The extraordinary circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic will impose new rules in the organization of large gatherings. As Formnext 2020 is set to take place from November 10 – 13, Mesago, Messe Frankfurt as well as the exhibitor advisory board are currently imagining a “health and hygiene concept” for the event; the ultimate goal being to provide maximum protection for exhibitors, visitors and employees.

The concept centers around a range of measures focusing on hygiene (higher cleaning frequency for example), social distancing and a generous supply of fresh air (including a regular exchange of the hall air every hour). A thorough registration process for visitors is also planned as well as tickets that are only valid on specific days. Unnecessary contact will be avoided thanks to the fully electronic registration and payment system. A self-declaration concerning attendees’ current state of health for example will also be mandatory”, explains Mesago.

The construction and exhibition space between booths will also be impacted. According to the organizer, the aisles between booths will be wider, from 3 to 6 meters, not to mention the different floor markings. These distancing measures have been calculated while taking into account a sufficiently large exhibition space per visitor.

To apply these measures perfectly, Formnext is offering exhibitors turnkey booth packages, not to mention that a trained staff will ensure social distancing requirements are observed.

 “With these measures, we are going above and beyond the legal safety requirements and at the same time enabling people to again visit a trade fair in person to share ideas, drive innovation and to do business,” comments Wenzler, Vice President Formnext, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.Whilst it is wonderful that we all have access to digital working and communication models, these are no substitute for face-to-face interaction and the many known benefits of a ‘genuine’ trade fair.”

Lastly, Formnext 2020 will have a stronger digital aspect to allow those who will not be able to travel to enjoy the event. The digital option will feature online product presentations and the opportunity to directly interact with contact persons from companies. Moreover, on-demand transmission of a large number of individual supporting events will also be part of this new format.

 Further information will certainly be given in the upcoming months regarding the functioning of this digital platform. So far, be it for advanced AM users or beginners, there will be no reason to miss Formnext 2020.


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