Cologne, 21.–24.02.2021 #IEM2021

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The hardware industry is also facing major challenges due to the current coronavirus crisis. We will rock this situation together – and we are proud that we have already found a new date for the global No. 1:

EISENWARENMESSE – INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR will take place in Cologne from 21 to 24 February 2021.

Important for visitors:
Already purchased admission tickets will be refunded automatically in the coming weeks. You do not need to do anything else.

Important for exhibitors:
If we have not done so already, we will be contacting you in the next few days.

Any payments made or services booked will be automatically transferred to the new date. A new stand confirmation for EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair 2021 will also be sent to you by email. We will continue to be available by telephone or email for any questions you may have.

We thank you for your understanding and are looking forward to the new date.
But most importantly, stay healthy!




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The HARDWARE FAIR product range

The HARDWARE FAIR product range

The EISENWARENMESSE is divided into four clearly arranged product segments. Here professional buyers can find hardware competence in a consolidated and structured form.

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INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR - Work hard – rock harder!

We present the image film of EISENWARENMESSE. The INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR takes place on February 21-24, 2021 in Cologne.

A fair - many reasons to be curious


Exhibitors from all over the world

9 %

More visitors


Visitors from 143 countries

165.000 m²

Exhibition and event space


Dear Customers and Partners of Koelnmesse,

it is our firm goal to hold INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR at the planned time from 21. to 24.02.2021 in Cologne on our trade fair grounds. Due to the latest decisions taken on 06 May 2020 by government offices and public authorities in Germany, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia will be permitting from 30 May 2020 onwards the holding of trade fairs and congresses, subject to conditions.

We are aware of the responsibility that this involves. As event professionals, we see ourselves in a position to create framework conditions suitable to trade fairs, even in times such as these.

Trade fairs with a B2B orientation are fundamentally different to sporting events and funfairs. With trade fairs, the focus is on personal conversations and business contacts.

We are convinced that our trade fairs offer exhibitors and visitors ideal platforms for accelerating their return to business and for a rapid success after the crisis.

We see even now extensive travel facilitation by autumn, at least for Europe, as the basis for appropriate participation. We assume that more countries will follow suit until the start of our trade fairs. The resumption of air traffic will also contribute to this.

We are also convinced that the participants of our trade fairs are aware of their responsibility and will stick to the safety regulations and precautionary measures.

In Cologne, hotels, restaurants, transport companies and retailers have been familiar with the special features of the trade fair business for many years and prepare carefully for the return of their guests and customers.

The INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR as central business platform is indispensable to quickly and sustainably return the economy to the greatest possible normalcy.

Production, logistics, sales and communication will change, networking of the players, reactivation of economic relationships and the establishment of new business will be more important than ever before. It is essential for all market participants to actively prepare for this now.

Even in these times of the coronavirus pandemic, we have a safe and promising trade fair venue to offer our customers. With this in mind, in compliance with the terms of the Coronavirus Protection Ordinance of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia and in close coordination with the authorities in Cologne, we have drawn up measures for our trade fairs in Cologne that will seamlessly intermesh and govern the way we interact at the trade fair. Our goal is to provide the highest and most professional level of safety while creating an environment, in which our customers’ business can grow again.

Get a picture of our measures, which we have summarized under the keyword #B-SAFE4business .

We have an obligation to our customers and their sectors to offer them favourable prospects once again. The Koelnmesse event teams look forward to welcoming you at INTERNATIONAL HARDWARE FAIR to the trade fair grounds in Cologne.

As of 10.06.2020