Published on : Thursday, November 19, 2020
The special hybrid edition of imm cologne planned for January 20 to 23 2021 has to be cancelled due to the current developments in the corona pandemic in Europe and Germany. “We’ve had to face the reality, even though it’s painful. In the end, because of the very dynamic way things are developing right now, the uncertainty among our exhibitors and visitors was just too strong. This decision was geared to the interiors industry and made in close consultation with our conceptual sponsor, the VDM (Association of the German Furniture Industry), as well as our exhibitors and partners,” says Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse.
“Over the last few months, ‘We make it happen’ was our unambiguous commitment to holding imm cologne in January 2021. With the special edition of imm cologne, we wanted to play an active role in tackling the current crisis. Now we have to abandon that plan. The on-site experience of a trade fair is and always will be something very special, and the developments of recent weeks – and in particular the latest feedback from our customers – have shown that today’s cancellation of the special edition, which we had planned with so much dedication and commitment, is the right decision because it’s appropriate to the situation,” says Oliver Frese, COO of Koelnmesse.
“The fact that imm cologne 2021 can’t take place because of the pandemic is extremely regrettable for our industry. But in view of the worsening corona situation in Germany and many other countries, it’s the right decision. As imm cologne’s conceptual sponsor, we support the decision to cancel the event,” comments Elmar Duffner, President of the Association of the German Furniture Industry (VDM).
Preparations for imm cologne 2022 are already underway
In 2022, imm cologne will take place in physical form as usual, with the addition of a digital supplement. Over the coming weeks, the concept for imm cologne 2022 will be drawn up in conjunction with the industry. “As Europe’s biggest furniture nation, Germany needs imm cologne as the key, leading trade fair. Together with Koelnmesse, we’ll spare no effort in mounting a compelling and innovative imm cologne 2022,” says Jan Kurth, Managing Director of the German Furniture Industry Association (VDM).
The next imm cologne will take place from January 19 January to 23, 2022.