Agenda to update: the dates of the main international fairs
The ninth edition of Made in Steel, the most important event in southern Europe dedicated to the entire steel supply chain, has been postponed to 26, 27 and 28 May 2021, still in the traditional setting of fieramilano Rho. EuroBLECH, the international exhibition of sheet metal working technology, initially scheduled for March 9-12, 2021 at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany, has also been postponed to October 2022.
Two of the steel industry’s leading international trade shows, given the lingering wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, have decided to move their appointments with exhibitors and industry professionals. The year 2020 has been a suspended year, marked by strong economic, political and social uncertainty, which is severely limiting the possibilities to move, travel and meet. Even the main international events in the steel sector have been forced to cancel their respective editions this year, in the hope that the arrival and spread of vaccines will allow a return to “normality” by next summer.
MADE IN STEEL
This is why Made in Steel 2021, hosted in pavilions 22 and 24 of fieramilano Rho during the three days of Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 May, will be an even more important event. In fact, it will be the first occasion in which steel companies – not only Italian but European – will be able to meet again and resume relations that had been interrupted. Moreover, Made in Steel 2021 will take place in conjunction with Lamiera, the international event dedicated to the industry of machine tools for sheet metal deformation and innovative technologies related to the sector, promoted by UCIMU-Sistemi per produrre.
“Let’s not waste this great global crisis because it can turn into a rebirth opportunity for the entire supply chain. Men are social animals, they need contact, to see each other and meet. Made in Steel will be an important meeting window for operators in the supply chain, a moment to exchange ideas, an opportunity to review business models. The beginning of the rebirth of steel” commented Emanuele Morandi, President and CEO of Made in Steel.
There is an even longer wait for EuroBLECH, which will be held again by the organizers of Mack Brooks Exhibitions from October 25 to 28, 2022. The 26th edition of the show was originally scheduled for October 2020, but then moved preemptively to March 9-12, 2021. Now the new announcement that moves the event directly to 2022, restoring the usual biennial cadence of the largest international trade show for sheet metal working technology. Thanks to its huge machinery exhibition, EuroBLECH is the industry’s benchmark, bringing together the most innovative technological solutions, equipment and materials suitable for multinationals as well as small and medium-sized companies.
Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of Mack-Brooks Exhibitions, said: “Following extensive conversations with all participants, we have come to the decision to postpone the event and return it to its biennial cycle. Based on current international developments due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has brought additional lockdowns and travel restrictions, we feel that postponing is a sign of responsibility. Hopefully, this announcement, which came well in advance of the event taking place, will allow time for the world situation to stabilize. When it is safe to do so, the event can continue to play a key role in bringing the global sheet metalworking industry together again. By making this decision now, we allow for planning security. EuroBLECH will return to its initial event schedule and thus come back stronger in 2022.”
EUROBLECH DIGITAL INNOVATION SUMMIT
Meanwhile, Mack Brooks Exhibitions has announced a series of digital events that are part of the new EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit format.
“With the recent launch of the EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit,” continues Nicola Hamann, “we have laid the groundwork for a hybrid approach that will allow us to run a series of digital events for the sheet metal working industry in 2021. As a result, but as the industry recovers over the next year, we will offer opportunities to meet, network and conduct business in a secure and professional online environment.”
Already, 5,500 professionals from 91 countries have attended the first EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit, with webinars on recent industry trends, exhibitor presentations and hundreds of featured products. For updates and more information, the website of choice is www.euroblech.com.