Messe Frankfurt says its global trade fair for printed textiles will go ahead in January 2022 for vaccinated or recovered participants and is expecting 1500 exhibitors from 50 countries to attend.
“From January 11 to 14, 2022, Heimtextil opens its doors with admission for vaccinated or recovered participants and will be all about re-starting safe, personal encounters during onsite trade fair visits,” Messe Frankfurt said in a statement on 25 November – the same day more than 74,000 new cases of Covid 19 were recorded across Germany.
“In addition to personal business encounters, the re-start of Heimtextil after a two-year trade fair break will furthermore make possible again what neither private showrooms nor digital product presentations can provide,” it said.
“Thanks to Heimtextil’s comprehensive safety and hygiene concept, the current regulations of the state and federal governments will be met in all respects. Messe Frankfurt’s global network of subsidiaries and sales partners also confirms that almost all trade fair customers have been vaccinated with EU-approved vaccines.
“The anticipation of personal face-to-face exchanges is greater than ever. Being the most important international trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil 2022 brings together retailers, wholesalers, designers, furnishing or bedding retailers, interior decorators, architects, hotel outfitters and many other decision makers together with a diverse range of international product innovations and trends in textile interior design – on site at one meeting point.
“In addition to personal business encounters, the re-start of Heimtextil after a two-year trade fair break will furthermore make possible again what neither private showrooms nor digital product presentations can provide: a bundled and thus efficient market overview of trends in the home textiles industry on one central platform on site in Frankfurt.
High international participation thanks to high vaccination rates
“The federal and governmental regulations, which have been in force since November 22, 2021, confirm that Heimtextil can be held with admission for vaccinated or recovered participants. The industry platform Formnext also clearly demonstrated in mid-November International trade fairs can also be successfully held on site under these conditions.”
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Olaf Schmidt, Messe Frankfurt
Olaf Schmidt, vice president textiles & textile technologies at Messe Frankfurt added: “With regard to the official obligated admission for vaccinated or recovered participants, we are also pleased to have valid results from our global network of subsidiaries and sales partners of Messe Frankfurt, corroborating that almost all participating exhibitors along with their teams from all international core markets of Heimtextil have been vaccinated with approved vaccines. Similar results are available for the visitor side. Based on this, Heimtextil 2022 can take place in the planned breadth and depth on ten hall levels with around 1500 exhibitors from 50 countries.
“The health and safety of all participants is our top priority. Our comprehensive safety and hygiene concept has already proven successful at previous trade fairs. In addition to Formnext, which was recently held in mid-November at the Frankfurt exhibition center, these include as well the Book Fair a few weeks ago and Automechanika, which was held in September. Both fairs were also held at our exhibition center here in Frankfurt.”
Participants must present up-to-date proof of vaccination or convalescence at the entrance. There are further safety measures such as online ticketing, one hundred percent fresh air supply, generous design of halls and entrances to maintain safe distances, and intensive cleaning measures.