In what now feels like an inevitable decision, Fensterbau has confirmed that this year’s exhibition has been postponed, with a date to be found in 2020 to reschedule.

This is their statement taken from their website:

NürnbergMesse has decided to postpone FENSTERBAU FRONTALE and HOLZ-HANDWERK. The exhibition duo will not take place as planned from 18-21 March 2020, but at a date in 2020 yet to be specified, in Nuremberg. The reason for the postponement is the increased spread of the corona virus and corresponding feedback from customers and industry representatives.

Petra Wolf, Member of the Management Board of NürnbergMesse: “We hope that the industry will understand the decision to postpone. The aim of every exhibition has to be to create a special experience for exhibitors and visitors likewise and to enable networking and expansion of existing business relations. Unfortunately, this goal cannot be achieved under the current circumstances. All the more reason for us to put high pressure on the task to find the best possible alternative date for such an important event for our customers.”

At the world’s leading trade fair FENSTERBAU FRONTALE architects, carpenters, window and façade manufacturers and the trade find out about the latest profile systems, glass in architecture, fittings, fastening technology, security technology, machines, systems and much more.

It takes place in conjunction with HOLZ-HANDWERK, the most important trade fair for carpenters and joiners in Europe with a wide range of products and services for woodworking, wood processing and woodworking machinery.

This follows other events around the world that have been postponed in an attempt to keep people safe and prevent the spread of the virus.

What I would say to the industry is this; take coronavirus seriously. Think about your events. Think about your staff. Think about your supply chains. Make plans now. Whilst the chances of catching the virus are low, and the chances of death are very small at this point in time, the real disruption is going to come from the precautions being taken to prevent the spread of the virus. Do not assume that Chinese factories reopening will suddenly make things better. It won’t. Factories making products means nothing if there is no way to transport them or process paperwork at either end of the chain.

As an industry, we all hope to see Fensterbau nail down a new date for the exhibition as soon as possible and that all involved can take part in a great show.

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FIT Show solidarity

In an update to the news, FIT Show has released this statement:

As an event organiser, I am hugely sympathetic to both Fensterbau and its exhibitors following the announcement that the March 2020 event is being postponed due to the growing threat of Coronavirus.

On behalf of the whole FIT Show team, we would like to extend our sympathies and support to the Fensterbau team and its exhibitors, which includes the European arms of a number of FIT Show’s own exhibitors.

Fensterbau, like many exhibitions, and indeed businesses on a global scale, are having to react and deal with circumstances that none of us could have foreseen or adequately prepared for.

I do not underestimate how difficult this must have, and will continue to be, for the entire team. From the people working hard behind the scenes to prepare for another successful show, through to its exhibitors and visitors who will have been making the same preparations.

FIT Show, including myself and a number of the UK team, were due to host a reception as part of the GGF Members Pavillion at Fensterbau next month, and look forward to supporting the show in the same way when it returns later in the year. I have every confidence that the whole industry will pull together to deliver a first class Fensterbau 2020, and I look forward to supporting the show when it returns.

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