As part of Koelnmesse's digitalisation strategy, the 2021 Hardware Fair will be staged for the first time in a hybrid format. Physical product presentations and networking formats will be complemented by digital offerings. A hygiene concept will also be implemented: the organisers say that widening the aisles to five metres, ventilation systems and two additional halls should ensure maximum safety.
To date around 2 000 exhibitors have registered for the trade show. Koelnmesse regards the exhibitor response as a "clear expression of faith in physical trade shows".