December’s rescheduled automatica has been cancelled as a result of travel restrictions caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The next automatica exhibition will now be held from June 21 to 24, 2022 with a new event also planned for the middle of next year.
This decision to cancel December’s exhibition has been taken by Messe München in agreement and close coordination with VDMA Robotics + Automation and the automatica Advisory Board.
In coordination with the industry, Messe München is now developing a compact new in-person event for mid-2021, which will be adapted to the specific circumstances in times of the coronavirus. In addition, automatica is further expanding its digital offering.
It is the second time the event has been hit by the pandemic as automatica was originally scheduled for June. Optimism was high the event could still be staged, however a second spike in cases across Europe has forced organisers to scrap the event altogether.
In a press release issued this week, organisers said: “Due to the increasing number of infections, travel restrictions have been imposed for an increasing number of European countries and regions in recent weeks.
“Similarly, the travel situation outside Europe has barely improved. In addition, many German and international corporations have issued internal travel bans. As a result, most exhibitors fear that only a small fraction of the visitors originally expected will attend.
“For this reason, they no longer consider participating in automatica 2020. Under these circumstances, which are unlikely to improve, automatica 2020 is unable to perform its task of bringing together supply and demand. Holding automatica this December would cause lasting damage to the exhibition in the long run.”
Falk Senger, managing director Messe München, said: “An exhibition thrives on its participants. However, too many of our exhibitors and visitors could not have come to Munich due to travel restrictions. That is why we ultimately had to cancel automatica 2020. This situation makes it all the more important to look ahead now. We are working hard on new offerings to bring the industry together and move it forward.”
“The original decision to postpone automatica was correct. However, with external conditions having deteriorated sharply recently, a reassessment of the situation is essential. We are glad that Messe München has reacted flexibly and is now breaking new ground together with the industry”, confirmed Patrick Schwarzkopf, Managing Director of VDMA Robotics + Automation.
A new exhibition format for summer 2021 is under development, while there is also a planned expansion of a digital offering.
In the new online event series “Let’s talk by automatica”, experts, suppliers and users regularly take a closer look at current issues and trends in robotics and automation.