press release 04/2020

New Date: 30th of June through 3rd of July 2021 in Schwarzenborn

Due to the continuing increase of Covid 19 diseases in Germany and Europe, the German Center for Forest Work and Technology e.V. (KWF) has decided to postpone the 18th KWF-Tagung. „The health of exhibitors, visitors, partners and employees takes top priority for the KWF”, chairman Robert Morigl explains the decision. The board decided to take this step in an extraordinary board meeting on 23rd of March. In coordination with spokesmen of the company advisory committee, the 18th KWF-Tagung was postponed to the period from the 30th of June through the 3rd of July 2021. The venue remains the already well-prepared site in Schwarzenborn. Tickets and booked exhibition stands remain valid.

“We were on an excellent path with preparations for a pioneering KWF-Tagung. We have long hoped that the Covid 19 pandemic will be under control at this point and that with our event we are able to offer the forest industry a fresh start,” said managing director of the KWF, Prof. Dr. Ute Seeling. But according to the current evaluation of the situation with rapidly increasing numbers of diseased people and the drastically tightened restrictions imposed by the politicians in authority, the date in early July most likely is too early.

The spokesmen of the KWF advisory committee Dr. Jürgen Munz and Stefan Meier, as well as their deputies Britta Schlett and Ralf Dreeke, certainly would have preferred the KWF-Tagung 2020 to take place as planned: “However, the last few days have made it very clear that this will not be possible. It would have been extremely difficult to create and equip the exhibition stands in the outstanding form that is common at a KWF-Tagung. But the entire forest industry, including us, definitely needs the KWF-Tagung as an unique platform for innovations, for communication of knowledge and for the exchange of experience. Therefore we, collectively with the KWF, decided to postpone the KWF-Tagung by one year. As company representatives we fully support this decision”.

The world’s greatest forestry technology event was originally scheduled to take place from 1st through 4th of July 2020. Now the 18th KWF-Tagung will open its doors a year later. By deciding this, the KWF is following the urgent recommendations of the Federal Government and its ministries as well as the state ministries and the district of Schwalm-Eder.

“We take our responsibility as organizer very seriously and, by postponing the event, we are making our contribution to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infections. This is an absolute priority,”said Morigl. He added simultaneously: “It is very important for us to announce the new date for the 18th KWF-Tagung today in order to secure planning certainty for the entire forest and timber cluster. Our customers and partners can be reassured that we will act considerate and responsible at any circumstance – therefore also in difficult situations.”

Postponing an event of the type, size and importance of a KWF-Tagung has extensive organizational consequences. In the past years and months, an enormous effort has been put into the planning of the event site, preparing stand spaces and the infrastructure, as well as for logistics. Further, a comprehensive specialist and supporting program has been organized. Several hundred actors from the entire forestry industry as well as the region realized these preparations joinjointly with the team of the 18th KWF-Tagung.

“I would like to thank everyone who has so actively supported and accompanied the KWF for the 18th KWF-Tagung to the present day. Concurrently, I ask you to hold faith with the KWF and continue your commitment in 2021 – after the Corona crisis – ”Seeling appealed urgently to friends, partners and sponsors of the KWF.

 

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