Citing both uncertainty over Coronavirus measures and exhibitors’ supply chain difficulties, Hunkeler has postponed its Innovationdays event, previously scheduled for February 2022, by one year.

The Lucerne-based high speed digital printing and finishing event, which until 2019 had been held biennially, will now run from 27 February to 2 March 2023, resuming what would have been its normal schedule, and like drupa, missing an instalment entirely. According to Hunkeler, the 2022 space was almost fully booked, with increasing demand; all existing bookings are being transferred to the 2023 event.

‘The decision was made in close consultation with our largest exhibitors and business partners,’ stated Stefan Hunkeler, president of the Board of Directors and responsible for Innovationdays. ‘Our goal is to hold a successful event. The unclear Covid-19 developments in various countries continue to restrict travel. The rules and regulations around the pandemic are dynamic and, in some cases, locally regulated. They continue to make international passenger travel difficult. In addition, various exhibitors are confronted with the globally known supply chain problems, which make it even more difficult to hold such an event.’

The 2022 event would have coincided with the company’s hundredth anniversary.