The next Optatec international trade fair for optical technologies, components and systems has been postponed due to the current situation. Instead of as originally scheduled in November 2020, the industry meet for the most important players in the optics industry will be held again at its usual trade fair venue in Frankfurt from the 17th through the 19th of May, 2022.
“All of the prerequisites would have been fulfilled for the optical technologies industry to get together for its traditional trade fair meet in Frankfurt this November,” says Bettina Schall, managing director of P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG. During the last few months, all of the necessary corona-related conditions had been adapted in cooperation with all involved parties in such a way that a successful Optatec 2020 could have taken place. The hygiene and safety concept had been finalised. Numerous exhibitors and visitors who had planned to participate at Optatec, which is internationally recognised as a market leader in the optical technologies and is a traditionally coveted industry meet, had been eagerly awaiting the trade fair in November 2020. However, the decision to refrain from holding the trade fair has been prompted by the current infection incidence trend in recent days. “Conscientiousness, farsightedness and consideration for others demand postponement of the on-site event,” observes Bettina Schall.
Optatec-Virtual Established as a Digital Marketplace
In the meantime, Optatec-Virtual has established itself as a digital trade fair platform. Several months ago, trade fair promoters P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG created a meeting place for suppliers and users from the optics industry with their digital marketplace. Exhibitors are presenting their highlights and product innovations including optical components, optomechanics, optoelectronics, fibre-optics, light guides, laser components and production systems at Optatec-Virtual in ideally structured digital showrooms. Expert visitors to the virtual trade fair can select any desired information via the event’s nomenclature in an optimum fashion with the help of the thematically focused search engine, or collect relevant, targeted matches for their business by entering keywords. The hit list is functional and makes it possible for visitors to send individualised problem-solving RFQs to the exhibitors included in the well-matched search results, in order to mutually develop any required special solutions.
Optatec, which takes place once every two years, is the traditional trade fair meeting place for the most important players in the optics industry. For many companies, Optatec is the essential industry meet in Germany and Europe, as well as the leading trade fair in its field. There’s no other trade fair where the most important players from the optics industry come together at a single location. Expert visitors are able to gain an impression of worldwide offerings for products, stand-alone and system solutions, as well as applications from the field of optical technologies.