New METAV date set: International fair for metalworking technologies to be held next year

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 Coronavirus 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. 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, say the organisers.

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