Fira de Barcelona Gran Via
1-4 June 2021

New Procedures for ISE 2021

Due to the change of venue, we have modified some of our procedures regarding stand construction for ISE 2021. This is a summary of the new policies that will be implemented this year; please refer to our ISE 2021 Event Manual for more detailed information regarding Build-up and Breakdown policies.

Extra build-up days

For ISE 2021 we have added one extra build-up day. Early Access will begin at 08:00 on Monday 24 May and is only available by request. If you are interested in an early build-up (24 or 25 May), please contact Kelly Velasquez at The request for Early Access should be made through the Exhibitor Back Office by Tuesday 18 May 2021 – 17:00 hrs CET. The payment will only be accepted from the exhibitor – no exceptions.

The regular build-up schedule will begin on Wednesday 26 May at 08:00 and will run until Sunday 30 May at 00:00. There will be no build-up allowed whatsoever on Monday 31 May.

Monday 24 May *NEW*08:00 – 00:00Build-up only upon request to ISE**
Tuesday 25 May08:00 – 00:00Build-up only upon request to ISE**
Wednesday 26 May08:00 – 00:00Build-up for all space-only exhibitors/contractors
Thursday 27 May08:00 – 00:00Build-up for all space-only exhibitors/contractors
Friday 28 May08:00 – 00:00Build-up for all space-only exhibitors/contractors
Saturday 29 May08:00 – 00:00Build-up for all space-only exhibitors/contractors
Sunday 30 May08:00 – 00:00LAST Build-up Day for all space-only exhibitors/contractors.
Decoration and equipment delivery of shell scheme stands/removal of all empty cases
Monday 31 May8:00 – 17:00Fine tuning for all exhibitors. No more stand building allowed.
Decoration only for shell scheme stands, no freight allowed
** please be advised overnight working is not possible

Please note the build-up schedule does not allow for 24-hour working. If overnight working is desired it should be requested from the Fira directly, via

No stand build on Monday 31 May

As mentioned in the last section, there will be a zero-tolerance policy regarding stand building on Monday 31 May. This day will be reserved for fine tuning, testing equipment, adding small final touches to your stand, etc. This policy will be monitored and enforced by ISE management and Abraxys.

This also applies to shell scheme stands, any freight or goods delivered needs to be done on Sunday. Monday is strictly meant for decoration.

For a clear overview, please see the distinction between Sunday and Monday:

Sunday 30 May
The following activities must be finished by 20:00:
Monday 31 May
The following activities are allowed until 17:00:
  • Vehicle movements
  • Collection of empty cases and toolboxes
  • Movement of forklifts, cherry-pickers, cranes and movable platforms
  • Rigging, securing of safety chains
  • Working at height
  • Fine tuning of equipment
  • Decoration of the stand
  • Cleaning
  • Training of stand personnel

This is in order to ensure a safe working environment on the day before the show opens for attendees, while there will be a considerable amount of exhibitor staff present within the halls.

European consolidation points

CEVA Showfreight has strategic consolidation points throughout Europe so that goods for ISE can then travel together directly to Fira. This saves exhibitors money and also avoids multiple handling of shipments, thus reducing the risk of damages.

For more information about your nearest consolidation point and prices please email:

loading-bay-firaBuild-up restrictions

Please note that in the loading bay of Hall 8.0, in the loading bays of Halls 6 and 7 (by Alumini Street) and in the rear sides of Halls 5 and 7, no work can be carried out from 22:00 to 07:00. See blue marked areas on floorplan.

This however has no influence on the time frame for working within the halls, this is still allowed until midnight.

Hall lighting

The only two halls in the Fira that will be darkened during ISE 2021 are Halls 6 and 7. The remainder of the halls will not be darkened.

During build-up, the hall lights will be switched on 100%. During show days the lights will be switched on in all halls, apart from Halls 6 and 7.

There will be a light test on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, during which time you can test your stand lighting and make the necessary adjustments. The exact timings will be given in the ISE Monthly Update emails in April 2021 and May 2021.

Rigging – complex structures

Our official rigging partner is Fira Barcelona, Servifira which monitors all rigging requests. All stand designs that include any rigging services must be included in your stand plans and must be reviewed and approved by Abraxys before rigging services can be ordered from the venue. Any construction that requires use of the venue rigging points will be deemed complex. Complex fees are confirmed in our Event Manual in section 6.6.3. Any item that requires rigging must be part of your stand design and must remain within the parameters of the stand.

Please see a detailed flowchart of the ISE 2021 Stand Plan Review Process, which clarifies whether your stand is considered complex and the process to obtain Permission to Build.

Hard helmets and safety shoes

All contractor personnel needing to gain access to the halls before 08:00 on Monday 31 May must wear a hard hat, hi-vis, appropriate shoes and a face mask. After this deadline it is still advisable to wear hard hats and safety shoes, but it remains mandatory to wear a face mask. Please note that there will be no services to purchase these on site.