The trade fair organiser P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG announced in a special press release issued on 23 July 2020 that it has decided – in cooperation with the exhibitor advisory board for Fakuma 2020 – to "postpone" the 27th Fakuma to the year 2021. The international trade fair for plastics processing will now take place from 12 – 16 October 2021 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. In this regard, the "postponement" of the trade fair is de facto equivalent to a cancellation, because the next Fakuma was already planned for 2021 anyway.
In a special press release issued on 29 June 2020, the company still stated that it is gearing up for its next Fakuma edition from 13 – 17 October 2020. P. E. Schall said that its project team for organising Fakuma 2020 would switch from the compulsory waiting mode to the aggressive implementation mode. In close coordination with the responsible authorities, the venue operator Messe Friedrichshafen and the trade fair organiser P. E. Schall, an implementation concept is currently being developed, which should be submitted for approval in just a few days. P. E. Schall’s declared goal was to be able to give exhibitors and cooperation partners the go-ahead for Fakuma 2020 no later than the end of July 2020, said the company.
However, due to the ongoing corona pandemic, and regardless of the pending decision as to whether the trade fair is feasible with an appropriate hygiene concept, as of late June 2020 numerous renowned companies from the industry had cancelled their active participation at Fakuma 2020 or reduced it to a minimum. These included amongst others Domo Chemicals, Engel, GWK Gesellschaft Wärme Kältetechnik, KraussMaffei, Moretto, Nordson, Piovan, Sepro Group, Sonotronic Nagel, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, and Wittmann Battenfeld.
From the point of view of the trade fair organisers, the 27th Fakuma could have been held in Friedrichshafen from 13 – 17 October 2020. “Together with all involved parties, we struggled for a long time to amend the general conditions demanded by the corona pandemic in such a way that Fakuma 2020 could have been promoted successfully,” said Bettina Schall, managing director of P. E. Schall. A hygiene and security concept was developed for safe trade fair promotion to this end, said the company. “We fulfilled all of the prerequisites. However, in cooperation with the exhibitor advisory board we’ve now decided to postpone Fakuma 2020 to October 2021.”
Bettina Schall said that this decision is based on rational thinking and a sense of responsibility: “As trade fair promoters, we see ourselves as service providers for our exhibitors and expert visitors. Current uncertainties amongst exhibitors and visitors, for example with regard to travel and sending employees to events, are making it necessary to look to the year 2021 with pragmatism and confidence.” The fact that time is now running short also speaks in favour of postponement. Cooperation partners and expert visitors waited for a long time for concrete information, but official regulations and decision-making delays forced them to be patient, said P. E. Schall.
“Exhibitors and expert visitors alike should look ahead to building on the success of previous Fakuma trade fairs. This is why we’re now all working together on thorough, detailed planning for the upcoming year,” said Bettina Schall.