ROSEVILLE, Minn. — December 1, 2021 — Messe Stuttgart is postponing R+T, a trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun shading systems that was scheduled to take place in February 2022.
“R+T is the most international event in Stuttgart. Three quarters of the exhibitors at the last edition of the world’s leading trade fair in 2018 came from abroad,” says Roland Bleinroth, president of Messe Stuttgart. “A risk evaluation in close cooperation with our exhibitors and partners revealed that a broad participation by international guests at R+T in February 2022 is no longer realistic on account of the travel restrictions that are now being increased again due to the pandemic. This is not compatible with the claim by R+T to be the world’s leading trade fair. We have therefore decided to consider other alternatives in the interest of everyone involved.”
Sebastian Schmid, department director technology at Messe Stuttgart, added: “In the last few weeks and months we have held intensive and transparent discussions with our customers every day regarding the staging of R+T. Right up to the end, we fought together with the exhibitors to stage R+T. Based on currently available information, the valid Corona Regulations of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg and the Safe Expo concept we have implemented would enable the event to be safely staged in February. However, the developments are very dynamic at present. In view of this situation, we realized that R+T will not be possible in its customary form and quality in February 2022. We therefore believe that it is our responsibility to give all participants planning security and postpone R+T until 2024. We will produce a digital video format for the trend topics and innovations in the industry. However, we will not stage a purely digital trade fair such as R+T digital.”
The next R+T will take place in its regular cycle February 19-23, 2024.
Posted December 1, 2021
Source: Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI)