PaperWorld Cancelled Again in Europe

PaperWorld Cancelled Again in Europe

PaperWorld Cancelled Again in Europe

PaperWorld Cancelled Again in EuropeIn view of the exponential worsening of the pandemic situation worldwide and the accompanying tightened travel and contact regulations, Paperworld has been cancelled for January 2022. There are no plans to postpone the event.

At the same time, the consumer goods fairs Christmasworld and Creativeworld have been cancelled as well.

The event was cancelled because of COVID in 2021 as well.

In issuing a public statement, Erdmann Kilian said, “The easing of the pandemic situation that was still hoped for in December is no longer in sight. Instead, the situation is deteriorating worldwide with an enormous, unforeseeable dynamic. This extreme deterioration due to the spread of the Omicron virus in Europe and Germany currently makes it impossible for Messe Frankfurt to keep their dates in Frankfurt at the end of January.”

Paperworld with its product ranges for paper, office supplies and stationery is the recognised leading trade fair in Europe.

“The exponential increase in the number of infections worldwide in a very short period of time and the accompanying multitude of developments and decisions that are clearly outside the organiser’s sphere of influence have led to a significant deterioration in the general conditions and necessary prerequisites for holding the four leading trade fairs as major events of international relevance at the end of January and in mid-February 2022 respectively. These developments include the classification of Germany as a high-risk area and the associated travel warnings and international and intercontinental travel restrictions in countries such as India, Japan and the United States, as well as the corresponding quarantine obligations.

Equally important are the steadily rising infection figures and the accompanying urgent appeal, among others by the Robert Koch Institute and the expert council of the German Federal Government, to continue to reduce contacts to a minimum and to cancel all major events. At present, there are even further international fears that the critical infrastructure will not be maintained due to the highly contagious Omicron variant. The majority of exhibiting and visiting companies are currently reacting to this overall situation with travel and trade fair attendance bans for reasons of duty of care towards their employees to protect them from health risks. The global willingness to travel is dropping enormously at the moment.”

PaperWorld Cancelled Again in Europe“This decision was anything but easy for us. However, in agreement with large parts of the industries represented at the fairs, it is now our responsibility to take this difficult step. The last few months have been characterised by optimism, energy and ideas to give Christmasworld, Paperworld, Creativeworld, and Ambiente a successful new start after the compulsory break in 2021,” says Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

“Our thanks, therefore, go to all our partners from the consumer-goods sector, be they exhibitors, visitors, associations or the media, who worked with us on the trade fairs until the very end and, like us, put their heart and soul, energy and passion into staging them.”

There are no plans to postpone the event. Braun explains: “Since the trend-oriented order cycles of the international consumer goods industry require an annual event at the beginning of the year, a shift to the second half of the year would not meet the needs of the exhibiting companies and visitors.”



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