Hexion will not participate in this year’s Fakuma for the reason that trade fair promoters P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG have decided to postpone the 27th Fakuma international trade fair for plastics processing to 2021. The next industry highlight covering all aspects of plastics processing will take place from the 12th to the 16th of October, 2021.
From the point of view of the trade fair organisers, the 27th Fakuma could have been held in Friedrichshafen from the 13th through the 17th of 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,” says Bettina Schall, managing director of P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG. A hygiene and security concept was developed for safe trade fair promotion to this end. “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.”
Rational Thinking, Care and a Sense of Responsibility
Bettina Schall emphasises 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.
The time has now come to focus on the future: “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,” says Bettina Schall. The mutual decision taken by the exhibitor advisory board and the trade fair promoters to postpone Fakuma 2020 underscores their care and foresight, as well as their consideration for the interests of the exhibitors and expert visitors. The efforts of all involved parties are now being focused on intensive preparations for the upcoming trade fair highlights of the plastics industry with the objective of getting ready for the future.
Fakuma – Approaching the Future with Important Issues
Fakuma is deemed the first port of call for injection moulding, extrusion technology, thermoforming and 3D printing. It presents innovations covering all aspects of materials, machines, peripherals, processes, simulation, procedures, technologies and tools, as well as plastics processing. The trade fair functions as an industry and technology barometer and is internationally networked. More and more attention is being focused in particular on the issues of environmental protection, sustainability, efficient use of resources, circular economy and bioplastics. With careful planning for Fakuma 2021, trade fair promoters P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG are now establishing the necessary and suitable platform for adequately addressing these important issues, which are significant for the present as well as the future. And thus as a highlight for the industry sector, Fakuma 2021 will be an indispensable platform and is being awaited with especially great anticipation.