Messe Frankfurt is facing an uncertain autumn due to Corona


Karl Lauterbach (SPD) is for the Frankfurt fair- boss Wolfgang Marzin has become a kind of god of fate. And so he follows closely what the Federal Minister of Health and the Robert Koch Institute are currently saying. There is a great fear that there could again be "an occupational ban for our industry" or even just restrictions that make trade fairs more or less impossible. Even the most recent cabinet decisions on the Infection Protection Act don't really reassure Marzin. "No one knows exactly how things will continue," says the Frankfurt trade fair boss. After all, no one can predict whether the next wave of corona will bring restrictions that will also put a further strain on the trade fair.

The trade fair business has only just picked up speed again. After the premiere of Eurobike in July with 1500 exhibitors - more than expected - and 60,000 visitors - fewer than hoped - on the five days of the fair there was only an unusually short summer break, which ended with Achema. Due to the many postponements, the leading trade fair for the chemical process industry took place at a date that was unusual for the industry at the end of August and may therefore also have had 2,200 exhibitors, significantly fewer than before the pandemic (3,700), but brought a lot of international life into the halls.

The organizing Dechema Association is also satisfied with more than 70,000 participants from 127 nations. “The need for personal exchange is huge after such a long time. The exhibitors we spoke to and we ourselves had a successful trade fair, at which we held numerous discussions directly related to projects or investments,” says Jürgen Nowicki, Chairman of the Achema Committee and CEO of Linde Engineering.

Further recovery is inhibited

Messe Frankfurt CEO Wolfgang Marzin is also happy with the result: "Achema, which was once again a guest at Messe Frankfurt after the enforced pandemic break, was characterized by full halls, an exceptionally positive atmosphere and a clearly perceptible internationality," he said. All of this also contributes to a large extent to sales in the hotel, restaurant and transport industries, for example, "and thus to the prosperity of the city and region".



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