PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom 2021 will take place online

  • “PSI Digital” from 19 – 21 May, 2021
  • “Digital Friday” to take place every second Friday of the month from June until January 2022
  • Next physical PSI to take place in January 2022 at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre

The trade show trio of PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom planned for 18-20 May, 2021 will now take place this year online.

Under the name “PSI Digital”, the three trade shows for the promotional products, textile and finishing industries will offer a top-class online programme – live and on-demand – from 19 to 21 May, 2021. In addition, there will be a Digital Friday on every second Friday of the month from June until the next face-to-face event in January.

“We know how important it is to bring the promotional products industry together for a much-needed face-to-face exchange. However, pandemic restrictions and delays in vaccine-programs are not providing the required security for an on-site event with physical visitor-attendance in May,” said Benedikt Binder-Krieglstein, CEO of organiser Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH. “In addition, the possible reopening of events will be discussed at the earliest at the next meeting of the heads of states on 23 March. We have therefore decided, together with our exhibitors and partners, to unite industries virtually this year and return to the Düsseldorf exhibition centre with PSI in January 2022”, Binder-Krieglstein continued.

Meanwhile, Messe Düsseldorf also announced that the world’s leading trade show for the glass industry, glasstec, scheduled for mid-June, is also postponed due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic.

PSI Digital

From 19 to 21 May 2021, Wednesday noon to Friday noon, PSI Digital will offer a virtual trade show experience for 48 hours. Visitors worldwide will have access to various PSI sourcing tools, product presentations and a top-class programme, including live interviews and panel discussions broadcast on “PSI TV”. Online seminars, interviews and how-to videos on key industry topics will also be found on-demand.

All trade show visitors – i.e. also non-members – have will receive a free 48-hour access pass to the PSI Product, Supplier and Distributor Finder. “This provides all visitors with the best tools for acquisition and lead generation free of charge for two days. By giving the industry a voice and a digital platform on which to exchange ideas, network and educate themselves at a European level in these difficult times, we are contributing to important community building,” said Petra Lassahn, Director of PSI. From June until the trade show in January 2022, the digital trade show will be extended to include ‘Digital Fridays’. In concrete terms, this means that on every second Friday of the month, all participants will have access for one day to a broad programme as well as the same sourcing and networking offers as in May.

Tickets for the digital events are free of charge and available via the online ticket shop at

PSI 2022 from 11 – 13 January

The next on-site PSI with physical visitor-attendance will take place from 11 – 13 January 2022 at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, marking the traditional kick-off for the promotional products industry’s coming business year.


  • PSI Digital: 19 – 21 May 2021
  • Digital Friday: 11 June, 9 July, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October, 12 November, 10 December
  • PSI 2022: 11 – 13 January 2022

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New showdates in 2021: PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom will take place from 18 to 20 May 2021

The trade show combination of PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom, which was planned to take place from 12 to 14 January 2021 in Düsseldorf, has been postponed to 18 to 20 May 2021.

This early announcement will hopefully allow time for the impact of COVID-19 across the world to stabilise and when safe to do so, ensure that the event can continue its critical role in bringing the industry together again.

“The measures taken by the Federal Government and the Federal States since the beginning of November show how dynamic the developments around COVID-19 are. With the pandemic once again spreading throughout Europe, medium-term economic planning is challenging, including the organisation of PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom. After consultation with our exhibitors and partners, and with their support, we have made this difficult decision to postpone,” commented Michael Freter, Managing Director of organizer, Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH.

“Like the promotion production, textile and finishing industry, we had hoped for the reopening of our long-awaited business in January. It was to be a great reunion after a challenging time. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case”, continued Michael Freter. “Our top priority as organizers remains the safety and health of exhibitors and visitors, as well as providing them with the business success they expect from their participation in the trade fair. We are confident  that the postponement of PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom to next May will provide the industries with the best possible conditions for a successful event, in order to provide the urgently needed impetus for a new start as soon as the crisis subsides”, Freter stated.

In addition to the face-to-face events, the planned online formats will be postponed to the new date in May 2021. Until then, exhibitors and visitors can continue to find out about trends and news from the industry online, the PSI Product Finder and at

Stimulating a fresh start

PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom will be held in January 2021
Safety first: a comprehensive hygiene concept will guarantee the safety of both visitors and exhibitors

A virus, lockdown and a roadmap to a new normality: COVID-19 has monopolised world attention for the past few months. It has also had a severe impact on the world of advertising. Many industries have cancelled advertising activities and events have frequently had to be postponed or cancelled, including no less than 2500 trade fairs. Now that some countries are at last tentatively emerging from lockdown, we can cautiously begin to look forward to the future again. Whereas the current financial year is going to be hallmarked by a severe economic downturn, it is to be hoped that the three trade shows, PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom (12th – 14th January 2021) will provide the impetus for a fresh start next year. The three fairs will be held, as originally planned, at the very start of next year.

As Petra Lassahn of show organizer Reed Exhibitions and director of the three trade fairs says, “After lockdown, the retail economy urgently needs to start finding markets again. Trade fairs are one of the best tools for kickstarting an economic recovery and can provide a vital signal for a new beginning”. Together, PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom reflect the entire world of sales and advertising. Thanks to the close bonds between the different branches, they provide a major force for good in the industry and beyond. “Especially when working together as a team, the three fairs can provide an urgently needed stimulus required for revitalising the industries in the short and medium term.”

Comprehensive health protection

Over the last few months, the PSI network has fought hard for the interests of industry players, both on a political level and also by providing many of its own services free of charge. Preparations for organising the fairs in January are now going into the decisive phase. As Petra Lassahn emphasises, “Together with representatives from the relevant authorities and Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, we are compiling a detailed hygiene and safety concept that will protect all participants from a possible risk of infection during the fair.”

New structures, greater safety and maximum flexibility

The three fairs are being completely restructured in January to ensure maximum safety. There will be more emphasis on the themes of product sourcing, sustainability, technology & community in four halls. A key part of the planning will involve guiding visitors more transparently through the fair as well as deciding on just how exhibitors will be able to present their products and services to the public. As Michael Freter of Reed Exhibitions Germany and Managing Director of PSI confirms, “We need to work with the utmost flexibility because circumstances can change on a daily basis at the moment”.

PromoTex Expo will focus on sustainability

As well as having a new hygiene and safety concept, other changes will also be made regarding show planning. PromoTex Expo will move closer to PSI again, with exhibitors from the world of textiles being represented in all four exhibition halls in 2021. “We would like to promote any synergies where they exist”, says Petra Lassahn. “That is precisely what these three shows exemplify in the world of sales and advertising. We will also focus even more strongly on the topic of sustainability at the textile fair because this is something that sets us apart from other textile events and also attracted a lot of attention and support in 2020 – partially thanks to our collaboration with the Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development with their new “Green Button” certification.

A second section of PromoTex Expo is moving to Hall 12 where viscom is also being held. An optimised planning concept strengthens the synergies between the two fairs, bringing them closer together without, however, detracting from their independence. The “hands on” approach, so familiar from viscom is not just being retained but also taken a stage further under the motto of “Mach was draus” (English: “turn it into something better”). Advertising technicians, and indeed all visitors, are being encouraged to get stuck into materials and equipment, find answers to their questions, take the opportunity to discuss things with one other and try out new things at different stations. Once again, the focus will be on the workshop, alongside an extensive exhibition of different materials, while experts will also be on site to answer any technical questions relating to equipment or software.

Homecoming for PSI members

Special services will be available for PSI members. They will be able to relax in the PSI Members Only Lounge. There you will not just find all the different PSI service departments represented but also have the opportunity to meet up and network with other members of the PSI family after an extraordinary year. The motto for 2021 is “Coming Home”. Other crowd-pullers will include the GUSTO area, with numerous samples for tasting that will melt on your tongue while indelibly burning the respective brand on your mind. There will also be product presentations to acquaint visitors with novelties and best-sellers in the industry.

Final Report 2020

PromoTex Expo 2020: Sustainability strikes a Chord

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Re-Cycling. Up-Cycling. Circular Economy. Those visiting PromoTex Expo in 2020 could not avoid being confronted with sustainability. “Three quarters of Germans attach importance to sustainable fashion. They want to know how their apparel is manufactured, and rightly so. This is why I am delighted that Promotex Expo places sustainability centrestage in 2020,” says Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development. He took over the patronage of PromoTex Expo where 110 exhibitors, 80% of them from abroad, demonstrated the ecological, economic and social commitment of the textile industry. In total, 16,367 textile producers, signmakers, promotional products distributors, agencies and marketers attended the trade show.

Continue reading “Final Report 2020”

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Make your brand wearable

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  • Sustainability at the Textile Campus
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It’s colourful, it’s loud and it shouts: “Make your brand wearable!” With its new claim PromoTex Expo brings together textile finishers and experts, signmakers, designers, promotional product distributors, agencies and marketeers to present their highlights in promotion, sports and workwear. The event will once again be held concurrently with PSI and viscom from 7 – 9 January 2020. Together these three trade shows – boasting optimised hall occupancy – form the World of Advertising and Selling.

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Kick-off exceeds all expectations:

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Be it as workwear, for promotional purposes or for enhancing sportspeople’s experience: textiles are the stars at the new PromoTex Expo. As the annual kick-off event it will open the new fiscal year for this industry in the fashion capital Düsseldorf from 8 – 10 January. Advertising, promotion and sport textiles suppliers will present innovations, bestsellers, smart and sustainable product highlights. A host of side events as well as the two trade shows held concurrently, viscom and PSI, round off the trade show visit for textile professionals. Continue reading “PromoTex Expo 2019: textile vendors kick off the new business year”

Packed programme for marketing professionals

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Why should marketers deal with the blockchain? Which SEO strategies will be successful in 2019? And when is a brand sexy enough for the POS? From 8 to 10 January, find all the answers at the “World of Advertising and Selling” in Düsseldorf. The heart of the new trade show event, which consolidates the power of the trade shows PSI, viscom and PromoTex Expo, will be the “Marketing Innovations” forum, the place where marketing decision-makers, creative professionals and designers can learn all there is to know about new marketing strategies, merchandising & licensing and advertising at the POS. Continue reading “Packed programme for marketing professionals”