Munich Fabric Start, the international textile show scheduled to happen September 1-3, 2020, and View Premium Selection, meant to take place on July 14-15, 2020, are considering changing the dates though no move has been made yet.
A note from the shows’ organization explained the situation.
Aware of the pandemic’s impact on the global textile industry and seeing the great challenges the industry has to face, the note first addressed thoughts and sympathy, especially to people who live in countries without a functioning healthcare system or who are facing evacuation.
“As an organizer of trade fairs, the current situation prevents the heart of our business: bringing together people and exchanging information in the industry. We are aware of the great importance and relevance of our trade fair for manufacturers and fashion companies,” Sebastian Klinder, managing director of Munich Fabric Start, commented. “In this situation, the next meeting and exchange of ideas will become incredibly important. We want to set an example by offering a perspective and providing the textile industry a platform with optimal conditions as soon as possible. To achieve this, we remain flexible in our actions and are prepared to respond to any future developments. We are currently organizing the next two fairs as usual and are working at full capacity to ensure that View Premium Selection in July 2020 and Munich Fabric Start in September 2020 can take place on the planned dates.
At this point, we also try to put ourselves in the position of the exhibitors and visitors to find solutions which are best for all parties involved. To this end, we are currently examining various scenarios with which we can react flexibly and in a solution-oriented manner to any changes in government guidelines for events.”
The show is also focused on finding eventual alternative solutions meant to “organize a trade fair with Corona – instead of after Corona,” as explained by Frank Junker, creative director, Munich Fabric Start. “We are therefore already thinking about necessary modifications for possible Plan B scenarios. In addition to hygiene measures, this may include for example, widening aisles between the stands to create the necessary distancing, possibly regulating access to the exhibition halls, distributing the visitor flow to avoid congestion, distance markings or digital ticketing,” continued Junker.
“At this point in time, it is still too early to make a final statement on the execution of the two trade fairs. It is expected that we will be able to make a decision at the end of April as to whether the fairs can take place. We are in close contact with other trade fair organizers and rely on the findings of experts and political decisions, without own interpretations or statements on the current social and political issues,” Klinder explained.