The 2020 edition of the Trade Fair Kunststoffen is cancelled. Mikrocentrum is announcing this after consultation with its stakeholders. Trade Fair Kunststoffen was scheduled on the 2nd and 3rd of December in the Brabanthallen in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.
Geert Hellings, managing director of Mikrocentrum: “Through surveys among the visitors, surveys among the exhibitors and various additional contacts, we have continuously polled the opinions and advices of exhibitors, visitors and collaboration partners during this corona virus outbreak. In our contacts with exhibitors, we have noticed positive reactions as well as hesitation towards participation.
Green light, however uncertainties remained
On Thursday October 8th, Mikrocentrum organized a meeting for the exhibitors in the ‘Brabanthallen’. At the demo exhibition, exhibitors could experience the extensive, implemented safety measures. The overall opinion of the exhibitors who were present was that Mikrocentrum was able to organize this fair in a safe way. This has already been confirmed by the Dutch Safety Region. However, uncertainties remained.
Consultation with stakeholders
Concerns were related to the number of expected visitors and the health of all involved. This was intensified by the recent rapidly increasing number of corona infections. That is why Mikrocentrum asked the exhibitors for advice about whether or not to continue this trade fair and allowed them the opportunity to cancel free of charge, while retaining participation in 2021. The results of these advices, the number of cancellations and the developments around the corona virus, were key elements in making this decision by Mikrocentrum. The partial lockdown announced by the Dutch government on October 13, calling for a reduction in travel movements and social contacts for at least the next four weeks, reinforces and confirms the decision.
Focus on 2021
Facilitating business contacts for both visitors and exhibitors was the key motivator over the past months. That is why Mikrocentrum made a lot of efforts and additional investments to organize this trade fair in the safest way possible. As an independent knowledge and network organization, Mikrocentrum facilitates trade fairs for and with companies in the technical manufacturing industry. Hellings: "Organizing a trade fair in this corona pandemic requires extra efforts and investments. We do that together. That's why this cancellation decision was mutual. Mikrocentrum will soon start preparations for the upcoming edition and will develop additional (digital) alternatives throughout the year to facilitate meetings and business in these special times", says Hellings.
The Trade Fair Kunststoffen will take place next year in September.