The new dates for the next EuroBLECH, 26th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition are 9-12 March 2021. This decision was taken after extensive conversations with all exhibitors and partners over recent weeks and months who have expressed their preference not to hold the show in October, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Uncertainties around travel restrictions in order to maintain the truly international character of the EuroBLECH event were also a concern to many participants.
Speaking about the announcement, Nicola Hamann, managing director of Mack Brooks Exhibitions said: “The past months have been challenging, in particular for the sheet metal working industry and its related industry sectors. We have seen a decrease in orders of capital goods and many companies are telling us about their challenges in dealing with the impact of the pandemic.
“Although we have recently received authority approval for our Safety and Security concept to hold EuroBLECH in October this year, we have decided to postpone EuroBLECH to Spring 2021.”
As part of a recent series of industry surveys, the EuroBLECH participants indicated their requirement to network and conduct business in order to pave the way for the recovery of the industry following the pandemic. EuroBLECH will therefore offer a virtual hub for the global sheet metal working industry in October.
“Following feedback from our exhibitors and visitors indicating the need to participate in an event, even if not in a physical form, we will organise a Digital Innovation Summit taking place from 27-30 October, our planned event slot,” Ms Hamann added.
“This Digital Innovation Summit will provide our exhibitors with a platform to demonstrate their latest machines and solutions and arrange virtual meetings with international visitors. We believe it is our duty to assist the industry through these extraordinary times by offering a marketplace this year as a platform for innovations and a starting point for the recovery of the industry.”