This year there will be no premiere of TWENTY2X, the B2B event for IT decision-makers from small and medium-sized companies in the DACH region. Comprehensive travel restrictions, bans on gatherings and curfews make planning and staging TWENTY2X impossible for organizers, exhibitors and visitors. Furthermore, it is not possible to predict how long these measures will last, since experts agree that the spread of the coronavirus will remain the dominant issue even in the summer months.

Human life and health are top priorities, but the corona crisis is also affecting most industries as well. Declining demand and sales are distressing the economy, resulting in supply bottlenecks, production stops and reduced working hours.

"Times of crisis call for a high level of responsibility, flexibility and pragmatic action. As operators of a global marketplace, we are now assuming this responsibility in the interest of our employees, customers and partners as well as the city of Hannover and the state of Lower Saxony. We will not stage TWENTY2X as planned in mid-June 2020," said Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Member of the Managing Board, Deutsche Messe AG.