The aerial platform exhibition APEX and the International Rental exhibition (IRE), which were scheduled to be held on 9 to 11 June 2020 in Maastricht, The Netherlands, are being postponed to 8 to 10 September 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The European Rental Association (ERA) is also rescheduling its annual convention from 10-11 June to 9-10 September to coincide with the IRE show. The European Rental Awards will now take place in Maastricht on 9 September, 2020.
The organisers of the shows, BV Industrial Promotions International (I.P.I.) and KHL Group, and the supporting associations – IPAF for APEX and ERA for the IRE rental show – are agreed that postponement is the best course of action given the global health crisis and the measures being taken to prevent the spread of the virus. The venue for the events will remain the MECC exhibition centre in Maastricht.
Tony Kenter, Managing Director of I.P.I., said; “We have listened to our partner associations, the exhibitors and the official advice from government bodies, and have taken the decision to postpone the events.
“We are making this decision now, 11 weeks before the events, because it will eliminate any uncertainty and allow both exhibitors and visitors to plan in advance for the new dates. Europe is facing an unprecedented health crisis: we wish the best for the access and rental industries as they negotiate this difficult period.”
James King, Managing Director of KHL Group, said he was certain it was the correct decision; “We have to think about the health and safety of exhibitors, visitors, MECC employees and our own staff. That is what determined our decision.
“We hope that APEX and IRE in September will help our industry ‘get back to business’. For the moment, we all have to focus our efforts on managing the virus.”