Despite the current uncertainty regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), EisenWarenMesse, the International Hardware Fair Cologne, goes ahead as planned.
“It goes without saying that the safety and health of employees is of utmost importance to all our members and we understand the current uncertainty,” said Stefan Horst, managing director, Association of German Tool manufacturers (FWI). “We and our members are monitoring the developments very closely.
“The decision of both the companies and FWI to participate in the trade fair was therefore taken after careful consideration and assessment of the current situation.”
International and German health authorities recommend preventive measures. However, they currently do not see any reason to restrict major events in Germany. In addition, precautionary measures are also in place at the individual exhibition stands, such as additional disinfectant dispensers and recommendations for personal safety like not shaking hands.
According to current information, there is no risk associated with visiting a trade fair in Germany. With this in mind, we are unequivocally committed to our presence at the fair. As a leading tool manufacturer, we represent the German tool industry on behalf of all the colleagues who cannot be there,” added Michael Kleinbongartz, CEO KUKKO and chairman of FWI.