Fespa has rescheduled the Global Print Expo, the European Sign Expo and Sportswear Pro tradeshows that were scheduled to be held this week in Madrid but were postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak in mainland Europe to October 2020.
The wide format and textile co-located tradeshows will now take place at the IFEMA – Feria de Madrid – from October 6 to 8 this year.
Fespa CEO Neil Felton says, “Despite the ongoing impact that the coronavirus is having on the speciality print sector, we’ve been overwhelmed by the strong demand from our global community for a Fespa platform in 2020. Therefore, we are extremely pleased to confirm that our shows will be going ahead on these re-scheduled dates and we’re very grateful to IFEMA team, who have been fully supportive of our decision under the extraordinary circumstances.
“Throughout this difficult time, we remain in close dialogue and consultation with our exhibitors to establish how Fespa is able to best support their 2020 product launches, engage with existing customers and nurture new prospects in the speciality print sector to fuel their future growth. We remain confident in the unique value of Fespa Global Print Expo for our specific stakeholder community.”
Felton says Fespa will provide further updates regarding the events in due course.
The announcement comes after the printing megashow, drupa, was also forced to postpone from June 2020 to April 2021.
Tradeshows all over the world have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic with Visual Impact on the Gold Coast and next year’s PacPrint shows also postponed. Packaging specific trade show, interpack, has also been postponed to early 2021.
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