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IWA OutdoorClassics 2021 cancelled

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To allow all participants to plan with certainty, NürnbergMesse has
taken the decision to cancel the IWA OutdoorClassics 2021 well ahead
of time. Rising infection rates, various quarantine rules and travel
restrictions are simply making it impossible for exhibitors and visitors
to make any firm plans. The next IWA OutdoorClassics will take place
in Nuremberg from 3–6 March 2022.

“Over recent weeks we have received a lot of support and understanding
from within the sector. The discussions we have had with our exhibitors
have clearly shown that the IWA continues to be an essential part of the
B2B community,” says Petra Wolf, from the NürnbergMesse Management
Board. “Despite the challenging situation, more than 1,000 exhibitors had
registered for the trade fair. It is therefore with even greater regret that we
must now postpone this event till 2022. This commitment by exhibitors and
their willingness to participate in the fair reinforce our conviction that the
IWA still plays a significant role,” Wolf continues.

“Road to IWA 2022” in the pipeline
The IWA team is currently working on an interim programme. The kick-off
event for the series of online and physical events and formats called “Road
to IWA 2022” will take place on 12 March 2021, the first day of the planned
IWA 2021. The selected date corresponds to the IWA Friday. “We want to
offer the sector the opportunity to stay in contact during these turbulent
times. We are therefore working hard to develop concepts to allow us to
bridge the gap until the next face-to-face gathering. We will miss the direct
contact, that much is certain. It is therefore even more important to stick
together as a sector and support one another,” explains Rebecca
Schönfelder, Exhibition Director IWA OutdoorClassics.

Institutional sponsors support decision

Klaus Gotzen, managing director of the JSM (German Firearms and
Ammunition Manufacturers Association), says: “It is certainly true that the
IWA is one of the most important occasions and industry gatherings in the
year. But all of us need to prioritise our health. We very much regret the
cancellation of the IWA because meeting our partners and members in
person is so important to us. Nevertheless, we completely understand the
decision by NürnbergMesse and are looking forward to the event in 2022.”
The manufacturers’ association is one of the institutional sponsors of the
IWA OutdoorClassics and currently serves 42 companies.

Ingo Meinhard, managing director of the VDB (Association of German
Gunsmiths and Gun Traders), has a similar perspective: “As a leading trade
fair, the IWA is a source of information for an entire sector, presenting
trends and innovations to an appreciative audience. It’s where our
members not only gain inspiration but also meet like-minded professionals.
The cancellation of the event affects the entire industry, and we hope that
this unusual situation will normalise soon.” The professional association,
which is also a sponsor of the event, represents the interests of around
1,400 members.

Dates for IWA OutdoorClassics 2022 now finalised

The IWA OutdoorClassics 2022 will take place in Nuremberg from 3–6
March. However, the usual schedule has been brought forward by one day
so that it will now run from Thursday to Sunday.

Contact for press and media

Tim Zychacek, Ariana Brandl
T +49 911 86 06-82 85
F +49 911 86 06-12 82 85
ariana.brandl@nuernbergmesse.de

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