The Hunkeler Innovationdays (HID) planned for next February in Lucerne, Switzerland, will be postponed by one year. The new date will be from 27 February to 2 March 2023. The company states, “Even though the exhibition halls are almost fully booked, we have decided with a heavy heart to postpone HID22 by one year to 2023. After weighing up all the opportunities and risks and after intensive discussions with our biggest partners and exhibitors, we concluded that the uncertainties and associated risks due to Covid-19 are simply too big.”
Digital production print and finishing in a unique setting
The Hunkeler Innovationdays are now scheduled to be held from February 27 to March 2, 2023 at the Lucerne Exhibition Centre (Switzerland). The international print industry event is focused on high-performance digital printing and finishing, particularly webfed inkjet presses and book productiion and commercial products that require variable print.
Nominally, a biennial event, the already once postponed Hunkeler event in 2022 would have taken place on the company’s 100th anniversary. However, the rescheduled event is expected to again gather the world’s digital paper processing elite will gather at the Lucerne Exhibition Centre about a two hour train ride from Zurich. In its fourteenth edition, the internationally important industry meeting is expected to again show many innovations and further developments in digital printing and finishing.
The Hunkeler Innovation Days have always been distinguished by an interdisciplinary concept. In a comparatively small space, all renowned manufacturers in the industry meet owners, managing directors, management and experts. This makes this international industry meeting unique worldwide. Visitors gain an insight into versatile scenarios with a high practical relevance.
As Stefan Hunkeler told David Zwang of What They Think in a brief video interview, a couple of days ago, Hunkeler is not an exhibition company and the current risks of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe and elsewhere and its consequent travel restrictions by governments would have put the 2022 event in an uncertain situation. Hunkeler was sensitive to the difficulties of travel for Asian and Latin American visitors and exhibitors and to the need for deciding well in time. This is something that the professional exhibition organizers could also do well to learn from the family owned company that organizes the every professional event in a personal and cost-effective way.