Koelnmesse, organizer of ORGATEC, one of the most renowned office furniture fairs in the world, has decided to supend the 2020 edition.
Koelnmesse: “Although outstanding registration levels for the autumn events had already been achieved by spring 2020, and in spite of extensive preparations for the trade fair and the #B-SAFE4business package of measures for coronavirus-compliant implementation of our trade fairs, the situation of this trade fair increasingly began to reflect current developments around Covid-19 and the economic situation. In recent weeks, a large majority of exhibitors and trade visitors decided not to attend ORGATEC after all (sources told Office Republic, all Dutch Exbihitors collectively withdrew their registrations last week, FS) . In light of this, Koelnmesse reassessed the overall situation and decided that it was best to respond to the cancellations and wishes of a large number of industry exhibitors and trade visitors by not implementing ORGATEC 2020.“
ORGATEC sets its sights on the future
The ORGATEC organisers, however, do not want to be discouraged by this setback and immediately set their sights back on the future. Together with all of the trade fair participants in the sector, Koelnmesse is joining the industry in search of solutions to present the topics of ORGATEC at an international level in the coming months.
Together with industry, and under the rubric of events in the Koelnmesse furnishings portfolio, such as imm cologne (18-24 January 2021), opportunities are being sought to realise formats developed with partners from the sector – formats such as Inspired Collaborations, the FRAME Architecture Congress or the Architektur+ Office space developed with AIT – as soon as possible in a new form. The next regularly scheduled ORGATEC will then be held from 25 to 29 October 2022 in Cologne, in the accustomed size and level of internationality.