VDDI and Koelnmesse postpone IDS to September 2021

With the unchanged challenges the COVID-19 pandemic is raising in Germany and the anticipated continuation of the extensive restriction of personal contacts by the government, states, and municipalities at the beginning of the new year, the VDDI board, the Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Dental-Industrie mbH (GFDI) (the commercial enterprise of the VDDI) and Koelnmesse have decided to postpone the International Dental Show (IDS).

The trade fair that was originally planned to take place from 10 to 13 March, will now be held from 22 to 25 September 2021. This is in response to the currently ongoing COVID-19 policy, which may be extended in Germany into the new year.

By postponing the 39th edition of IDS to September, the organisers are hoping that there would be improved health situation and relaxation of the travel restrictions so more international partners and customers can travel to Cologne, Germany.

The presently essential political decisions taken by the Federal Government are also affecting trade fairs in Germany. And are also impacting IDS. Thus, it will be staged in September with the new trade fair concept that was planned for March, which unites physical and digital elements.

The #B-SAFE4business concept that is based on the applicable Corona Protection Ordinance will also accompany IDS in September to offer the exhibitors and visitors the highest possible level of safety. “The Association of the German Dental Industry and Koelnmesse have kept a close eye on the developments of the pandemic at all times and have analysed the possible consequences on the trade fair activities of all personnel involved.

The health of our exhibitors, partners, and visitors takes top priority for us here. After assessing the current facts, we have had to refrain from staging IDS in March and are postponing the always successful dental show to the autumn of next year,” explained Mark Stephen Pace, chairman of the VDDI and Oliver Freser, chief operating officer of Koelnmesse GmbH.

More planning security: Dental industry to be united again at IDS in Cologne after
two and a half years

The exhibitors now have six months longer to prepare their presence at the leading global trade fair and push innovations. The dental industry will meet up again in the exhibition halls in Cologne after two and a half years: This decision will enable the exhibitors and visitors to engage in a physical and personal exchange live again and experience the pronounced community principle, which has distinguished the dental industry for decades. The prospect of a strong and economically attractive restart after the COVID-19 pandemic thus exists.