New METAV date set

Inter­na­tion­al fair for met­al­work­ing tech­nolo­gies to be held next year

Frank­furt am Main, 9 March 2020. – METAV 2020 is post­poned until March 2021. It will now be held from 23 to 26 March 2021. “We are delight­ed to have agreed a new date togeth­er with our part­ner, Messe Düs­sel­dorf, so quick­ly,” says Dr. Wil­fried Schäfer, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the METAV organ­is­er VDW (Ger­man Machine Tool Builders’ Asso­ci­a­tion).

METAV 2020 was orig­i­nal­ly sched­uled to take place from 10 to 13 March this year, but had to be post­poned due to the coro­na virus epi­dem­ic. This made it all the more impor­tant for the organ­is­ers to find a replace­ment slot quick­ly, allow­ing exhibitors to plan ahead with cer­tain­ty. “This was no easy mat­ter, because the entire trade fair cal­en­dar has had to be rejigged due to the large num­ber of exhi­bi­tion can­cel­la­tions and post­pone­ments,” says Schäfer. The organ­is­ers are opti­misti­cal­ly assum­ing that the coro­na prob­lem will be resolved by the begin­ning of 2021. There is also a rea­son­able expec­ta­tion that the econ­o­my will have start­ed to recov­er by next spring. The engi­neer­ing indus­try, as one of the key cus­tomers of the machine tool sec­tor, is expect­ing demand to bounce back once the coro­na cri­sis is over­come.

All the con­tracts with the rough­ly 460 METAV exhibitors will remain valid for the new date,” con­firms VDW Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Schäfer. METAV will be the most impor­tant met­al­work­ing trade fair in the first half of 2021 and will pave the way for invest­ment deci­sions, espe­cial­ly in the Ger­man mar­ket and the Benelux coun­tries. Franz-Xaver Bern­hard, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the long-stand­ing METAV exhibitor Hermle AG in Gosheim, agrees: “We are expect­ing the eco­nom­ic sit­u­a­tion to have improved sig­nif­i­cant­ly in a year’s time and that METAV in March 2021 will rep­re­sent a good plat­form for meet­ing the reviv­ing demand.” Hans-Jür­gen Büch­n­er, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Iscar Ger­many GmbH in Ettlin­gen, says: “We, too, will be at METAV in 2021, because after the eco­nom­ic down­turn in the cur­rent year, we will be using this proven plat­form to present our­selves to cus­tomers and to revive busi­ness.”

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