Last UPDATE: May 06th –
AM Events in France
On March 26th, IDICE, the organizer of the French exhibition the 3D Print Congress & Exhibition. had decided to postpone its event due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Based on the recent governmental decisions, they now confirm October 13 -15th, 2020 as the new dates of the event.
AM Events in the UK
In the UK, the Advanced Materials Show and Ceramics UK, originally scheduled for July 7th, 8th and 9th will now take place on 2nd & 3rd December 2020, Stoneleigh UK.
Steve Bryan, Managing Director of Event Partners the show organisers says “our free events, which were previously scheduled for July are likely to come at a time when the strictest social distancing measures are relaxed in the UK. However, we have taken the decision, in conjunction with our Founding Partners and Advisory Board, that at that time there would be a small risk that the quality of attendees would be compromised. We want to ensure that the industry as a whole retains the confidence they have in us, as the organisers, to deliver a first-class, global celebration in the heart of UK manufacturing, without compromise.”
The organizer assures that the event will still gather a highly focused audience, all involved in the research, production, purchasing or integration of advanced materials technology including Graphene & 2D Materials, Composites, Polymers, Coatings, and Ceramics.
Another UK-held event that has been impacted by this pandemic is TCT 3Sixty. Originally scheduled for 29 September – 01 October 2020, the event will now take place from 29 June – 01 July 2021. The venue for the event, the NEC, Birmingham, UK is unchanged.
The disappoint is huge for the Rapid News team who had reimagined the well known TCT Show as TCT 3Sixty. “We are grateful to the NEC for working alongside us to identify a dateline which we believe will work for the great majority of our exhibitors and provide much-needed reassurance for visitors. Whilst we are disappointed that the re-imagined event will not now debut in September, we are confident the additional time we have to develop the event will result in a better experience for all involved”, states Duncan Wood, CEO of Rapid News Group.
The new TCT Show will be co-located alongside Rapid News Group’s other industrial events: Interplas, the plastics show; as well as Med-Tech Innovation Expo, a medical design and manufacturing technology event.
UPDATE: March 26th –
Asian Additive Manufacturing events are not the only ones that are postponed or cancelled due to Coronavirus outbreak concerns.
As far as the AM industry is concerned, TCT Asia, originally scheduled to take place in Shanghai in February (19-21) was the first one to be postponed on the Asian market.
Despite the immediate measures put in place by several institutions, the latest outbreak of this pneumonia virus is now affecting trade fairs and exhibitions worldwide. Indeed, events that usually gather more than 1000 people are likely to be cancelled or postponed due to the epidemic.
Added on March 26th:
AM Events in Asia
The Second AM Show – Nagoya, originally planned for April 15th, 16 & 17th, has now been postponed to September 9th-11th, 2020.
The AM Singaporean week, originally scheduled from 11-15 May 2020 has been cancelled. This event will be back in May 2021.
“In addition, all of our in-person events scheduled until the end of September 2020 will be cancelled and resumed in 2021. Our next event is the NAMIC Global AM Summit, held in conjunction with the Industrial Transformation ASIA PACIFIC – a Hannover Messe event, slated to be held from 20-22 October 2020. We are in discussions with our partners and will keep everyone apprised as we monitor the evolving situation”, states Ho Chaw Sing, Ph.D, Managing Director, NAMIC Singapore.
AM Events in the USA
The 2020 editions of AM events RAPID + TCT 2020 & AMUG have been cancelled.
AM Events in Europe
Jakajima has also decided to postpone its event “3D printing Value Chain”, originally scheduled for the month of April 21th & 22nd. The event will now take place on September 15th to 16th.
These events are now respectively postponed to October 7th & 8th for APS Meetings and June 9th to 12th with regards to Global Industrie.
Added on March 26th:
Given the current situation of the Coronavirus pandemic in France, IDICE has decided to postpone the 3D Print Congress & Exhibition. Nothing has been decided yet regarding the new dates of the show.
Added on March 27thth:
IDTechEx is currently exploring options for new dates for the event 3D Printing Europe. For now, the Conference & Exhibition originally scheduled for May 13rd & 14th has been postponed.
Added on March 06th:
Still in regard of the AM industry, following the cancellation of the Geneva International Motor Show, we now count on this growing list: Arburg Technology Days 2020 that should be held from March 11th to 14th, 2020, in Lossburg (Germany) and METAV 2020, which was initially planned from 10 to 13 March 2020 in Düsseldorf (Germany).
With regards to Arburg Technology Days, the company reassures that “at present, there are no known suspected cases in the direct vicinity of the company. The opening of the Training Center on March 6th, 2020, with VIP guests from the region, will [then] take place as planned.”
“This is not a decision we took lightly, but the coronavirus or Covid-19 has in recent days exhibited extremely dynamic proliferation. With the high number of people infected in Italy, and its spread in North RhineWestphalia, directly on the METAV’s doorstep, anxieties among our exhibitors have risen steeply”, comments METAV 2020 Team.
First publication on March 1st:
Hannover Messe 2020 that was originally planned from April 20-24, has now been postponed to July 13 -17.
Even though Chancellor Angela Merkel is opposed to cancellation of all events, it should be noted that at present, cases are now on the rise in her country.
In Germany, the only AM event that will effectively take place on March 11th & 12th as planned is the Additive Manufacturing Forum 2020 organized by IPM AG in Berlin.
“We are in contact with the responsible Berlin health authority Neukölln, which currently sees no reason not to hold the event. The participants of the AM Forum, 90 percent of whom come from the DACH region, are known to us by name. Participants from the risk areas defined by the Robert Koch Institute will not take part”, announced the organizer. Lastly, in order to keep safety as a top priority, all participants are invited to fill out a questionnaire about their whereabouts and travel activities in the past 14 days.
In Belgium, due to reduced travel in the spring following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Materialise World Summit, a corporate event organized by Materialise will now take place on November 5th & 6th.
Digital actions, the new alternative?
Organizers that have decided to maintain their event during this period have opted for a digital solution.
The cancellation of several events and the decrease in travel during this period do not only impact events’ organizers activities – or airlines to a larger extent -. Many companies of the industry will also struggle with decreased sales volumes and revenues.
For now, we have noted that companies are increasingly leveraged digital actions launched through the online trade press which, in the end, always brings together the community they are looking for.
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