Messe Düsseldorf will install HEPA filtration
Messe Düsseldorf and Congress Center Düsseldorf, which host the triennial K Show among other major trade shows, are currently adding HEPA filtration to purify the air of 99% of viruses, bacteria and particles, while improving efficiency heating and cooling of the exhibition center. heating, cooling and ventilation. By July 3, a total of 3,000 filters will be installed. In mid-June, Messe Düsseldorf announced that Halls 1, 9-17 and the Congress Center Düsseldorf CCD had already been refurbished. The trade fair organizer noted that 80% of the 1.4 million euros invested in adding the filters was paid for by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection as part of a funding program.
In a press release, Wolfram N. Diener, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, said the new HEPA filters will help ensure that the fairgrounds can provide all guests with the best possible protection. “In combination with our efficient ventilation system, voluntary hygiene measures, spacious rooms and halls,” Diener said, “we reduce the risk of infection to a minimum.”
Messe Düsseldorf noted that the new HEPA filters complement the fairground’s existing ventilation system. The fully automatic system includes 60,000 measuring points to ensure optimal air quality, while supplying the halls with 10 million m3 fresh outside air every hour via 10 km of ventilation ducts. HEPA filters can reduce the heating and cooling energy consumption of floor ventilation systems when outdoor temperatures are low by mixing outdoor air, which has been filtered, with warm hall air.
The last K stage in 2019 registered 3330 exhibitors from 63 countries covering 177,000 m2 net exhibition space. The show welcomed 224,116 spectators, 73% of whom came from abroad. Months after the show was held, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to many public gatherings, including trade shows, with many major plastics events like NPE and Chinaplas canceled in the years who followed.
The upcoming K Show in October will feature rooms with HEPA filtered air.
Photo credit: Messe Düsseldorf