ILA 2020 cancelled
Berlin, 18 March 2020 – ILA Berlin 2020 will not be taking place. This was agreed upon by the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), the organisers of the ILA, and Messe Berlin GmbH following an extraordinary meeting of the supervisory board of Messe Berlin GmbH. The ILA had been scheduled to take place from 13 to 17 May 2020 at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport.
Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus, on 12 March 2020 the head administrator of the district of Dahme-Spreewald – the authority responsible for enacting protective measures to prevent the spread of contagious diseases – issued a general order and instructed its immediate implementation. It states that ”events with an anticipated attendance of at least 1,000 persons are forbidden in the administrative district of Dahme-Spreewald.“ The order is not time-limited and will remain in force until further notice. Explaining their decision, the authorities noted the assessments made by the Robert Koch Institute and the relevant public health authorities, following which an imposition of minor restrictions would be unable to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at large events of this kind. They also noted that it would be virtually impossible to trace the previous movements of those who made contact with the virus.
BDLI Chief Executive Volker Thum: ”For us it is clear that we take responsibility for the exhibitors, partners and visitors at ILA 2020. We would like to expressly thank everyone whose commitment over the past few months helped to prepare for the ILA. Our high-tech industry is of strategic importance to the country. This crisis is a severe blow. Now, more than ever, we must stand shoulder to shoulder with policymakers and all our stakeholders.“
Dr. Christian Göke, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Berlin GmbH: ”It is with a heavy heart that we must now announce the cancellation of ILA Berlin 2020. For weeks Messe Berlin has made it known that a decision on holding or cancelling large-scale events can at present only be based on the recommendations or instructions of the relevant specialist authorities. Only they possess the necessary information and specialist knowledge in order to draw the right conclusions. We take our responsibility for the health and safety of our visitors, exhibitors and employees very seriously.”
Over 1,100 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and around 180,000 trade visitors and members of the general public attended ILA 2018.
ILA 2020: An innovation firework
ILA Berlin is the hub for the international aerospace industry. With over 1,000 exhibitors from all over the world, ILA Berlin showcases the industry's very best in terms of high-tech products as well as research and development projects. More than 65,000 trade visitors and 115,000 members of the public attended the leading aerospace innovation fair in 2018 in Berlin, to experience this fascinating industry first hand, right in the heart of Europe.
INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE OF FLYING
Eco-efficiency and digitalization are currently shaping the discourse within the aerospace industry. ILA Berlin displayed pioneering innovations, components made of novel materials such as ultra-light fiber composites allow for significant weight decreise and, therefor, fuel savings. Hybrid-electric engines paired with alternative fuels are making aviation greener than ever. Thanks to digital technologies, innovative engines are able to recognize and report necessary maintenance and repair work in advance. These, as well as other pioneering aerospace developments, can be seen at ILA Berlin, for example in the ILA Future Lab.
UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS FOR THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY
Autonomous flying air taxis could soon define the future of urban mobility and the industry is working hard on the required technologies. Drones have the power to unlock new possibilities for several sectors of the economy - from precision farming in agriculture, to maintenance of bridges and dams, to the delivery of medicines to remote areas or crisis regions. ILA Berlin is showcasing pioneering innovations and their vision for the future of mobility in the exhibition area UAS Innovation Hub (Unmanned Aerial Systems).
LARGEST SPACE EXHIBITION IN EUROPE
The presentation of space technology at ILA Berlin is unique. It is where agencies, scientists, established space companies and New Space start-ups cross borders and join forces to present innovations and developments for the good of mankind. Hardly any other industry relies so extensively on international cooperation as space. For example, programs to secure access to space, space exploration or satellite communications and earth observations are primarily implemented collaboratively. ILA Berlin's high calibre makes it the ideal platform for the international space community to further define joint projects and discuss future topics, from Big Data to Intelligent Mobility.
AN EXCLUSIVE MARKETPLACE FOR THE SUPPLIER INDUSTRY
In the International Supplier Center ISC, more than 300 suppliers from all over the world gather to present their innovations in their very own hall - this is a unique experience where the largest supplier know-how in the world comes together in one place. The ISC also brings suppliers and buyers together, both individually and exclusively.
A FASCINATION FOR FLIGHT
At ILA 2020, hundreds of aircraft can be admired both on the ground and in the air - from large jets to cargo planes, helicopters and drone to military aircraft. In a unique flying display program, all the different aircrafts can show off their skills.
AVIATION IS A HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY LIKE NO OTHER. AT ILA BERLIN, THE INDUSTRY SHOWS WHAT IT’S GOT.
What materials will be used to manufacture aircraft in 20 years? What will production and the logistics chain look like tomorrow? And when will the first electric mid-range aircraft be ready for takeoff? At ILA Berlin, our focus is the future.
SPACE: IT’S ALL AROUND US AT ILA BERLIN. LIKE NO OTHER EXHIBITION.
Space is about innovating our way into the future. In today’s digitized world, space offers a growing international market with networks that go beyond borders. That’s why international contacts are more important than ever before. ILA Berlin brings together the global space community.
DEFENSE & SECURITY
DEFENSE NEEDS A STRONG INDUSTRY BEHIND IT. AT ILA BERLIN, THE SECTOR SHOWS WHAT IT’S MADE OF.
Cybercrime, asymmetrical warfare, terrorism – policymakers are continually confronted with new threats. At ILA Berlin, the defense industry and military show how they protect countries.
ILA BERLIN IS AN INTERACTIVE BUSINESS PLATFORM FOR SUPPLIERS.
Suppliers are the bedrock of the aerospace industry. Connect with customers and partners, and set up meetings for the next big deal.
UNMANNED SYSTEMS: HOW DRONES CAN IMPROVE OUR LIVES
Unmanned aviation has unleashed a revolution in aviation. The question is: How can the private sector truly benefit from drones? When will we be able to hail an air taxi? And how can these new forms of mobility be deployed sustainably? In the new ILA exhibition area “UAS Innovation Hub” you can meet the key players in unmanned aviation to discuss these questions – and many more.
ILA BERLIN SHOWCASES THE MOST IMPORTANT TRENDS IN AEROSPACE.
Aerospace is being continually revolutionized through new innovations. ILA Berlin provides a stage for the industry’s most important new ideas.