The sixteenth season of the WOODTEC fair, which was scheduled to take place at the Brno Exhibition Centre on October 21 to 23, 2020, will not take place this year. The decision to cancel the fair was taken in agreement between BVV Trade Fairs Brno and the Union of Manufacturers and Importers of Woodworking Machinery and Equipment. The main reason for the cancellation of WOODTEC and its postponing to the next year is the persisting uncertainty in the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and related government measures of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, which do not allow to organize a trade fair with daily attendance of 3 to 5 thousand visitors.
Due to the COVID situation, the traditional Brno International Engineering Fair, scheduled for October 5 – 9, held regularly since 1959 at the Brno Exhibition Center, in the Czech Republic has been canceled. The decision was taken the Board of Directors of Veletrhy Brno (BVV Trade Fairs Brno Co.) on June 25, 2020, on the basis of a thorough consideration of all factors and risks associated with the holding of the fair, including an evaluation of the current health rules for trade fairs and mass events. This breaks the long uninterrupted tradition of the fair, which in the last decade has become the leading industrial fair of Central Europe. “The MSV fair has never been canceled. But we had to end the lingering uncertainty surrounding its holding. It was the most difficult decision I ever had to make. After cancellation of AMB Stuttgart, the MSV is another COVID victim among leading European shows," announced Mr. Jiří Kuliš, CEO of BVV Trade Fairs Brno.
Due to the COVID situation, the traditional International Engineering Fair, held regularly since 1959 at the Brno Exhibition Centre in the Czech Republic, has been cancelled. The decision was taken by the Board of Directors of Veletrhy Brno (BVV Trade Fairs Brno), on the basis of a thorough consideration of all factors and risks associated with the organizing of the trade fair, including an evaluation of the current health rules for trade fairs and mass gathering events.
The trade fair industry expects from the government a clear prospect of restarting trade fairs, which mirror the economic situation. However, under the influence of the coronovirus crisis and government restrictions, the situation is not good at all. Trade fairs are a business platform that will be important for restarting the economy by presenting innovations, new technologies and products and for new orders.
"I am hoping the situation in the Czech Republic and Europe in general will calm down in the coming months and we can start the trade fair season from the end of August. We have adjusted the preparation schedule for the MSV, our most important show, so that companies have greater certainty about the feasibility of the fair happening. We are intervening with the Czech government as much as we can ", says Jiří Kuliš, CEO, about the current situation of the Brno Trade Fair Co.
Due to the current Europe-wide ban on mass events, including the organisation of trade fairs and conferences, the management of BVV Trade Fairs Brno decided in this emergency situation to postpone the URBIS Smart City Fair to a later date – 2 and 3 September 2020.
Due to the current ban on holding mass events, including the organization of trade fairs, and the generally uncertain “force majeure” situation, the management of BVV Trade Fairs Brno decided to postpone the SALIMA food fairs to a later date, specifically 19 to 22 November 2020.
The company Veletrhy Brno, in agreement with partnership industry associations, decided to reschedule agricultural equipment trade fair exhibitions to 2021. All the interested parties agreed that reached solution would be the most appropriate response to eliminate the economic risk associated with the possible ban on large public events. The new term of the trade fair exhibition will be 11 – 15 April 2021.
With respect to recommendations issued by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, BVV Trade Fairs Brno (Veletrhy Brno, a.s.) prepares all planned trade fairs and other events according to its 2020 exhibition calendar. The Czech health authorities have strengthened surveillance measurements in response to the international spread of the coronavirus disease. At the moment there has been no confirmed case of this virus in the Czech Republic and no extraordinary measures have been imposed by the responsible institutions to restrict or prohibit events involving the presence of larger number of participants. Some trade fair events in Germany have been postponed to a later date due to the strong participation of Asian, especially Chinese exhibitors who are currently not being granted Schengen entry visa.
Robots, the Internet of Things, virtual simulation systems and control by means of artificial intelligence – this year's MSV confirmed the massive advent of digital technology into industrial practice. All covered areas of the exhibition grounds were sold out and the whole Brno lived with the largest Central European trade show. The exhibits of 1,662 exhibiting companies from 30 countries were seen by more than 81 thousand visitors in five days. The companies were satisfied with both the number and quality of visitors and their interest in the exhibited products.