In October at K 2022, Hall 6 at Messe Düsseldorf in Germany will be filled with global chemical companies and resin makers. Right now, it's housing refugees from Ukraine.
Messe Düsseldorf says it received a request to make its largest hall available to accomodate Ukrainians. The hall covers nearly 270,000 square feet and has its own changing rooms and 40 shower stalls.
The company said in a news release that it worked with the German Red Cross and Düsseldorf Fire Department to set up 1,000 cots on March 7 and used 2,500 meters of partition walls to separate the hall into smaller rooms. The cots were already filled as of March 8.
"We were very happy to accommodate the request," Wolfram N. Diener, president and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, said in the release. "On the day of construction, a large number of colleagues spontaneously lent a hand to make the accommodation possible as quickly as possible, because we are moved by the fate of the people and because we are deeply moved by the plight of the refugees. Receiving and accommodating them is a matter of course for us."
Catering is being provided by Stockheim, the regular catering partner for the messe. There is also free WiFi to help the refugees keep in touch with family and friends and follow reports from Ukraine.