“A safe and successful IFAT 2020 for all concerned – that was our primary concern. Due to the still unforeseeable circumstances, this objective is unfortunately no longer feasible, even for the new date,” explains Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München.
The fair had already been postponed from May to September. “We therefore cancel the alternative date with a heavy heart. The next IFAT will take place from May 30 to June 3, 2022,” says Rummel. Even in this turbulent time, Messe München and the IFAT team see themselves as partners of the industry: “We will continue to develop and digitally complement our platform in order to add fresh impetus to the environmental industry—both at our home base in Munich and internationally.”
Clear opinion of the industry
The decision is based on intensive discussions with industry associations, partners and many exhibitors from all segments of IFAT. And a recent survey has confirmed this opinion. The survey among all exhibitors registered at the fair was carried out online in the week after Easter. 1933 exhibitor representatives from all over the world took part. 64 % said that they think it was unjustifiable to hold IFAT in September 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis (737 respondents) or that they would like to pause due to low expectations of the fair’s success (507 respondents). 85 % of those surveyed do not expect the environmental technology sector to recover economically before the first half of 2021.