insight into current developments in the German and international horticultural market.
For more information, visit www.ipm-essen.de