With CONEXPO & IFPE—the year’s largest construction industry shows—coming to a close last week, it can be hard to remember that there’s a whole year of travel ahead yet in 2020. For the OEM Off-Highway staff and many of our readers, travel to trade shows, conferences and seminars provides an opportunity to see what is happening in the industry.
However, in light of current health concerns regarding COVID-19, many industry events around the world have been postponed, and in some rare occasions, cancelled until next year.
In an effort to keep our OEM Off-Highway readers informed, we have collected a list of upcoming events that have been postponed or cancelled and their new dates, if available.
Upcoming events which have been postponed
Organizers for the show say the decision to postpone the 2020 show until 2021 was a difficult one but that “In light of today’s extraordinary circumstances and with an abundance of caution, this decision has been made with the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, employees, and show partners in mind. “MATS has a proud tradition…[and] will return stronger than ever in 2021, and will focus on an unforgettable 50th-anniversary event – March 25-27, 2021 in Louisville, KY.”
The annual event which typically takes place in April has been postponed until July 13-17, 2020. "With the July date, we offer our exhibitors the earliest possible time slot to present their innovations to a global audience and to initiate business," says Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Messe AG. "In view of the global economic challenges triggered by the Coronavirus in the first half of the year, the new date offers great opportunities. Thus the world's most important industrial trade fair can provide important impetus for the global economy at an early stage."
Scheduled to take place April 27-30, 2020, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has decided to reschedule these annual seminars. New dates will be announced soon, says AEM, and the seminars will continue to be held at the Westin Chicago Northwest.
The WCX 2020 World Congress Experience, originally scheduled for April 21-23, in Detroit, has been cancelled. Formerly known as SAE World Congress, the show currently does not have new dates; once available, they will be posted on our Events page.
The biennial event PaintExpo was originally set to take place in April, but has been postponed until October 12-15, 2020. It will still take place at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Center in Karlsruhe, Germany.
This annual event focused on sensing technologies has taken a different approach; instead of cancelling or postponing its event, scheduled for late April, organizers are making the conference a digital forum instead of an in-person event. In this way, attendees can still get the information they would have received.
Initially scheduled to take place in May, organizers of WasteExpo have rescheduled for August 10-13, 2020.
Organizers of the show announced on March 13 the show—scheduled to take place May—would be postponed until October 21-25, 2020. The event will now be held alongside Oil&nonoil, an energy, fuel and mobility services trade fair scheduled for October 21-23. This will provide attendees of both shows an even wider breadth of new products to see.
The European editions of these shows are typically held in the spring. However, organizers have decided to postpone until October—just one month after the U.S. versions of the shows. They say they “are committed to running the conference and exhibition in 2020 and are currently working with the Messe Stuttgart venue and are constantly monitoring communications from local, state, and federal agencies to proceed with the event in a safe manner.”
Organizers for the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo are in the process of rescheduling the show for Summer 2020. A notice on its website says all current registrations and sponsor/exhibitor commitments will be transferred to the new dates.
Both Canadian-based heavy equipment events are put on by Master Promotions, which has decided to postpone the shows for the time being. It will announce new dates when possible.
Originally set to take place in early May, the organizers of Agritechnica Asia have chosen to postpone the show until October. “Moving the event to October gives us confidence that we can deliver AGRITECHNICA ASIA and Horti ASIA [a co-located show] to our international standard and maximize business opportunities to all parties,” said the organizers in a statement regarding the postponement.
This year’s NIWeek has been rescheduled to take place August 3-5. Organizer of the event NI (National Instruments) is also rescheduling its Investor Conference which takes place in conjunction with NIWeek for August 4, 2020.
The 2020 edition of the biennial Hillhead—which is held in a quarry in the U.K.—has been postponed until June 2021. Hillhead Event Director Richard Bradbury explains, “The health and safety of exhibitors, visitors, contractors and employees is our number one priority and with the peak of the epidemic predicted to coincide with the show in June, this would be severely compromised.
“Following an extensive consultation process, the decision has been taken to delay the event by a year to allow market conditions to stabilize and to best support the construction and quarrying industry during this challenging period.”
We will continue to update this list as more information is announced, as well as update our Events page where you can find these and all other relevant industry events.
And although travel may be on hold for little while, there is sure to still be plenty of design and innovation occurring in the heavy equipment industry. Which means there will be even more exciting new things to see once travel seasons pick up again.
Have other events you think we should add to our page or you know that has changed dates? Let us know by emailing email@example.com.