Cancellation of SHK ESSEN 2020

SHK ESSEN, which was planned for 10 to 13 March 2020 and initially postponed to 1 to 4 September 2020, does not take place. After Messe Essen had informed in May that this year's edition of the trade fair for sanitation, heating, air conditioning and digital building management would be offered once in a special format, a close dialogue with the exhibitors has taken place in recent weeks. After the discussions, one thing is now certain: As much as the industry would like to have a platform for re-entering the market, there is a great deal of uncertainty in view of the new corona virus situation which has arisen in NRW in recent days. Against this background, there is no guarantee that the trade fair can be held economically for all participants.

Flexible and individual presentation solutions with the greatest possible infection protection measures: Under these premises, Messe Essen, together with its partners and exhibitors, has recently worked out the special format of the SHK ESSEN edition which has been postponed until late summer 2020. The concept of the industry forum was well received but the exhibitors ultimately remained too reserved. Together with the SHK NRW trade association, the conceptual partner of the trade fair, the decision has therefore now been made to cancel the event.

"Unfortunately, we have not succeeded – especially due to the recent occurrence of infections in NRW – in winning a sufficient number of exhibitors for the special format of SHK ESSEN which we had planned", explains Oliver P. Kuhrt, Managing Director of Messe Essen. "We are therefore now concentrating entirely on the next edition of SHK ESSEN in March 2022.”

Messe Essen will refund the admission prices to visitors who have already bought tickets for the now cancelled SHK ESSEN 2020.

Next Trade Fair Date

The next SHK ESSEN will take place from 8 to 11 March 2022 at the usual early point in the year which is so important for the industry. Messe Essen and its cooperation partners are already working at full speed on the new edition and an innovative fair concept.


At SHK ESSEN, more than 500 exhibitors from more than 15 countries present innovations and trends from the fields of sanitary objects and sanitary installations, heating technology, ventilation and air-conditioning technology and digital building management every two years.