UPDATE on 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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