Hunkeler postpones Innovation Days

Hunkeler has opted to postpone its Innovation Days event from February 2022 to February 2023 due to the continuing uncertainty over the pandemic and the ongoing travel restrictions this has caused.

This can’t have been an easy decision considering that next year marks the company’s centenary and the Innovation Days would have been the perfect platform to kick off the celebrations. 

However, the fact remains that despite the success of the vaccination program in most countries, the pandemic is still continuing and many countries are still seeing a high rate of infections and deaths. It’s also now apparent that many people remain unvaccinated and that protection from the vaccines wane after six months, meaning that many countries still have a great deal of work to do to tame the Covid-19 illness. 

In addition, we are now entering the winter flu season, at least in Europe, which will further complicate the efforts to combat the Covid-19 illness between now and next Spring. Hopefully those shows scheduled for April 2022 onwards should benefit from the arrival of the warmer weather and the ongoing vaccine booster program.

However, Hunkeler would have had to factor the continuing problems with long distance travel. Many of the European shows attract a big enough local audience to continue as smaller, European shows as Fespa has already successfully demonstrated in Amsterdam last month. However, the Innovation days is a small but highly focussed event that attracts a very international crowd, particularly from the US and Japan as well as from Europe so it was always going to be more vulnerable to international travel restrictions. 

Stefan Hunkeler, President of the Board of Directors, commented: ”Our goal is to hold a successful event. The unclear Covid 19 developments in various countries continue to restrict travel. The rules and regulations around the pandemic are dynamic and, in some cases, locally regulated. They continue to make international passenger travel difficult. In addition, various exhibitors are confronted with the globally known supply chain problems, which make it even more difficult to hold such an event”.

Exhibition space for the event was almost fully booked, and those bookings will carry forward to 2023. Changing the date will also avoid any awkward clash with Drupa, schedule to take place the following year in 2024, assuming that Hunkeler continues with its bi-annual approach.

You can find further details from Hunkeler about the Innovation Days event here.  In the meantime, the Events and Shows page on this site has been updated to show the currently planned dates for the major shows over the next couple of years. 

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