Opti2021, which was scheduled Jan. 8-10, 2021, in Stuttgart, has been cancelled because of the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This decision was a result of rising infection rates, travel restrictions and feedback from the industry,” said the organizer of the German trade show, GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen.
The company said that it had obtained the commitment of many market players and “numerous registrations,” but the participation level was not sufficient to organize an event that “guarantees participants the desired success.”
“The last few days have shown that the uncertainties regarding infection rates are dividing the industry,” stressed Dieter Dohr, chairman of GHM’s management board.
He pointed out that many companies continue to be “very interested” in presenting their collections in person to customers and remain committed to the trade show. But recent developments, especially travel restrictions, have over the past few days prompted many registered exhibitors and market leaders to cancel their participation in Opti.
Dohr added that the outlook for visitor attendance is also becoming increasingly blurred. “Under these conditions, we would not have been able to meet the justified expectations and the objectives pursued by the exhibitors who registered,” he explained.
The next Opti is due to take place in Munich on Jan. 14-16, 2022.