The Coronavirus outbreak has heavily impacted the trade fair industry, creating confusion, uncertainty and a thorny scenario for organizers and exhibitors. Many shows have been cancelled or postponed, resulting in important economic losses.
The economic damage in Europe caused by coronavirus has been estimated as high as 5.8 billion euros. This could translate into thousands of job losses - around 51,400 jobs potentially lost in Europe according to EMECA, the European Major Exhibition Centres Association. We tried to shed light on the current situation with an updated list of the main trade events that were postponed or cancelled:
HANNOVER MESSE • Cancelled - The main trade show for industrial decision makers will not take place this year. Deutsche Messe invites to revive this year's event digitally. The new dates were announced at the end of March: April 12-16, 2021, Hannover (Germany).
SENSOR+TEST • Cancelled - The organizer AMA Service hesitated until the last minute before announcing at the end of April the cancellation of this year's edition, scheduled in June, for the prohibition of public events in Bavaria. The next appointment will be on: May, 4-6, 2021, Nuremberg (Germany).
LOGIMAT • Cancelled - The 18th International Trade Fair for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management, originally scheduled for March 10 to 12 will finally take place next year: March 9-11, 2021, Stuttgart (Germany).
WIN EURASIA • Cancelled - As a consequence of the declaration of the Turkish Republic Ministry of Trade, the 2020 edition of the Leading Trade Fairs of the manufacturing industry in Eurasia was cancelled and we reopen its doors next year: March 10-13, 2021, Istanbul (Turkey).
GLOBAL INDUSTRY • Cancelled - The extension of lockdown measures in France has forced GL events to take the decision not to organise Global Industrie Paris in 2020. The event will be held next year in Lyon: March 16-19, 2021, Lyon (France).
PCIM EUROPE • Cancelled - To comply with the guidelines published by the Federal government, the international exhibition and conference for power electronics PCIM Europe will not happen this year. The new dates were recently announced: May 4-6, 2021, Nuremberg (Germany).
CONTROL • Cancelled - The 2020 edition of Control international trade fair for quality assurance had to be cancelled. The next edition will take place in 2021: May 4-7, 2021, Stuttgart (Germany).
JEC WORLD • Cancelled - Originally postponed to May 2020, the leading composites show was finally cancelled. The organizers will welcome visitors and exhibitors next year: March 9-11, 2021, Paris (France).
IFAT • Cancelled - IFAT, the world’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management taking place every two years, was initially postponed to September and then cancelled. The next edition will be held in 2022: May 30 - June 3, 2022, Munich (Germany).
SPS ITALIA • Postponed - The Italian exhibition for industrial automation and smart production solutions was finally postponed by Messe Frankfurt. It will take place digitally (SPS Italia Digital Days) in autumn: September 28-30, 2020, Parma (Italy).
MECSPE • Postponed - Also MECSPE, the leading exhibition for the manufacturing industry and Industry 4.0 in Italy, was postponed. The 2020 edition has been rescheduled for the second time: October 29-31, 2020, Parma (Italy).
AUTOMATICA • Postponed - Messe München decided to postpone the leading exhibition for smart automation and robotics to the end of the year: December 8-11, 2020, Munich (Germany).