METAV 2020 has been postponed

Frank­furt am Main, 28 Feb­ru­ary 2020 –. The METAV 2020, the Inter­na­tion­al Exhi­bi­tion for Met­al­work­ing Tech­nolo­gies, sched­uled to be held in Düs­sel­dorf from 10 to 13 March, has been post­poned. To quote Dr. Wil­fried Schäfer, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the METAV’s host VDW (Ger­man Machine Tool Builders’ Asso­ci­a­tion): “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 Rhine-West­phalia, direct­ly on the METAV’s doorstep, anx­i­eties among our exhibitors have risen steeply.” After Germany’s Fed­er­al Health Min­is­ter Jens Spahn had spo­ken of an incip­i­ent epi­dem­ic in Ger­many, and trav­ellers from cri­sis-hit regions are with imme­di­ate effect being checked on arrival, some major exhibitors have can­celled their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the METAV. “Since fur­ther devel­op­ments are unfore­see­able, we decid­ed at once to post­pone the METAV. In con­sul­ta­tive coor­di­na­tion with our asso­ciate, the trade fair organ­is­er Messe Düs­sel­dorf, we shall be announc­ing the new dates as quick­ly as pos­si­ble, so exhibitors and vis­i­tors can firm up their plans with­out undue delay,” says Dr. Schäfer.

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